Art takes a variety of forms, from literature to sculpture to painting — or even hair. Lansing gets a chance to check out the latest in hair styling Sunday when the Capitol City Biggest Hair Show comes to town.
“It’s basically showcasing the best of the hair salons in Lansing and in Detroit,” said Malvin Vaughn Brewer, promoter and organizer of the event. “It’s the cutting edge of what’s next (in women’s hair), with $1,000 to the winner.”
The theme of the hair show is Detroit vs. Lansing, with hair salons from both cities squaring off. VIP Beauty Bar and Rhonda’s Reflections are representing Lansing, and Pink Diamond Couture Beauty Bar & Boutique and FantaCy Hair Salon are representing the Motor City.
The stylists have a limited time to impress the panel of six judges, who were hand-selected by Brewer and hail from both cities.
“Each stylist has 15 minutes, so however many models they can fit in 15 minutes, that’s what they have,” Brewer said. “Your presentation is everything, how you come up, how you speak. It’s the same thing with the hair. When they come up, they have to have some type of flair to them.”
Tootie Mitchell, stylist and operator of VIP Beauty Bar, is looking forward to competing in her first hair show.
“I’ve only been to them. I’ve never performed in a hair show,” Mitchell said. “Knowing that I’ve been a stylist for over 16 years, that brings a lot of confidence. I’ve done so many styles and I’ve seen a lot over the years.”
The show will go beyond just hair, however. Brewer is planning a large-scale event featuring live music. Headlining the musical portion hair show is Lansing artist Tarrel Dalton, who performs as T Dunnem.
“This will be the first time I’m headlining. I‘ve opened for a lot of people, but this will be the first time they come to see me,” said Dalton. “I’m most excited for the fun everyone’s going to have, and I think the city needs that right now.”
Tickets for the show are available in Lansing at Eastside Dollar and More soul food restaurant, 1616 Perkins St., and VIP Beauty Bar, 4601 W. Saginaw Highway Suite N.
Brewer founded Versal City Entertainment, the company producing the show, to offer more entertainment options in Michigan. The last hair show of this size, as far as Brewer remembers, happened in Lansing in the early ‘90s.
“I like to entertain people, bottom line, and ever since I was a kid I liked to make people laugh or see people happy,” Brewer said. “That was already in me; it led me into what I’m doing now.”
Capitol City Biggest Hair Show
5-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 $20 Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel & Convention Center 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing
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