Staff Profile

John

Designer

INSPIRATION

My initial inspiration came from my father, John Howard Kovacs, who was also a hairstylist. He owned the most prestigious hair salon in Fairfield County, CT in the 60’s and 70’s. My father instilled in me a passion to always keep learning and always keep pushing myself creatively. He gave me the confidence to pursue my career in New York City with Vidal Sassoon.

 My career in hairstyling started over 30 years ago when I earned a spot at the legendary Vidal Sassoon Salon. As a stylist there I created innovative styles for hair collections, educational workshops, and demonstrated cutting techniques and styles at hair shows. I brought those skills as an educator to Aveda to help them expand in NYC and launch their flagship salon and Aveda Institute in SoHo. It was in SoHo NYC where my life long dream of opening my own salon came true. In 1997 I helped open Space Salon which earned a reputation as one of New York’s hippest salons, with regular clients including Christy Turlington, Gisele Bündchen, and Edward Burns, just to name a few. While at Space Salon, I was called upon numerous times for my expert advice by many of the leading fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour and In-Style. I have also appeared on two episodes of the hit TV show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”.

In my career I’ve had the honor to work with legends such as Vidal Sassoon, Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher and former Vidal Sassoon International Creative Director, Tim Hartley and now the very talented David J. Witchell.

I have a down-to-earth, easy going personality and I get energy and creativity by sharing ideas with my co-workers. I'm a people person who enjoys getting to know my clients and building relationships with them. My attention to detail and haircutting ability is what has garnered the trust and loyalty of my clients.

I’m truly honored and inspired to join the talented staff of the David J. Witchell Salon. I feel very excited to start this new adventure in my career!


FAVORITE PRODUCTS

Kérastase
Elixir Ultime –
provides weightless nourishment, shine and smoothing to
unruly hair



Kérastase
Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer – smoothing leave-in treatment for
over-processed and damaged hair.



Kérastase Materialiste Hair Spray
Gel – thickening spray that makes hair fuller, non-sticky and flexible hold.


HOBBIES / INTERESTS

I enjoy playing baseball, attending
live music concerts, skiing, and collecting wine. I get so much joy spending
time and traveling with the loves of my life, my wife Tanya and two boys, Caleb
and Luca.