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Ian McCabe

Owner and Colorist

Ian McCabe has been in the industry since the age of 16 and was already behind the chair as a successful colorist by the age of 19 in Baltimore, MD. Since relocating to Washington, DC, Ian has established a loyal - bordering on obsessed - clientele base that includes White House staffers and European style makers. Sought after for his expertise in balayage and his ability to create the perfect custom hair color for his clients, Ian has become DC's premier hair colorist. Ian approaches every client like a VIP and is known for his patience, attention to detail, and intrinsic ability to execute a vision. Ian has worked closely alongside some of the top stylists and colorists in the industry, including Nancy Braun, Victoria Hunter, Jack Howard, and Lena Ott. His work has appeared in high-profile glossies such as Allure Magazine, Capital File, and Baltimore Magazine.

Elisa Barnett

Stylist & Colorist

Elisa’s love for hair and making people feel beautiful was evident at an early age. At the age of ten, Elisa, started hosting ‘makeover parties’ in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and by high school, she had firmly established herself as the ’go to’ stylist of all of her friends and friends of friends.  Her interests were equally shared between color and cutting and her resume reflects her razor sharp focus to hone her skills in both areas.  She has trained at the Bumble and Bumble Academy, L’Oreal Academy, Vidal Sassoon Academy and, Wella Systems.  Elisa  believes that hair is an accessory you wear everyday, it should be easy, natural, and never ‘overdone’.  She truly loves all aspects of hair and the idea of a start to finish approach with her clients. Elisa’s commitment to attention to detail and the collaborative process with her clients in both, color and cut, make her a truly exceptional talent.

Jess Dunaway


Jess Dunaway's love for hair was already evident by the age of five, when she placed a sign in her family's front window offering free haircuts. She has since honed her skills working in Washington DC under the tutelage of Ian McCabe, who she considers her mentor and role model. Her drive and determination ultimately led her to the honor of being named one of DC's best colorist by Washingtonian Magazine. Her work has been featured in Elle, Vogue Girl Korea, Seventeen, Harper's Bazaar Australia, Australian Cosmo, US Glamour, Australian Glamour, and Grazia Magazine, to name a few. When Jess is not tending to her DC clients, she can be found working backstage at New York Fashion Week and on major advertising campaigns such as Urban Outfitters, Lake and Stars, and Earnest Sewn.

Jordan Aaron


Originally from Georgia, Jordan comes to Ian McCabe Studio eager to explore her talent in the art of hair painting and styling.  Her passion for the beauty industry, developed at a young age, became a reality when she attended one of Washington, DC's top beauty schools.  With extensive training in cosmetology, Jordan earned the position of Colorist under DC’s expert stylists and colorists at Ian McCabe Studio.  Outside the studio, Jordan seeks to better serve those around her by engaging in community-driven projects and local charity events.

Ashleah Thornton


Ashleah comes from a long line of barbers on her father's side and despite previous careers in writing and design, hair is ingrained in her DNA. Born in Georgia and raised in Maryland, Ashleah possesses Southern charm with an East Coast fashion sense. She believes the idea of "good hair" and "bad hair" is a myth, and hair is her canvas to paint, carve, and twirl upon. She enjoys the collaborative process with clients and exudes a quiet focus when bringing that vision to fruition. Ashleah worked as a Network Educator at Bumble & Bumble, trained at Vidal Sassoon, and was the first apprentice at the famed D.C. salon Immortal Beloved. It was while training with hairpainting pioneers Victoria Hunter and Larry Raspanti from Whittemore House in New York City that Ashleah learned about Ian McCabe. Upon connecting, Ashleah instantly fell in love with Ian's meticulous hair design and unique culture. A firm believer in fearlessness, she challenges herself outside of work through education and editorial pursuits.