Hair RAGE – The 20th Annual Golden Scissors Awards

Find out what went down this year at D.C’s most anticipated hair show, and check out DC Life Magazine’s interview with Glynn Jackson!

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Golden Scissors Awards, an event honoring and showcasing the creativity of hard working established and up-and-coming stylists in the beauty and fashion industries. Folks from all around D.C., Maryland, and Virginia were in attendance to witness the style extravaganza at the Civic Building in Silver Spring, MD. The award show was created and hosted by D.C. based stylist Glynn Jackson, a man whose career spans over two decades and who has completed several projects for L’Oreal, Fox News, America’s Next Top Model, Bronner Brothers Inc., and The Russ Parr Morning Show, just to name a few.

What people love so much about The Golden Scissors Awards is that it isn’t just any kind of hair/fashion show. Glynn Jackson’s goal is to empower men and women of all ages, and give them a platform that they can use to build their brands, and reach their full potential. In keeping with the theme of this year’s show, “Hair Rage – The Biggest Rage in Hair”, models and stylists delivered an in-your-face presentation of fashion and a mixture of edgy cuts and soft tresses.

The first event of the evening was the Salon Professionals show, which Mr. Jackson charismatically kicked off to a lively audience. Volume and bold colors were dominant on the runway throughout the evening.  Each segment of the show intentionally ignored the traditional fashion show modus operandi and featured models of different shapes and ages. The audience was charmed by the young children that strutted down the catwalk in brightly colored tulle, satin, faux fur, and crochet knit frocks with the confidence of Naomi Campbell.  The majority of the kids were styled with loose curls, afros, braided extensions, and multicolored hair pieces. Short, clean cuts and dreads were seen on the male models and side-swept locks, chignons, Mohawks, long curls, sharp bangs and bobs, were worn by the female models. Sequins, shine, sheerness, solid colors, short and full skirts, and abstract prints were common elements featured in the garments worn, with a few heavily accessorized looks here and there.

Throughout the course of the night, awards and recognition were given to business owners, stylists, and designers from all around the Washington metropolitan area. Attendees of the event were also treated to energetic dance performances of multiple genres including hip-hop, krumping, modern dance, and ballet.

What was most engaging about the whole event was Glynn Jackson’s humble and approachable nature. I had the opportunity to speak with the man of the hour shortly before he was whisked away for the second event of the evening, the 20th Anniversary Gala. He shared his opinions on fashion and hair trends, as well as what motivates him every day to keep contributing everything he can to the industry and the community.

In 2011, we saw variations of ponytails, braids, soft waves and pompadours. What direction do you think hair trends are headed towards?

Short hair and interesting cuts are going to be hot in 2012. We’ll start to see a lot of unique designs coming to the forefront. We’ll see the integration of color and weaving that will blend well and look very natural. We’ll also see a lot of sleek looks, and bold color elements as we move forward.

Who do you think has made the biggest impact on style this year?

I love Victoria Beckham, she’s a trendsetter and presents style very well. I love LisaRaye and the women from [the television show] “Single Ladies” on Vh1. I think they represent style well too. I love the look of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” because a lot of styles is measured by reality television now.  Moving forward into 2012, great belts, a lot of metal, acrylics, and edgy cuts are going to be hot.

How do you think style in Washington D.C. has evolved over the past few years?

It keeps changing, D.C. is very unpredictable. It is considered a wild card, you never know what people are going to do next.

The Golden Scissors Awards are one of the biggest style events in the Washington metropolitan area.  What inspired you to create the show?

If I stopped doing this, who would do it? And who would provide a vehicle for all of the young people? Every day is a journey and I just continue to try and help the young people.

The African American hair industry is dominated by Asian owned companies. What do you think consumers and stylists can do in order to help black-owned businesses become equally successful in this industry?

They should take a proactive role and do more than just show up. They should get involved with their clients, talk to them and educate them on all of the possibilities. People should dare to make a difference. Don’t be a person that is just existing, make a difference.

You have been in the styling industry for over 20 years now and over the years, you have made numerous accomplishments. Which accomplishment has meant the most to you so far?

The love from the young people and how they continue to make me proud. On days when I want to walk off this job and say that I can’t do it because every dime I have is put into it, there is a young person that will come into my life, and that makes it all worth it. If nobody else gives me love, I know the children will give me love unconditionally.

What advice do you have for young stylists that are trying to establish a name for themselves in the industry?

Be committed to your craft and know that you are good at what you do.

If you could give every woman one important piece of advice for their hair, what would it be?

Don’t wear your hair in a way that other people tell you to wear it, wear it in the way that you desire to wear it.

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