14 local salons raise funds for charities in runway show

Special to The Sun

The 2017 edition of Emerald Coast Top Salon will be held April 7 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Fourteen salons, nominated by the community, will showcase their “shear” talent while raising funds for their chosen charities, all in the form of a dynamic runway show. The seventh annual event will begin with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. followed by the runway show at 8 p.m.

This event showcases salons from Panama City Beach to Pensacola. The salon teams have 24 hours to transform their model from head to toe. Each salon has selected an Emerald Coast resident as a model who will strut her new style for the judges and audience who will then cast votes via text message. Winners will be determined in three categories: Fan Favorite, Judge’s Favorite and the 2017 Top Salon.

The judging panel includes industry professionals Marsha Doll, owner of Marsha Doll Models; Niki Walker-Kennedy, elite hairstylist at one of the most prestigious salons in New Orleans; Stephanie Borras, owner of Soleil 7 Salon & Spa and Soleil 7 Hair Salon in Tallahassee and Scott Taylor, former Hollywood stylist and owner of Taylor by the Sea in Grayton Beach.

In the months leading up to the event, the models have enjoyed services provided by Top Salon sponsors: BluePrint Health Studio, Destin Commons, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Marsha Doll, ZT Motors, 30A Smiles, 30Avenue, Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Epic Photo Co.

The 14 salons, their charities and models are:

As You Like It Salon and Spa: Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Karen Owens

Avantgarde Salon Spa: Others of Destin Inc., Holly Garrido

La Renaissance Salon: Special Olympics of Florida, Rebecca Steele

Lux Solis Aveda Salon & Spa: Santa Rosa Kid’s House, Kristan Williamson

Project: STYLE Salon: Beach Care Services, Angela Olson

Pure & Couture Salon: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Joanna Riddle

Serenity by the Sea Spa: Warrior Beach Retreat, Kenesshia Scott

Southern Roots Salon and Spa: Beds4Kids, Amber Dobbs

Spa Lala Day Spa & Salon: Special Operations Wounded Warriors, Layla Korn

The Cutting Room Salon and Spa: Fisher House, Mallory Griffin

The Kat House Hair Studio: Heroes on the Water, Erin Wainwright

The Posh Daisy Salon Spa: Fresh Start for Children and Families, Heather McGee

Traveling Chic: Connecting Kids Inc., Chelsea Barnette

Volume One Salon: The ARC Gateway, Tasha Bronson