La Ti Da Salon hairdresser Kelly Farris recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase her talents at California's Sacramento Fashion Week.Farris traveled to sunny California the last …
La Ti Da Salon hairdresser Kelly Farris recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase her talents at California's Sacramento Fashion Week.
Farris traveled to sunny California the last weekend of February to style runway hair for models at Sacramento Fashion Week — an opportunity she described as surreal.
A native of Carbon Hill, Farris graduated from the Jasper Beauty Academy and has been a hairstylist for the past 18 years. She's been employed with La Ti Da Salon in Jasper for 10 years.
Farris' opportunity to go to California came about when she saw The Colour Bar, a Sacramento hair salon, had an open call for hairstylists to help during fashion week. She had to decline a previous offer to work an event for the company when she couldn't travel for the job, but then everything aligned for her recent trip to become a reality.
Over 200 hairdressers were at the fashion show, and Farris said she was the only one from Alabama.
"They had pictures of what the designers wanted us to do to the models' hair, so I went by what they wanted me to do to create the looks that the designers wanted for their collections," Farris said. "It wasn't hairdos that I typically do every day in the salon. It was definitely runway, editorial."
Farris said she assisted in nearly 10 hair designs, and had an opportunity to watch the models she worked with walk the runway.
She also learned some new techniques that she can incorporate into formal hair design locally.
"I loved it. I just feel so fortunate that I got to go. ... It was incredible," she said.
Farris even received an invitation to return to help during Sacramento Fashion Week again.
"The husband and wife that own The Colour Bar were so sweet and wonderful to let me come out there and join the team," Farris said. "They asked me if I would come back next year, and I told them, 'Absolutely.'"
She described the experience as the biggest highlight of her career.
"I've been doing this for a long time, and I just now got to finally go do something that incredible," Farris said. "It takes time. You've got to hang in there and make it happen."