Get ready, girls: Celebrity Beauty Bandy

Former Vidal Sassoon stylists to teach two workshops, open-minded models needed

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Celebrity hairstylists Maurice Tidy and Ian Gavet will visit Juneau for the first time next weekend to cut and color hair, for the benefit of local stylists.

Local hairdressers Michelle Wille and Carrie Phillips have organized a hands-on workshop for local hair stylists, called the Celebrity Beauty Bandy, on Sunday and Monday at the Luxury Lounge, across the street from Frontier Suites in the Mendenhall Valley.

Their main reasons for organizing the event were to raise the local talent pool, unite local stylists and raise consumer expectations.

Wille, a local hairstylist since 1985, believes Juneau's unique demographic greatly affects its hair dressers.

"We can't afford to get out of here because we're land-locked, which can either hurt the stylists or help the stylists," Wille said. "Unless they get out or people come in, local hairdressers never get any better. ... There are a lot of shops that are not busy, and it's not the economy. It's the lack of technical skill."

To boost consumer enthusiasm, Wille even invited hairstylists from all of Southeast Alaska to the workshops.

"It's exciting in the community sense, because it's going to help the community have better hair," Wille said. "And it's going to help bring a sense of unity among all the stylists, which is important because we serve the public."

The event requires models, so some locals will get their hair done for free. Wille is looking for about 15 women and men with all types of hair.

"The guys said they'll work like dogs to bang out as much hair as possible," Wille said. "But models have to be open minded and be willing to accept some new hair. These guys are icons; it would be an honor to have them slice on your hair."

London native Maurice Tidy began working with Vidal Sassoon at the age of 15. Within a year, he became the artistic director, playing a significant role in formulating the Vidal Sassoon technique of haircutting and finishing.

"He's one of the top hair-cutters in the entire world," Wille said. "He's been in famous magazines and launched hair care products all over the world."

Ian Gavet also started his hairstyling career with Vidal Sassoon, alongside Joshua Galvin and Gordon Nelson. He has since been featured on talk shows, has worked on four continents and started his own hairstyling academy.

"Gavet is one of the top colorists in the world. He's got his own color line," Wille said. "These men have done everything from beauty pageants to women in the Oscars and the Academy Awards, and they've been in every national fashion magazine since the '60s."

In the future, Wille hopes to do this workshop every year. The next hands-on workshop will be taught by Gary Gerard, owner of Gerard's International Advanced Haircutting Seminars, on Sept. 6.

• Contact Neighbors editor Kim Andree at or 523-2272.

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