A crowd of stylists and barbers from all over Savannah and across the state came together on Sunday, Jan. 5 to celebrate the 4th Annual Stylist and Barber Ball at the Hyatt Hotel in historic Downtown Savannah.
Hosted by the locally owned and operated Flawless Hair Studio, the ball honored industry members for their dedication to the master cosmetology and master barbering crafts, as well as raised awareness and money for the Savannah Wildcats, Inc., a non-profit, youth, athletic mentorship program that helps area children succeed on and off the court and field.
“As a full-time working stylist who owns her own business, I know that it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of the business, and not take a moment to celebrate not only your own successes, but the successes of your peers in your community” said Flawless Hair Studio CEO and master cosmetologist Kernesheia Wingster. “This ball gives stylists and barbers the opportunity to not only come together every year to celebrate our victories, but also creates a network to cultivate innovative ideas that we can all benefit from. This year’s ball was particularly special because proceeds went to our local children.”
According to Wingster, as a business owner, you have a responsibility to not only serve your clients, but to serve your community.
“In today’s world, I can think of no better way to serve my community than to lift up and provide for the children who will grow up and carry on our community’s legacy and continue to help us thrive in Savannah and beyond,” explained Wingster. The event honored four industry professionals with achievement and appreciation awards. Those individuals were Shelia Hayes from Natron Hair Studio, Jerome “Pierre” Hayes from GQ Barbershop and Andre “Big Dray” Wilson and Lisa Wilson of Jack and Jill Barber and Salon.
After strutting their formal, black tie attire on the red carpet, hosted by Comia “Flynn Style” Flynn, guests enjoyed a night of celebration, which included mingling with notable guests such as newly elected Mayor Van Johnson, Judge Lisa Colbert, and several Chatham County aldermen and Savannah City Council members. A formal ceremony hosted by Savannah legend, Weslyn “Lady Mahogany”
Bowers was held and it even included a performance by violinist JaVonne Jones from Augusta.
“Over the last four years, this event has continued to grow in size and popularity and I cannot wait for the fifth installment to be held on January 3, 2021,” said Wingster. “The them will be Diamonds and Pearls.”