This is a guest post by Taneeka Walker, a TUBC student.
I love hair. I love creating beautiful styles and more importantly, I love changing a person's outlook on themself. I was presented with the opportunity to be a student stylist for a charity fashion show this past weekend in Elburn, IL. Initially, my main thought was that it is a great opportunity to build my portfolio even more based on the work that I did. After a few hours not only did my career plans change, but I was thrown into an exciting world that I never knew existed.
I was extremely excited, but nervous because I’ve never styled anyone’s hair for something so important. I packed my bag with all of my tools and products and hoped for the best. Each stylist was given a list of each designer and a brief description on what they wanted each models' hair to look like. Sue Yan, who is also the director of Midwest Fashion week, gave each of us direction with our stylists. We were not to take direction from any of the models. We were given the outlines, but from there we were allowed to make the looks our own.
My first model was Sue! Inside I screamed and jumped around like a little kid on Christmas but outside I had to play it cool. She gave me a thousand different directions to go but I was immediately pulled back by the makeup artist, Jackie. She reassured me that it was a simple task and just to go with the flow of things. Midway through finishing her hair she had to leave the chair and get back to directing the rest of the show. I was a bit bummed because I hadn’t finished with her and was unsure of how she felt about what I had done thus far.
As soon as she left my chair I had a new model in my chair. She was a title holder and was walking for a designer in the fashion show. The style that was given seemed pretty simple to me; a big messy bun. Well she went on to tell me that her hair was very fine and she could never get her hair to be “big”. Thanks to great direction from my essentials teacher Ms. Michele, I knew all I had to do was apply lots of hairspray and backcomb her entire head. I handed her a mirror and she LOVED it!
I knew the event was going to be really fast paced but had no idea how exciting it would be and what a great cause it was for. By the beginning of the show I styled 8 different models. I watched them walk away to complete their looks with makeup and change into the beautiful outfits that each designer created. It was amazing to just be a part of the final look for each vision. Outside of meeting amazing people I got to be part of a really great charity event. The Live Out Loud Charity was established by Sherrie Gearheart after losing a friend to suicide. Its mission is to is to serve those at risk of committing suicide and to help stop this cause of death from continually happening. I am completely humbled to have been given this opportunity and it was something that I’d do in a heartbeat.