Pierre Ouaknine

Women are very picky about who lays a hand on their hair. But it will be in great hands, literally, by Pierre Ouaknine. Immigrating from Casablanca with his 12 siblings and parents to New York City in the mid-sixties, Pierre never imagined being co-owner of one of the hautest and most enduring salons in all of America. Along with his childhood friend, Michel Obadia, they founded Pierre Michel Salon. Once Pierre was in America looking for employment, he found employment with the salon that would later join forces with Revlon. After an encounter with Creative Director of ad giant DDB Worldwide, Pierre was doing sittings for fashion magazines as well as television commercials and print ads. Top models started contacting Pierre to offer his services as a hairdresser and joined an elite team of hairdressers. Donald Trump made them an offer they couldn’t refuse to move their location from West 57th Street to the newly renovated Trump Towers. Once established there, the salon offered some of the most innovative and highly advanced beauty services.


Where were you born ?
Casablanca, Morroco
How long in New york:
50 years
East Midtown
Owner of Pierre Michel Beauty Salon
Favorite Restaurant:
Mr. Chow
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Da Silvano
Best place for late night dining:
Blue Ribbon
Best dessert:
Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate
Best place for a romantic date:
My apartment. I am an excellent cook.
Best Sunday brunch:
Hautest Club/Lounge:
My club days are long behind me.
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Central Park
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Four Seasons
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Best Spa:
Red Door, Elizabeth Arden
Favorite Charity Event:
Coalition for the Homeless. My daughter got me interested. They are a stellar organization.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Dennis Basso Fashion Show-he is an old friend.
Best Aspect of New york:
Anything is possible, even for an immigrant!
Best Steakhouse:
I don't eat steak.
Best Pizza:
Joe's Pizza
Best Lunch:
La Colonial- it's a block away from the salon
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I go to the gym in my building.
Best Massage:
Little Asian place across the street from my apartment.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Chinatown, great teas.
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