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Incredible Hair Shows

Woman with Elaborate Hairstyle

For a hairstylist, a hair show is an incredible career-changing event. If you haven’t been to one yet, you must. Even if you’re not a hairstylist, it is still a great experience. It’s like an art show for hair. And it is where hairstylists and beauty industry leaders from all over the world show their best work, the techniques they use, and top-selling products used to create the look.

My first hair show was at the Shadow Lounge in Oakland. Many Bay Area hairstylists who specialize in braids, extensions, weaves, color, dreadlocks, and any hairstyles that involve textured hair. Many different salons put on a whole show to present their best work and also to network with other salons.

I was able to do the makeup for the entire model crew of the well-known salon “Nappy or Not”. It was a great experience because they wanted very bright and dramatic makeup looks to contrast with the outfits and the hair designs. I valued it particularly because I learned how to work with textured hair, braids, and extensions. It taught me the backstage life of a big event like this hair show.

As hairstylists, or any beauty industry leader, it is true that we never stop learning and we will always continue to learn, just as I did with my first hair show. This event changed my outlook on my career and has motivated me to continue to grow my talent.

My First Hair Show

Applying Make-up at Hair Show

Experiencing my first hair show battle was amazing and unforgettable. Held in Oakland with Keif Savage Presents, I was able to work with well-known salon “Nappy or Not” owned by Rhonda for Natural textured hair including Braids, Locs, Styles and so much more.

I remember growing up in this salon as a child, helping my brother out and just being in the environment of so many talented hairstylists. That was my playground. It was such a blessing to be around it all that it inspired me to take it on as my career. I loved watching everyone who walked into the salon walking out even more excited. I truly believe that happy people equal a better world.

For this hair show, I was able to be apart of the make-up team. Before becoming involved with hair, I always had a love for make-up and started doing make-up for other girls in high school. This event taught me timing, organization, and precision necessary for the creative team of this salon to realize the theme they desired.

It was great seeing all of the other salons and their work. It’s amazing what you can do with hair and how you can turn it into a masterpiece.

The Roots of Dreadlocks

Woman with White Dreadlocks, Four Up

Ever since I was three years old, with at least three to four inches of “long enough” hair, I was able to do these creative and exotic hairstyles. Growing up with an older brother who was a hairstylist, I was his canvas.

I continue to rock these hairstyles because I know there is so much history and artistic love put into being able to wear it. I’ve learned the history behind each hairstyle I had growing up.

The roots of dreadlocks go back all the way to the Rastafarians of Jamaica and then journeyed on to the Indian sages and yogis. It symbolizes a deeper meaning to their origin, defiance, power, and authority. There are still a lot of controversies today around dreadlocks since the hairstyle is more popular than ever. But a few of us actually understand its history and respect it enough to embrace it proudly. It’s beautiful.

To make dreadlocks, the hair is washed but not combed and is twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets.

From the 1970s through today’s culture, a huge inspiration popularizing locks was reggae musician Bob Marley. He was a big role model for the Rastafarian movement and the wearing of dreadlocks.

It’s a proud heritage.