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A new salon gets Washington, D.C. residents’ vote for its top-notch design and services.

Ian McCabe Studio is one of the newest and hottest pampering spots in Washington, D.C.’s upscale West End neighborhood. Designed by John Linam Architects and Simply Design, the intimate 1,365-square-foot salon, which opened at the end of May, boasts a functional and open floor plan, with 10 chairs in the space. According to owner Ian McCabe, the juxtaposition of warm wood and industrial features of stone, paper and concrete fill the room with modern comfort. The chic and elegant space also features zebrawood styling stations, concrete floors that are polished to reveal a natural finish and a shampoo area decorated with Warhol-inspired wallpaper. “Every element was taken into consideration when creating the custom studio, as expected from a team that does the same for any head of hair that comes through,” says McCabe, who runs the salon with founder and business director Matt Maskell.

Offering a range of styling, texturizing and color services, the salon specializes in balayage color. McCabe’s unique, modernized method involves multiple angles, colors and tones to create a new, customized hue that resembles youthful highlights and a sun-kissed look. In order to standardize the balayage technique, McCabe holds weekly lessons, assuring that each member of his staff acquires the most prestigious, up-to-date knowledge in color, styling and cuts. He even hopes to someday establish his own personal color line.

It’s this devotion to education and top-notch services that has helped the salon secure a fully booked schedule of appointments for new and current clients. “This is a result of our dedication and promise to deliver clients the most prestigious expertise and experience in seamless color, style and cuts,” McCabe says.

“Clients have remarked how welcoming and unpretentious the salon and its staff are, despite its offering of high-end facilities and the highest level of services,” he adds. “The salon’s talented team follows the motto ‘under-promise and over-deliver,’ yet another reason why clients continue to come back for more.” ✂ —Nicole Altavilla

Warhol-inspired wallpaper adorns the shampoo area

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeremy and Ashley Mitchell of We Are The Mitchells