Hair Tops the Runway

Shevry Lassiter | 1/2/2012, 12:44 p.m.

Every episode of the sitcom "Fame" opened up with the school's principal cautioning a group of students with, "You got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying...in sweat!"

Glynn Jackson is no school principal, but using the same intonation as he prepared for the Golden Scissors Award show, he encouraged the models, stylists and barbers to see the value in their own businesses.

Jackson believes a stylist's duty is to not only make people beautiful, but "when that door opens, you've got to show your best."

Glynn Jackson's Golden Scissors Awards (GSA) is the Grammy Awards for hair. Two shows were held at the Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring, Md. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Models walked the runway - no, they didn't just walk - they glided in six-inch custom designed stilettos and wedges, appealing to the shoe-fashionistas. Dazzling tailored clothing was all the flair for the models representing stylish designers who outfitted every body-type imaginable.

The hair industry is a more than $9 billion industry that targets black women's desires for a variety of hairstyles that allow for creative expression and the versatility to change hairstyles at whim. Those attending the GSA got a glimpse of those whims.

Jackson has produced the GSA for the past 20 years, which was previously held at the D.C. Convention Center in Northwest.

"This program is important because there are so many of our young women who are straight up beautiful and they just need an outlet and a platform and Golden Scissors has provided that for over 20 years in this market," Jackson said.

Hair salons and barbershops were given the opportunity to win a shop makeover while stylists and "locticians" set out to be labeled the best in the business in the D.C. area. Cosmetology students and child models were offered a chance to receive scholarships. About 20 shops, six designers and over 100 models participated in this fabulous event.

Namon Mitchell, 44, a barber in Bryant, Md., said he has participated in at least 15 of the 20 annual shows Jackson has produced.

"I feel like since we spend most of our time making other people look good, this is a time for us as stylists and barbers to celebrate ourselves. If it weren't for barbers and stylists, the world would look a hot mess."

Jackson's acclaim as an incredible producer is evident in the spectacular show he pulls together starting with the money from his own pocket.

"Can't nobody do it like Glynn," said Angelo Cannon.

As a participant Cannon, 46, said that he would participate in any and every show Jackson hosts because he enjoys the competition and the hair show is the supreme vehicle to display his work.

Owner of a barbershop in Northeast, Cannon said, "I would encourage each and every barber, hair product distributor and stylist to back this event as an event that was made for us. I participate because this is my business. I want people to see my work."

Jackson said the hair show is much more than an awards program.

"In addition to the honors handed out this year, every salon, stylist, designer and barber walks away a winner - their award is hope," he said.

"It's not just a hair show, it's an experience."