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December 5, 2007
Hip hairstylist, er, heads to Sac

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Remember the Bravo reality show "Blow Out"?

It first aired during the summer of 2004 (and ran for three seasons). The show centered on Jonathan Antin, a big-time Southern California hairstylist juggling two salons - in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills - while trying to launch his own hair-care product line.

OK, let me jog your memories a bit more. Jonathan liked to handpick his style team and, on the show, one of his real-life stylists was a guy named Brandon Martinez (shown above in a scene from the show).

I always liked Brandon because he was sort of the "rebel" on the show. He rode a motorcycle, had multiple tattoos, loved the night life and could really, really cut hair.

(A quote from Brandon's Bravo bio reads: "I picked the life, man. I got into hair and I hit the jackpot. What do I get to do? I get to dress up, ride my bike, flirt with girls and do their hair.")

Alas, Jonathan and Brandon just didn't click and, ultimately, Brandon was shown the back door.

Well, fast forward to 2007 and Brandon is doing just fine, thank you very much. He's still in the clip business, cutting high-powered coifs from Beverly Hills to the Bahamas. He's worked fashion week in New York and, get this, he's developed his own line of hair-care products, B. The Product.

More importantly, he's coming to Sacramento on Monday!

Brandon will spend the day, from 9 a.m. to about 6 p.m., at Total Beauty Experience (2929 Arden Way). He'll be doing complimentary haircuts - by appointment, of course. That's probably about $200 worth of free scissoring apiece!

"Anyone interested should know ahead of time that Brandon cuts hair dry," store co-owner Debbie McCain tells me. "And his styles can best be described as progressive, contemporary and cutting edge." No pun intended.

If you're not looking to lop off your locks, it might be fun for you to just swing by anyway. Brandon is very entertaining. And you can check out his product line, which Total Beauty Experience is carrying.

Debbie says that the way the event likely will work is that Brandon will line up five "clients" at a time, cut their hair and then have a team of assistants follow up.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the store at (916) 481-7994.

I'll definitely be there because I'm all about the hair!

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