Manchester, NH (CNS) – Over-the-top hair fashion rules at one of the “grandest, most outlandish fashion shows” in the country. The 2009 International Fantasy Hair Competition has named its winners on Thursday.
The fourth annual competition, held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on April 23, welcomed fifty contestants fully armed with hairspray, blowdryers, and curling irons vying for the top prize of the most outlandish hair fashion stylist. Prizes range from $1,000 to $7,500.
Show officials told NewHampshire.com before the show, “The competition is all about hair – giant, gravity-defying, sometimes garish, ‘dos, stretching skyward in a tangle of chicken wire to flowers and flashing lights.”
And they were not kidding. Hair designer contestants presented their models with sky-high ‘dos that are only often seen in fantasy films.
First place prize went to Kevin Lamont Carter of The Artistry of Hair in Famington Hills, Michigan. His “The Proud Peacock” creation, modeled by Amaris Brown, stunningly imitated the bird’s tail feathers. He won the $7,500 cash prize for his winning effort.
Colleen Jamieson of Aidan James Salon in Nashua took home the second place award for her “The Indian Fertility Goddess Parvati” design. Her model was Danielle Esjunin.
Christine Sheldon’s “Prosperia” creation, modeled by Rachael Bishop, won third place. The stylist is from Salon Thairapy in Hooksett.
The competition was sponsored by C.B. Sullivan. All proceeds benefited the New Hampshire Food Bank.