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Hair show benefits Locks of Love

See an array of styles at March 1 benefit
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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An Auburn salon owner hopes to make a difference in not only the lives of children battling cancer, but also of people who might need a boost of inspiration when choosing a hairstyle.

On March 1, Krissy Keifer-Ballard will present a Hair Fashion Show at Ava’s Lounge in Penryn, featuring 16 models with an array of hair and makeup styles. Proceeds will benefit Locks of Love, a national charity that provides wigs to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term hair loss. Keifer-Ballard, the owner of Brockway Hair Design, said the show started out small but has grown as more and more models and hairstylists volunteer to help out.

Keifer-Ballard reached out to Citrus Heights Beauty College, where she studied, to recruit hairstylists. A dozen volunteered – in addition to being for a good cause, the hours spent styling for the show count as extra credit toward graduation.

The models, who range in age from 8 to 38, will wear professional makeup in addition to sporting beautiful hairstyles. Ava’s Lounge is inside Cattle Baron’s restaurant, so there will be a full menu to order from. Saxophonist Darin  Houser will perform after the hair show.

The models have volunteered their time as well, including 12-year-old Kyra Wolff.

“The money is going toward a good cause, and it will be a lot of fun,” she said.

Older sister Kyla, 17, is also a hair model, and said she’s excited to hit the runway.

“We heard about the show happening and got excited about it,” Kyla explained. “We wanted to be involved – it’s such a great cause.”

Brockway Hair Design is a registered Locks of Love salon, and Keifer-Ballard said that people who would like to donate their hair can come into the salon anytime and the haircut will be free.

In addition to benefiting sick children, Keifer-Ballard said, the show is also a way to boost the self-esteem of the models, and to show the audience different ways they can style their hair. She’ll show 16 different styles on different types of hair, from a glamorous prom look to an “edgy kind of rock ’n’ roll girl look.”

“I think that something like this is nice, because with Locks of Love, the reason why they want to give kids the wigs is to help them with their self-esteem,” Keifer-Ballard said. “This is a fun, different side of it for people who aren’t sick, battling cancer – they need help with their self-esteem, too. I thought it would be cool for some amateur girls that are willing to do it – it’s got to make them feel good and feel pretty. Who doesn’t want to feel pretty?”

Reach Krissi Khokhobashvili at krissik@goldcountrymedia.com.

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Charity Hair Show

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1

Where: Ava’s Lounge, 3129 Penryn Road, Penryn

Cost: $15 in advance at Brockway Hair Design, 13334 Lincoln Way, Auburn; $20 at the door

Info: (530) 823-6062, www.brockwayhairauburn.com

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Krissy’s Tress Tips

Keep professional stylist Krissy Keifer-Ballard’s advice in mind when thinking about your hair care

Reduce your flat-iron use. “Don’t flat-iron every day – that kills your hair.”

Wash your hair based on your hair type. People with dry hair can go a day or two in between washings, while someone with more oily hair should wash every day.

It’s a true statement that if you trim your hair regularly, it grows faster – “It doesn’t break off and it stays healthy."

When it’s time to change color, head to the salon. “You have more control when you’re not using a box. A box is ready to go – it is what it is.” The same color from a box used on two different heads of hair will have different results. Professionals are trained to determine what subtle changes must be made to the dye to get the results the client wants.