Stylist from local salon wins award for avant garde hair


November 28, 2014

By Kevin Bunch C & G Staff Writer

Model Shae Laren shows off the Dr. Seuss-inspired hairstyle created by Eastpointe-based stylist Kristina Beaty as part of A Beautiful Me's Avant Garde Hair Show Nov. 9 in Washington, Michigan.

EASTPOINTE - A hair stylist from Studio Glamour in Eastpointe took first place in the A Beautiful Me nonprofit organization's Avant Garde Hair Show Nov. 9 in Washington, Michigan.

Kristina Beaty, working with model Shae Laren, won the technical category during the show. Beaty said it was the first time she had ever participated in the hair show, which was in its fourth year.

'The theme of the show was Dr. Seuss, and so I wanted to put something, of course, Dr. Seuss together,' Beaty said. 'I didn't want to pick something obvious like the Grinch or the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and 2, so I went with the Lorax.'

She said the trees from the movie version reminded her of hair, and being interested in saving the trees and being environmentally conscious, the whole concept appealed to her.

Karen Palka, founder and executive director of A Beautiful Me, said the nonprofit is dedicated to building school-age girls' self-esteem with after-school workshops throughout southeast Michigan and internationally in Guatemala.

Palka said the Avant Garde Hair Show has not only been successful, but is special even in the fashion industry.

'Often in that industry, it's not family-friendly, but ours is because it fits into our mission,' Palka said. 'You can't watch the Academy Awards without feeling like, 'Oh my gosh, they can't make this PG?' So we have a wonderful PG- or G-rated event that also raises money for building girls' self-esteem.'

The hair show features models of all ages, ethnicities and body sizes, Palka said, going along with the organization's vision 'to love yourself for who you are.' Judges selected the technical category winner based on 10 factors, such as 'telling the theme,' first impression - or shock value, Palka said - as well as details focused more on the cosmetologist side of things, such as the usage of specific techniques and equipment.

There was a people's choice category, where every dollar donated to the nonprofit would equal one vote for a specified competitor. Washington Township-based stylist Veronica Danks Lozen and model Pam Lavers won that category.

Palka said all revenues from the event go toward the workshops that A Beautiful Me organizes.

Beaty said the entire experience was great, and she enjoyed the opportunity to network with other cosmetologists in the area and see what they put together.

'Everyone was very receptive of what I've made and wanted to take pictures with (Shae),' Beaty said. 'I'm very proud to, of course, be a part of it, and, of course, to win my first time participating was quite an honor. And I have the certificate up in the salon, and so that way it brings about the conversation to talk more about the (A Beautiful Me) organization.'

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kevin Bunch at or at (586)498-1030.

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