Coloring Team

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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.

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Elisa Barnett

Colorist

Elisa Barnett

A graduate of The Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology, Elisa has a versatile background in styling and color. Originally starting in Baltimore, Elisa has now been working in Washington, D.C. for almost 10 years behind-the-chair, and was fortunate enough to work side by side with Ian, who has inspired her since day one in her career. She has also trained at the Bumble & Bumble Academy, L’Oréal Academy, Vidal Sassoon Academy and Wella Systems. Today, Elisa has found her passion in hair painting. Whether it’s balayage or coloring with foils, she is a firm believer in going above and beyond to help her clients look and feel their very best. A true wanderlust, you can find Elisa on-the-go, traveling to destinations across the globe, and dining at the newest restaurants.

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Jess Dunaway

Colorist

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.

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Jordan Aaron

Colorist

No stranger to the arts scene, Jordan graduated from the prestigious Tuskegee University in creative writing and English. After moving to D.C., Jordan discovered her true love for hair when she attended the Paul Mitchell Academy’s cosmetology program in 2013. Throughout the years, she participated in various local hair competitions and has been featured in media including WJLA-TV’s Let’s Talk Live. Jordan was mentored under Ian McCabe himself as an apprentice and now as an emerging colorist with other leading experts at the studio. Jordan prides herself on her vibrant, funky and eclectic personality. If she’s not at the salon, Jordan is most likely on an airplane to her next adventurous destination, meeting new people or dancing.

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Ashleah Thornton

Colorist

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.

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Elle Hegarty

Colorist

Elle is our resident redhead and extension expert at Ian McCabe Studio’s Union Market location. A graduate of Paul Mitchell Academy, Elle’s five years in the industry showcase a range of talents. She worked in Annapolis salons and barbershops, and her time with butter London and Cover FX makeup inspired a freelance bridal hair and makeup business. Her recent role as Brand Manager of Alfaparf Milano connected her to Ian McCabe during a color program in Miami, where his elite standards and training inspired her to challenge her artistry behind the chair. Since joining the team in 2017, she enjoys color corrections the most because it exercises her color theory experience, and she loves teaching the apprentices her newfound knowledge. A former dancer with The National Ballet and The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, she enjoys Latin dance in her free time.