Second Annual Making the Cut Live Hair Show Names OC's Top Stylist 2014 

Krystle Blair of the COLLECTIVE… a hair salon in Costa Mesa Makes the Cut and Takes Home the Top Honors

On Monday, March 31, six of the best stylists in Orange County competed in the second annual Making the Cut live hair show competition to take home the honor of OC's Top Stylist 2014. A high profile line-up of judges and sponsors, as well as hundreds of guests, walked the red carpet at the Observatory in Santa Ana and watched as six finalists participated in a live hair cutting and styling competition followed by a hair and fashion show. The top six contestants included: Margit Aaron of Margit Aaron Studio, Jason Atkins of Salon 359, Krystle Blair of The COLLECTIVE…a Hair Salon, Traci Garrett of Sweet 1017 Hairdressing, Dennis Lee of Armando Joshua Cristopher Salon, and Amaris Yanez of Jeffrey Michaels Salon.

 This year's event, presented by Scott Fontana in association with Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, was hosted by Jeremy Jackson, Hollywood actor and former Baywatch star, and included an opening hair cutting show by Scott Fontana. The judging panel was comprised of beauty industry elite including: Scott Fontana, Laurent D. of Privé Salon and products, Leyla Milani Khoshbin of Milani Hair, and Raha Lewis of People Magazine. Last year's winner, Morgan Higgins of Salon Bleu in San Clemente, and Anne Moratto of Modern Salon, announced Krystle Blair as this year's winner.

Stylists were given 30 minutes to create a cut and style on stage, followed by a hair and fashion show comprised of four models each. Judges evaluated technique, creative, technicality, and overall performance. As the winner of the Making the Cut, Krystle Blair was awarded with $2,500 cash and other sponsor prizes. The first runner-up, Jason Atkins, received $1,000 cash and the second runner-up, Dennis Lee, received $500 cash. Sponsors of the event included: Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, L'Oréal, Milani Hair, Privé Salon and products, Liquid Technologies, Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment, Frankie Rose Cosmetics, provider of make-up for the evening's looks, and Scott Fontana Collection.

Scott Fontana's artistic team presented a makeover for a client of Working Wardrobes (www.workingwardrobes.org), a nonprofit dedicated to creating an empowered workforce and changing the lives of men, women, young adults and veterans overcoming difficult challenges through job skills training, job placement assistance, wardrobe services and financial readiness training.

Making the Cut is a high-end, professionally produced event that features live hair cutting and styling on stage performed by leading local stylists, a live hair and fashion show, and a renowned judging panel comprised of the beauty industry elite. The show is edgy, sexy and wildly entertaining. Making the Cut is currently in Orange County, Calif., with plans to expand to markets throughout the country. For information, www.CristopheNB.com.