1ST PLACE WINNING WINDHAM SALON NOW 3 TIME CHAMPIONSWe’ve done it again! Artistic Creations Salon located in the Windham Village Green Plaza at 33 Indian Rock Road has once again taken First Place at the Paul Mitchell of Northern New England & Michael’s School Of Hair Designs Fantasy Hair Competition. The annual contest happens every April and each year the theme changes. The event has a dual purpose as it is also a fundraiser for the students and staff at Michael’s School Of Hair Design, this year raising over $20,000. They support a block of charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Magic Johnson Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, just to name a few. For a full list visit http://paulmitchell.edu/giving-back/all-charities. Our Salon started competing in the fantasy competition 3 years ago and has taken home First Place each year they have participated. When asked what our winning formula was, I explained, “Each year when we are given the theme for the show, we start with how that theme can translate into a current trending issue in today’s world.” The styling team’s mantra is: “If you leave the audience feeling an emotion, that’s a win.” This year, the competitions theme was Barbie. “When we heard ‘Barbie’, we could not help but think about how body image is all over pop culture today,” said Alyssa, a stylist and team member at Artistic Creations. We wanted our performance to speak to the fact that a woman with curves could be a beautiful Barbie doll. Once the team decides on a direction, music is the next important decision. “We try to choose songs that are well known and powerful and this year we felt that the Meghan Trainor pop hit ‘All About the Bass’ fit perfectly,” said Donalee. From there, we work on hair, make-up, nails, wardrobe, props and choreography. “It is a big deal for our team,” said Lauren, a stylist and team member. “We start working on the looks and props in January and work right up to the day of the competition in April.” “This year’s three models had a very retro feel with looks inspired by the 50’s and early 60’s. We added a male model this year to be Ken and our big prop was a pink Cadillac Barbie dream car that the four models used to drive on and off the stage,” added Meagan, a stylist and team member. It’s a fun event where we get to push ourselves and the boundaries. In the past two competitions, the team tackled issues on equality in the LGBT world and depression and anxiety for woman in abusive relationships. Stay tuned for what we are up to for next year. You can check out last year’s winning looks in our gallery. Cheers, Donalee
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