On Thursday, May 2, five Orange County stylists, a high profile line-up of judges, and hundreds of guests walked the red carpet to be a part of Orange County’s first live hair show competition. The stylists competed live onstage at Sutra Nightclub in Costa Mesa for the title of "OC’s Best Stylist 2013." The judges’ panel featured Holly Clinard, style editor of Locale Magazine; Laurent D., celebrity stylist and founder of Privé; and Scott Fontana, “OC Style Icon” and owner of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach. The top five contestants included: Rene Antonio of Salon Gregorie’s, Annie Gill of the Beauty Mark, Morgan Higgins of Salon Bleu, Jimmy Salazar of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach and Christina Sanchez of Christina Sanchez Hair Design. They participated in a live hair cutting and styling competition, followed by a style showcase, to prove they had what it takes to be crowned "OC’s Best Stylist 2013."
The live hair show competition officially kicked off with a show-stopping live cut and style by Scott Fontana. Next, the top five finalists performed their own cut and style live onstage. Once the clock wound down 30 minutes, the judges critiqued the stylists’ live cut and style. Then, the finalists presented three other models’ pre-created looks in a featured showcase. After the judges’ deliberation, the title of "OC’s Best Stylist 2013" was awarded to Morgan Higgins.
As the winner of the live hair competition, Higgins was awarded with $1,500 cash and other prizes. The first runner-up, Christina Sanchez, received $500 cash and the second runner-up, Rene Antonio, received $250 cash. All three winners also received restaurant gift cards, bottles of wine, Scott Fontana Collection products and other prizes. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed cocktails, while being treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to win raffle prizes, ranging from gift cards and event tickets, to beauty products and other gifts. Sponsors of the event included: Angels Baseball, BASI Pilates, BeautyMark Organics, Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, Privé, Scott Fontana Collection, Sol and Sutra.
Also in attendance that night to accept gracious donations was the newly formed Orange County charity Yachts for Tots. Over the course of the night, more than $800 in donations was raised from raffle tickets and entry fees. The nonprofit, dedicated to the idea that small adventures can make big impressions, was established to introduce underprivileged and at-risk youth to the majesty of Newport Harbor through activities that include fishing, swimming, surfing, boating and more.
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