Lacy Schools of Cosmetology students recently got into the patriotic spirit with a contest to produce the most dramatic red, white and blue hairstyle for Independence Day.

According to lead instructor Sherry Northgard, 13 students received the assignment to work mannequin heads into star-spangled spectacles two weeks ago and threw themselves into the work.

The mannequin heads were due Friday, and students and staff voted on the top three based on creativity and demonstration of skill set.

“We do this mannequin contest for every holiday. The only restriction is that they have to do the work here; they can’t take it home,” said Northgard. “It gives them something different and fun to do.”

First place went to a head by the team of stylist Sasha Jules and nail technician Ebony Barr. Second place was given to an airbrushed red, white and blue hairstyle by Oneus Graham, and a hairstyle decorated with red, white and blue flowers by Latrail Abney took third place.

The cosmetology school, located at 3084 Whiskey Road, offers students training in hair styling, nail technical design and aesthetics and offers salon services to the public such as haircuts, shampoos, nail services, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The school starts new classes on a bi-monthly basis.

“With these girls, we see some really good work, and the holiday contest shows how creative they can really be,” Northgard said.

For more information about Lacy Schools of Cosmetology, call the main campus on Whiskey Road at 648-6181 or visit www.lacyschools.com.

Suzanne Stone is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard. Her idea of sophisticated hair styling is matching her ponytail holder to her outfit.

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