BLACK VOICES
12/13/2011 07:53 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2012

Glynn Jackson Golden Scissors Awards

From The Washington Post: Weaving through the haze of hair spray and masses of models getting their eyebrows tweezed and their wigs teased, Baltimore hair stylist Elicia Moore finds a quiet corner to put the final twists on her creation: a three-foot tower of curly blond hair with strawberry highlights. The elaborate structure atop her client's head is built around a chicken-wire base and decorated like a Christmas tree with tiny round mirrors and big faux diamonds.

In their everyday lives, stylists like Moore earn their living doing blowouts and braids, wet sets and weaves, whether they're working the storefront barbershops and beauty parlors of Georgia Avenue or the upscale salons of Forestville and Falls Church.

Their best work was honored on Sunday night at the 20th annual Glynn Jackson Golden Scissors Awards, one of the black beauty-salon industry's largest events. Known as the black Oscars of hair, the seven-hour sensation turned the Silver Spring Civic Building into a giant beauty parlor, an exploded Sephora with every package of eye shadow, face glitter, lipstick, hair oil, frizz-fighting gloss and fake eyelashes opened.

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