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CROWNING GLORY: Yin yang symbol wins stylist RM5,000
PETALING JAYA: FOR Cassius Lawrence, the yin yang symbol has long been the inspiration and driving force behind his award-winning tattoo.
Unlike the skin tattoo artists, Lawrence's eye-catching works are accomplished using the hair as canvas.
The 46-year-old recently proved he was one of the best hair tattoo stylists around by winning the Hair Tattoo Competition 2013.
The competition was organised as part of Hair-lah!, a major trade hair exhibition in the country that was held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, here.
Held for the third time, the competition saw Lawrence edge out 11 other talented Malaysians from around the country to win RM5,000 in cash.
During the contest, the 12 finalists were given 20 minutes to put the finishing details of the hair tattoos on their respective models. There were tattoos that depicted tribal motifs, elements of nature and even cultural symbols.
During the event, the audience was also dazzled with a special demonstrations by Simon Shaw and Michael Damiano. Shaw is European artistic director of Wahl, a maker of hair grooming accessories, while Damiano is a three-time winner of the Barber of the Year award.
Using only a clipper, Shaw demonstrated his uncanny ability to layer and add texture to a model's hair. He also shared tips and tricks for aspiring hair stylists.
Damiano showed a real flair for hair when he tattooed the city skyline with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers on a model's hair. He then impressed further by making another hair tattoo while blindfolded.
Meanwhile, a delighted Lawrence said his yin yang-inspired design reflected his philosophy.
"It is always important to balance creativity with technique," he said.
While Lawrence was the star of the day, Shaw, who was also one of the judges, said he was very impressed by the overall talent.
"Where hair tattooing is concerned, I would say that Malaysians are among the top 10 in the world," said the UK-based grooming guru.
The three-day Hair-lah! event comprised various hair fashion shows, seminars and workshops conducted by 10 top hairstylists from six countries.
The fashion shows were a real treat for those in the audience as bizarre and imaginative hair-dos sporting different themes like Oriental Charm, Retro Punk and The Unexpected were paraded.
There were more than 100 exhibitors who showcased their latest products and services. Wahl, L'Oréal, Shiseido, BaByliss, Snips Academy and A Cut Above Academy were among them.