In 2015 I was able to create the beautiful space that is — Starling Hair and Beauty. Holding true to my vision, we offer clients a high standard of excellence and skill in an approachable yet sophisticated setting.


We all share the same intense passion for hair design supported by
years of experience and training.


The name Starling came from my deep love of nature and how it constantly fuels my inspiration. Starlings are a city bird and move together in a magical, fluid way that is ever-changing.


I welcome you to join us for the best hair experience possible. 



Mary Dolan & the Starling team

our team

Owner Mary aims to accentuate the positive in every client she sees. She began her hairstyling career in 1983  graduating from Portsmouth School of Beauty, then going on to advanced training at Vidal Sassoon in London, England, The Horst Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota,  and numerous advanced color training including Davines Color Theory and Creative Application in Providence, Rhode Island. Most recently, she studied styling techniques with Sally Rogerson, former Vidal Sasson Creative Director Santa Monica, California. Mary's impeccable reputation for modern haircuts incorporating a precise balance of studied technical skill and personal flair - accentuated with beautiful, flattering color. 


Mary studied makeup artistry at the prestigious Makeup Designory in Los Angeles where she completed a month-long beauty makeup program for film, television, print and special events.

SPECIALTIES: Color, Balayage, Styling

AVAILABILITY: Monday, ​Tuesday, Wednesday


Jayceen from New York is a versatile hair stylist. Jayceen’s refined experience has led her to excel with hairstyles of all kinds. Jayceen has trained extensively with some of the best in the industry including the Redken Exchange and Paul Mitchell. Jayceen is a certified Dinair airbrush makeup artist as well as a Brazilian Blowout specialist. 

Whether you’re looking for an edgy style, something classic, conservative or trendy Jayceen will highlight your hair's best attributes. Best of all Jayceen’s free-spirited personality makes her the perfect stylist to develop new looks for any clients’ lifestyle. Jayceen is attentive, listens and takes time to consult with each and every client so that she can deliver the best experience and look for her clients. 

Jayceen's flair, willingness to learn and her continuing education has allowed her to continue to please her clients over the years. Jayceen’s experience with top styling products like Kevin Murphy, LOMA, Milkshake, Davies and Kenne gives her the experience and knowledge to give you the style you are looking for.

SPECIALTIES: Dinair airbrush makeup, Brazilian blowout

AVAILABILITY: Monday, ​Tuesday, Wednesday: By Appointment Only


Samantha's career as a licensed stylist began in 1994, after serving a New Hampshire State Board-supervised apprenticeship for the owner of a small, popular hair salon here in Portsmouth.  She is always seeking the most modern, fashion-forward ways to cut, color and style hair. As an apprentice, her Sassoon trained instructor imprinted her cutting techniques as well as instilled a drive to further her coloring skills independently. While working for an Aveda salon, she availed herself of their fantastic in-house and out-of-state education opportunities, earning seven certificates in six years for color and styling. She has also learned from Oscar Bond, Ashlee Norman, Dante Pronio, Maria Booth, Rowena Hiraga and Corinna Hernandez/Pony Salon Education.

Having had many years of experience with multiple color lines and products, Samantha is proud to use the Italian line Davines for the highest quality and lowest environmental impact.  Creating a beautiful world is something we can all contribute to in many ways. As for her, first and foremost this includes respecting our environment and celebrating kindness and diversity. Professionally, Samantha strives to provide superior service and luxurious, wearable results.

SPECIALTIES: Color, Hair Painting, Cutting & Styling for all genders

AVAILABILITY: ​Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

  • Starling Hair & Beauty
  • Starling Hair & Beauty

Phone: 603-433-6555

Salon: 5 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA

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