Originally created 05/20/00

Augusta to hold first hair, beauty show



A hair show at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Sunday is designed not only to let local stylists show off their talent, but also will allow them to continue their education, increase their financial savvy, and network with other beauty industry professionals, organizers say.

The multicultural hair and beauty show - featuring training and business seminars for cosmetologists, barbers and nail technicians - will be from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"It's the first of its kind in Augusta," says John Bell, president of John B. Productions, which is sponsoring the show. He describes the event as a "holistic" approach offering entertainment, business training and even a spiritual dimension through gospel music and worship.

It's important for the people in the cosmetology industry to know how to take care of themselves if they get hurt or sick, and how to plan a successful retirement portfolio, said Helen Blocker-Adams, assistant director for John B.

The show will help cosmetologists build self-esteem and change their image from small business to big business, Mr. Bell says. In addition to raising stylists' profiles in the community, he said he hopes the event will have a lasting effect by creating role models and leadership in the local beauty community.

A small-business trade show lasts throughout the day. Seminars are scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Professional guests include inspirational speaker and entrepreneur John Ray of Kernersville, N.C.

The hair show will showcase the latest styling trends and elaborate "fantasy" and "sci-fi" styles. The event will include a hat show and a fashion show with clothes from Sophisticated Gent, S&K Famous Brands and Darlin' Nikki. Awards will be presented from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the hair and fashion shows from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

General admission tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. For information, call at 399-5600 or (803) 442-2202.

Reach Allison Martin at (706) 823-3708.



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