Despite icy roads and snowy weather, hundreds of hair enthusiasts converged on the Silver Spring Civic Building for the 22nd Annual Golden Scissors Awards on Dec. 8. This year’s event was entitled HairAfrica—The Great Hair Expedition.
The event included three shows, each of which was presented to a filled-to-capacity audience in the Montgomery County facility’s auditorium.
“It moved me to tears to see people come from every corner of the country to be a part of the show,” said Glynn Jackson, the creator and founder of the Golden Scissors Awards. “We even had people come from overseas to attend the show. I am honored that people respect the work we have done in this community, as well as internationally, enough to come and show their love for the Golden Scissors Awards.”
The Golden Scissors Awards was created in 1991 as a local, national, and international platform for hairstylists to showcase their work and push the envelope of creativity, Jackson said.
This year’s competition included the Golden Scissors Kids, is a showcase and competition featuring children aged 3-17. The Golden Scissors Awards, the second show, featured the hottest hair professionals in the world, officials said.
The third show, the Golden Scissors Consumer event, featured four consumer-driven competitions where winners walked away with $1,000 each.
“This year we [paid] homage to the African community for the massive contributions it has made to the hair and beauty industry,” said Jackson, owner of Glynn Jackson the Agency. “African culture has influenced so much of what we consider today to be 'popular culture' that we felt compelled to acknowledge this in a grand and over-the-top, historical way.”
Hair, he said, is a universal issue.
“Hair is the very fabric that weaves our communities together, and even though we may be different, our similarities are evident through hair,” Jackson said.
The 2013 winners included:
The BOBBI BOSS™ America’s Next Top Stylist Winners:
1st Place: Travis Douglas, Columbia, S.C.
2nd Place: Doris Carr, Richmond, Va.
3rd Place: Casmeras Reavis, Philadelphia, Pa.
4th Place: Derick Watson, Atlanta, Ga.
Salon Presentation Winners:
1st place: Spice of New York—Marquitta Graham, Augusta, Ga.
2nd Place: FIFI Braids—The Ethiopian Master Hair Braider, Silver Spring, Md.
3rd Place –Tanesha Hines for Posh Hair Salon, District of Columbia
HairGAGA Avante Gaarde Fantasy Category Winner: Marie Gardner–Newport News, Va.
Weave Diva Winner: LaShonda Green (model)—Travis Douglas (stylist), Columbia, S.C.
Loc Star Winner: Albertine African & American Hair Braiding, Gaitherburg, Md. and Shanti Walker-Madame Walker Braidery, District Heights, Md.
Barber Total Look Winner: Christian Tillery, Baltimore, Md.
Stage Competition Winner: Kidz Division: Donja Long of Traffic Salon, Baltimore, Md.
For more information or to get updates on next year’s event, HairGames: Winter 2014, go to www.goldenscissorsawards.com.