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​"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" - Rumi


Salon Owner/ Artistic Director


With more than 25 years in the hair industry Elan McDowell is a renowned hair stylist, educator and consultant. Beginning her career in her home city of London, Elan discovered a passion and skill for hair. Her expertise took her to Italy and then to America where she continued to develop her talent as a salon and editorial stylist. Practicing in salons across New York and Connecticut, Elan took on Artistic Directorship and Salon Manager roles helping to successfully educate and develop teams.


Throughout her career Elan has also working as an educator for global organizations such as Graham Webb International, L'oreal Professional, ESP and Unwash. Elan continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of hairstylists with her salon consultancy service for business owners. The program offers differing levels of assessment to create and implement better working practices so to improve the profitability, skills and morale of staff and the business as a whole.


In 2012 Elan decided to step out on her own and pursue her own vision with Studio Elan, an intimate hair studio in New Canaan, Connecticut and moved to more spacious premises in 2016. With a loyal following and ever growing client base Elan’s vision is to create a space where the focus is truly on the client and their needs. Studio Elan is dedicated to providing an unparalleled level of service and styling excellence to ensure that every client leaves looking their fabulous best.


Colorist/Salon Coordinator

Bobby is proud to call Studio Elan his home. His dream of becoming a hair stylist started at a very young age when he loved styling hair and creating new looks for his family and friends.


Bobby graduated from cosmetology school in 2012 with a love of color formulation. Bobby continues to hone his passion and natural talent for hair color formulation and has been nicknamed the “glaze master” by Studio Elan staff. When not working at Studio Elan, Bobby’s evolving creativity can be found in the theater where he enjoys performing productions as both a vocalist and dancer. The only thing that shines brighter than his smile is his passion for hair.

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Hairstylist/Makeup Artist

Being a hairstylist always meant so much more to Andrea than just doing hair. "Being able to help clients become the best version of themselves is what makes my career worth it." Andrea's love of hairdressing began as a 2018 graduate from Paul Mitchell The School and her passion and talent for hair has flourished since joining Studio Elan. 


"The highlight of my day is to see a genuine smile in my clients eyes when I've completed their appointment and I'm famous for my 'magic' shampoo head massages that ensure they receive a totally relaxing experience." In her spare time, Andrea enjoys trying new culinary experiences as well as developing her cosmetic artistry. 

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