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Erin Backman

Manager / Senior Hairstylist at Midtown


“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Having grown up alongside her mom in salons, Erin knew from an early age the importance of making people feel amazing. She’s passionate about creating an open environment for her clients to feel heard and taken care of. This is why the consultation is so important to her. The 15 minutes set aside for you, are the initial time for you, as a client, to feel heard. It’s also the best time for two of you to get to know each other and together come up with the best plan for your gorgeous hair!

Continued education and learning are also important aspects to Erin when it comes to being a Hairstylist. She currently is an educator for Bassett Salon Solutions, teaching classes on Davines product and color techniques. Her experience in education extends into her work at The Colour Bar as the director of our Protege program. Erin mentors and teaches, alongside our dedicated staff, our new stylists in customer service, product knowledge, cutting, coloring and problem solving techniques.

In her freetime, Erin enjoys going to car shows or antique hunting with her husband and baby boy. She is also a published Pinup model and body positive activist. She also loves any chance she gets to share her passion for all things vintage and retro with her clients.

Passionate About

Learning, Making Others Feel Amazing, Vintage Styles, and Teaching

Inspired By

Bright Colors, Bold Patterns, Expressive Clients, Classic Approaches to Beauty, and All Things Mid-Century

Guilty Pleasure

Donuts and RuPaul’s Drag Race

Favorite Spotify Playlist


Erin's Reviews

I’ve been to The Colour Bar several times at their H street location, so today was my first time at their midtown location. I am so very happy to report I am absolutely in LOVE with my hair. I had all over color and a trim plus some fringe bangs (I didn’t have prior to coming). My stylist was ERIN and she is absolutely incredibly talented at what she does.

Mela P. / Yelp

I am absolutely at a loss for words about how amazing my experience here was. I went to Erin Backman with my crazy plan for my hair and she listened to everything I said, made several really great suggestions, and gave me exactly what I wanted down to a T. Ive never had a better experience at a salon!

Kylie O. / Yelp

Erin is FABULOUS! I always walk out of The Colour Bar after an appointment with Erin feeling like a superstar. She is conscious of hair color and how a certain shade or highlight will look with your skin tone and cuts hair beautifully.

Navera R. / Yelp