DCCC Showcases Hair through the Decades with ‘Locks that Rock’ Event
May 1, 2013 – Davidson County Community College students in Cosmetic Arts and the Total Image Cosmetic Arts Club have just the right touch when it comes to turning hair into art. And that’s just what they did by creating crazy, beautiful and whimsical hairstyles with the “Locks that Rock” event last Friday evening.
The event, which was set up to run a bit like a music awards show, had hair models walking the runway to show off the elaborate hairstyles and makeup. And the models were not just any models; the group was made up of students, faculty and staff at DCCC who all enjoyed getting into the action by showcasing hairstyles of famous musicians from the 1970s to today. Stars featured in the show included Joan Jett, Elton John, Pink, Lady Gaga, Usher, The Spice Girls, Tina Turner, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Madonna and James Brown just to name a few.
“Everyone I spoke with after the show stated how much they enjoyed the show and loved the stage setup and lobby entrance,” says Pam Oxendine, a Cosmetic Arts student at DCCC. “Although there was a lot of work involved, in my eyes, the show turned out exceptional.”
Kim Combs, coordinator and director of the show, notes that the production – which was a year in the making – was a huge success.
“I am so proud of the cosmetic arts students; they worked as a team and acted in a professional manner. The show gets better with each passing year,” Combs says. “Seeing the smiles my students have on their faces the night of the show and knowing they have been successful is all the reward I need.”
Models such as Kayla McDaniel, a DCCC student, dressed up and performed as Pink, as well as Marie Moore and Tonia Harrison as Heart. DCCC student Kristina Stone performed as Lady Gaga in a long blonde wavy wig and a black crown made of hair, and James Brown was performed by the only male student, Jeremy Hillian.
“The event is always a fun and entertaining event,” Combs adds. “The hairstyles and makeup are obviously not meant to be daily styles, but it’s quite remarkable what our students can do when they work together as a team to pull off such a huge production.”
Combs says the show may be entertaining, but in fact, it gives students an incredible educational opportunity, including an inside look at how a successful runway show is put together; it also teaches them about working as a team, time management and organization.
Another aspect that students appreciate is having the chance to learn about building fantasy hair pieces like the elaborate styles in the show.
“Styles like elegant finger waves, roller sets, up-do styles and outlandish faux hawks are great practice for the students. Once they learn these difficult and tedious hairstyles, they are often able to enter into contests, which opens up networking opportunities and gives them the potential to earn quite a bit of money,” Combs says. “We are thrilled to have the resources here to create such an elaborate production. We have a lot of talent in our department, and this venue is really a great way for our students to show not only their creativity, but skill.”
*Editor’s Note: In the first photo is Kristina Stone as Lady Gaga; the second photo shows Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership at DCCC, as Tina Turner; and the third photo shows students dressed up as zombies as part of the Michael Jackson “Thriller” performance.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.