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November 5, 2007
'Oprah' and the hair makeovers

I cut out early on Friday to catch “Oprah” because a) I’m probably the only living soul in Sacramento without a TiVo, and b) local stylist Keinya Beasley appeared on the show, which airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on Channel 3.

Keinya, who owns Modern Hair & Day Spa in Rocklin (5961 W. Oaks Blvd.), called earlier in the week to fill me in on the details.

She was asked to accompany celebrity hairstylist and friend Kimberly Kimble,, one of five nationally known stylists asked by the show to come and do 100 makeovers in 48 hours on women (and one guy) in various stages of their lives. The show’s title was “The Great American Haircut.” And, I have to admit, it was pretty great.

The show opened with Oprah whacking off actress Hilary Swank’s hair to donate to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign for women going through cancer treatments. Then, the celebrity stylists took over. Besides Kimberly, there was Ted Gibson, Rita Hazan, Harry Josh and Ken Paves.

They – and their teams – had their own studio “salons,” where they were met with a host of hair challenges. For example:

* A woman who hadn’t cut her hair since 1974.
* A woman who went prematurely gray in her 20s but wanted a change in her 40s.
* An award-winning teacher whose students were on hand to see her transformation.
* Eric, a.k.a. “The Caveman,” who hadn’t cut his hair or shaved since, well, living in a cave.

There were tons of smiles after the makeovers, mixed with tears. As Oprah put it: “Hair is emotional.”

Some women had their hair cut; some got extensions. But, more than any makeover procedure, the majority of them got new color.

On Saturday, I happened to be at the Laura DuPriest Salon & Day Spa in Roseville. Some of the women getting their hair done had seen the show on Friday and were eager for a possible new look. Yours truly included.

To read more about Keinya's experiences, check out my previous posting. Just
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