Whether it was the futuristic ponytail or the updo styled in a vintage hair roll with a twist, the Biggs Museum of American Art's third annual Hair Affair fundraiser was the definition of fantabulous.
Hair Affair, held Sunday, saw more than six hair salons with 20-plus models in a spectrum of hairdos, from elegant styles to eccentric ones, competing for the honor to be named one of the state's most chic salons. Competing salons were Bonnie's Beauty Solution Inc., MichaelAngelo's Hair Designs, Okemah's Cut Above, Réne Delyn Designs Inc., Rori & Company and Salon Pasca — the only salon in the event not based in Dover.
Proceeds for Hair Affair will benefit the Biggs' educational programs and are intended to help keep the programs free, said Beccy Cooper, education and program's manager for the Biggs.
"We had a really tough time judging it because everybody was amazing," explained Suzanne Martinelli, one of Hair Affair's three judges and the owner of Bombshell Beauty, a Wilmington-based business specializing in hair styling tools and accessories.
Hair Affair was judged in three categories: the children's round, updo designs and fantasy and contour. Hair Affair judges were: Martinelli, Biggs Curator Ryan Grover and Charese Pritchett, co-owner of the Camden photography company Artful I.
Hair salons were judged on the execution of each hair style, along with the model's costume and makeup.
With each salon going above and beyond to dazzle judges like Okemah's Cut Above, which displayed a model sporting a futuristic ponytail that streamed through a dryer vent, it was no surprise one of the three categories in Hair Affair saw its first-ever tie.
The tie came in the fantasy and contour round and the winning salons were Salon Pasca and Réne Delyn. Salon Pasca featured model Brittany Bell, of Wilmington, in a fierce updo with hair netting and gold molded hair extensions. Bell topped off her look with a gold spandex outfit complemented by a skirt made from fox fur, gold makeup and with jewels decorating her face like a carnival mask. She also flaunted fox fur heels.
Page 2 of 2 - Meanwhile, Réne Deyln showcased model Michelle Reyes, of Sykesville, Md., in pink cotton candy-themed hair, of which some was edible. She brought the sweet do together by rocking a dress made from pink and blue balloons, complemented by white fishnets and heels and jewels ornamenting her face.
"It made me really proud of my sister because she put a lot of hard work into creating this look," said Reyes, whose bubble dress was crafted by her sister Emily Moses, of Dover. "It was fun to be able to portray her ideas."
The winning salon in the category of best updo was Rori & Company, featuring model Jamie Suloff, of Dover, who sported a fresh mohawk in a black cocktail dress. Lastly, the winning hair salon for the children's category was MichaelAngelo's Hair Designs, featuring models Iyana Parker, 4, of Dover, Michael Sedour, 6, of Dover, and Destine Plummer, 8, of Dover. Each of the young models impressed with their adorable mohawks.
Winning models from each category were awarded photo shoots with the Artful I at the Biggs after the competition.
'Attendance numbers just keep increasing'
Each Hair Affair has grown in attendance and in revenue. Last year's event raised approximately $2,000 and this year's event likely trumped that, said Cooper, who added she won't know until later this week how much Sunday's Hair Affair raised.
"I felt like the attendance numbers just keep increasing every year and the excitement level keeps building for the event," beamed Cooper.