Jemi Ejunkunbor
As preparation for the maiden edition of the Black Pearl Hair Competition hots up, 15 contestants have emerged from the preliminary competition held last week in Lagos at the Sparkle Hall in Ikeja.

 Stylist Yemi Olajide Pose with her model
Stylist Yemi Olajide Pose with her model

Instituted by Rebecca Fashions, a leading hair manufacturing company and makers of Noble range of wigs and hair extensions, the competition is aimed at searching for the best stylist as well as creating the enabling environment for stylists to showcase creativity using their latest range of products, Black Pearl.

Over 40 stylists from different salons across Lagos State and outside gathered in Lagos for the preliminary competition.  The excited stylists were given different products and requested to create a hair style of their choice.

Stylists immediately went to work each using his or her model. At the end of about two hours, the forty stylists came up with different, beautiful well crafted hairstyles, some novel and some not unfamiliar.

The looks were casual, some glamorous, some bohemian, some bridal while others were  avant garde. The four man panel of judges made up of stakeholders in the fashion and style industry, judged the contestants based on originality, creativity, use of products and presentation. The aisle became a makeshift runway as the models and stylists filed out showing off that which they have designed.

At the end of an exciting afternoon, Yemi Olajide of Lovers Beauty Salon, Ogba, came out as overall best stylist. The 15 selected stylists will on November 21, at the Grand Ball Room of Lagos Oriental Hotel, slug it out for the position of the best stylist when the grand finale will hold.

Speaking shortly after the result was announced, Yemi said even though she had an idea as to what hair style she wanted to make for the competition she however said all that was shattered when she was given a particular weave on that couldn’t be put to a variety of styles. According to her, “when I saw the weave on, I was discouraged. But immediately I took the weave on, I was inspired as to what to do”.

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