Written by | Ray Cornelius
CENTRIC TV aired the “Hair Battle 2016” on Saturday night and I can tell you it was just as exciting being there in person as it was watching it unfold on television. The event was actually taped in August during Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show and yours truly was in the mix to get some exclusive shots of all the glitz and glamour that only these stylists could bring.
The evening was hosted by R&B superstar, reality show diva and former Real host Tamar Braxton and featured appearances by hair and fashion maven Dwight Eubanks and celebrity judges—Shekinah Jo, Miss Lawrence and Razor Chic of Atlanta. Each presenter was judged on theme, creativity and styling technique.
This year’s competitors were aiming for a chance to win $10,000 as well as a trophy, a scooter bike from RayTroniks and the coveted Hair Battle Belt. The fierce stylists included Toni Campbell aka Texas T, razor extraordinaire Que Barnes Jackson, newcomer Keon Brunson, former Hair Battle winner Angela Stucky and acclaimed wigmaster Terrence Davidson, who ultimately walked away with the evening’s grand prize. There were also appearances by Beyoncé‘s stylist Neal Farinah, the cast of Centric’s “My Current Situation” and the Queen of Bounce—Big Freedia.
Check out all of the pics below and tell us what you think!
Dwight Eubanks served as this year’s commentator and backstage correspondent
Tamar was in full “Tamar” mode as host and kept the crowd in stitches
Big Freedia made an appearance during Toni Campbell‘s show
Toni Campbell‘s show also included a inflatable Zorb Ball
Toni Campbell aka Texas T whipping that hair into shape
Candid shot of Miss Lawrence, Tamar Braxton and Shekinah Jo
Miss Lawrence getting his life with that fan
Over-the-top styles from Angela Stucky
Angela Stucky‘s theme was inspired by Disney’s Maleficent
Bedazzled “Hair Petals” by Angela Stucky
This collage of color is made of real hair
Terrence Davidson‘s show opened up with a salute to Beyoncé and New Orleans
These Beyoncés were fierce and fabulous with their synchronized dance moves
The girls opened to a medley of song’s from Beyoncé‘s Lemonade CD
Davidson’s theme transitioned from Beyoncé to The Addams Family
Keon Brunson‘s presentation was a look at hair in the future
This was Brunson‘s first time in the competition
Shekinah Jo and Razor Chic dancing and enjoying the music between presentations
Que Barnes Jackson using her infamous razor technique on her model
Tamar Braxton and Dwight Eubanks with the competing stylists
The stylists getting their final critiques from the judges
James Bronner getting ready to announce the winner
And the winner is…TERRENCE DAVIDSON!
Terrence Davidson sharing the victory with his son
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