The owner of Mane Haus follows her dreams one hairstyle at a time.

BUFFALO (WKBW) – Sometimes you just have to follow your dreams. mane housea new salon on William Street in Cheektowaga is a prime example of this approach.

The welcoming living room with a fun atmosphere is the brainchild of Buffalo native Kelsey Regan, who opened Mane Haus six months ago. “We try to mix new styles and old styles together,” Kelsey explains.

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Kelsey Regan, owner and stylist at Mane Haus, works on coloring a client’s hair at her new salon in Cheektowaga.

“My maiden name was Main, and I thought that was a fun pun because ‘mane’ like a lion’s mane for hair, and I was doing it out of my house. So Mane Haus, but house in German. I am of majority German heritage”.

Home matters because when the pandemic hit Kelsey was forced to work from home. In November 2021, she decided to take a leap of faith, leave the salon she was in and open her own place.

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The Mane Haus lounge opened on William Street in Cheektowaga in November 2021

“Let me be honest. I was terrified,” Kelsey said. “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it. I thought it was going to be a really crazy ride. It all fell into place. That’s how I knew it was good.”

Kelsey says business at Mane Haus has gotten off to a good start thanks in part to its motivated team. Enter and you’ll find associate stylist Ariel Cecchini, Savannah the beagle, and Kelsey’s husband Sam, also known as “The Yeti Barber.”

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Sam Regan, also known as “The Yeti Barber”, gets to work on a haircut for one of his clients.

“We’re not co-owners, she’s actually charging me rent,” laughed Sam, who got the nickname “Yeti” from a family member. “It’s the best. I work out with my best friend every day. We sleep and breathe hair. That’s what we do,” Sam added.

“We do everything from haircuts to beard cuts, hair extensions, creative color and traditional color,” Kelsey said. And visitors can be as creative as they want.

When we visited, one of Kelsey’s clients, Veronica, sat in the chair and had her hair colored blue. “Bright neon blue, with a hint of white in the bang,” Kelsey said. “I love making people feel beautiful, I love conversations. It’s rewarding.”

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Mane Haus inspires customers to get as creative with color as they want.

And Kelsey hopes the Mane Haus salon will not only become a go-to place for great hair, but also encourage others to follow their dreams.

“When someone says you’re just a hairstylist, you really aren’t. You can be a friend, you can be a mentor, you can help newcomers.” “I want people to know you can do it and it’s really not as scary as I thought it would be.”