Cosmetology school to host fashion show

POCATELLO — A field of 198 competitors took center stage Monday night to transform their clients into prom royalty, celebrity couples and even the subjects of fantasies. The annual Cosmetology Hair and Fashion competition has been hosted locally for more than two decades. It alternates between the ISU Cosmetology Department and the School of Hair Design in Chubbuck. This year’s program cost $5 to attend, and proceeds were donated to the Idaho Foodbank, Brooklyn’s Playground, and Aid for Friends. Thanks to a generous donation, there was more net revenue remaining for the charities. "Normally we have to divide the funds we get through entrance fees and pay for the trophies and awards," Bobbi Fitch, this year’s event coordinator. "This year Tom Nester of Pocatello donated all the trophies, and it is the first time we have ever had that happen, and we were just so thrilled." Contestants in the competition come from hair and cosmetology schools from throughout the area, and any student enrolled in the program can compete. Participants compete in nine different categories including: artificial nails, ladies daytime fashions, famous couples, male hair cuts, little girls party time, boys play time, fantasy, prom and ladies high fashion evening. Kara Rowbury has been a student at the Hair Academy in Rexburg for the past two years, and this was her third year in the competition. She entered in the ladies daytime fashion category. "I took first and third last year, and third the year before in the same category," Rowbury said. Though the competition is mainly hair, nails and makeup, the competitors were required to put together entire outfits that went along with the particular hairstyle, or makeup. It was also the competitor’s responsibility to get their own models to model the fashions they had put together. "It’s just a great time," Fitch said, "There is a lot of work that goes into this show, and the fashions that the competitors have put together, and it is just so wonderful to have all of this support." Ember Mullaney, a student at the School of Hairstyling in Chubbuck, was a first-time competitor in the competition. "I’m not nervous at all," Mullaney said, "It’s been a lot of fun and very interesting. There are a lot of pretty girls here. Looking at the competition, I think the girls from our school have done an amazing job." For the first time since the beginning of the annual competition, there was a category for professional cosmetologists. "There used to be professional fashion shows in the area, but those went away a long time ago," Fitch said. "By having a professional category, it gives the students that are involved in the competition a chance to see how they compare, and give them a chance to see where they need to improve."