You know how people use certain physical descriptions to describe someone? Like, "my coworker with the wonky eye?" or "my cousin who used to be fat, but then lost a lot of weight taking illegal fat burning pills from Mexico, got hospitalized and then got fat again?" Well, when people talk about me, I have no clue what they say verbatim, but I imagine it goes something like "my friend Melissa, who's gorgeous, funny, and has red hair." In fact, my friend Laura, with the cute bangs and great shoes, even told me she's described me in this manner. Well, the red hair part at least. I'm sure she's thrown in her own words of flattery. RIGHT, LAURA?!?!?
Anyway, I'm known for my red hair and I take the responsibility of red-head-ambassador-ship very seriously, which is why when I find someone who can give me the color I want, I'm incredibly loyal to them. Like a dog. Like a very chic, bitchy dog. So I surprised myself last week when I became disloyal to the colorist I've been seeing for the past two years to go see a new one at Hela Salon & Spa.
His name is Ian McCabe, and let's just say he's a miracle worker. The Anne Sullivan to even the most Helen Keller of hair follicles. The man is, by his own admission, obsessed with hair. At the age of 24, he's already made a name for himself in the world of hair color. And, just my luck, he's especially obsessdies with red heads. I've been coloring my hair for over a decade, and Ian used techniques I'd never seen before. It wouldn't be untrue to say he gave me the best hair wash ever, and after all my bitching about never getting a salon perfect blowout, I'd be remiss to not to mention the impeccable blow out he did.
Not a single hot tool touched this hair, ladies and gents.
So why do I dedicate an entire post to my hair color? Because this is my blog, dammit!! But the truth is, if you live in the D.C. metro area, and you want your friends to refer to you as the girl with "amazing hair", then you have to go see Ian. Tell him the girl with the red hair sent you.
Master Colorist, Color Educator