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A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising

Lauren Salapatek | July 10, 2011 | 10:27 PM

Steve Hightower and his team of stylists at Hair Artists Studio in Atlanta, Georgia, raised over $40,000 at the “We Want To Know What Love Is” event on May 21. The money was donated to the Fragile Kids Foundation, which helps provide a safe environment for abused and neglected children; Fragile Kids Foundation and Childkind, organizations that work to support children with complex medical or developmental disabilities. At the event, Hightower and his team styled all of the hair and make-up on the models for the runway show.

“I wanted the 40s look for bridal and then had the staff brush the hair out so it would move and flow down the cat walk on the 12 professional models,” says Hightower. “Weeks before the show I showed the staff how to get the 40s look.”

There was also a ‘Cuts and Color’ segment, which focused on looks everyday people can achieve. “I had 32 clients in this segment to show off their cuts and color,” says Hightower. “I wanted to show how our hair cuts were easy styles for the client to do themselves. We all know that a hair cut can look great when a stylist is finished, but sometimes never looks good when the client does his or her own hair. I feel a client should be able to recreate the style that the stylist creates in the salon.”

The show is booked again on April 8, 2011 at the Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom. For information visit

A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising 
(From left to right) The Saint Mark Choir; Soloist Thressa Gardner; Kristanecia King from the Fragile Kids Foundation; and Steve Hightower, founder of the “We Want To Know What Love Is” event.
 A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising
A model getting her hair styled for the "We Want To Know What Love Is Event."
 A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising
 An example of a 40s hair style worn by the models.
 A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising
 Loose waves
 A Night of Hair, Make-up and Fundraising
Emelda Tolder, who's in charge of staff and guest relations at Hair Artists Studio, dons a wig styled by wig specialist Paul Trantham.

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