Marie Antoinette queen at Battle of the Salons

Look out, Vegas—here comes Razmataz!

The talented stylists at Razmataz Salon in Georgetown spend most of their time helping folks look and feel gorgeous with fresh haircuts and colors, make up application, facials, and other spa services. And recently, Razmataz’s stylists took the fashion industry by storm at the Battle of the Salons in Austin, Texas.

Battle of the Salons is a national competition that invites teams of eight stylists, and their models, from salons all over the country to compete in a fashion show challenge. The prize is $1,000 plus a trip to the finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The teams are expected to handle everything including hair, make up, costuming, choreography, music, and lighting. Most importantly, they have to come up with a story to tell on the runway because their models aren’t just walking the catwalk for a few seconds. The team has to fill a five- to eight-minute time slot and keep the audience engaged—no easy feat! But the Razmataz crew made it look effortless.

Razmataz Salon was chosen to be in the show for the first time this year. The team competed against 10 other central Texas salons and won the competition both weekends. The first weekend’s theme was “Recycled Fashion,” so the team dreamed up a clever and comical Marie Antoinette-era story of a queen, her king, and a saucy (and sauced up) lady of the evening. The colorful, detailed costumes for the cast of characters were created with bubble wrap, Uno cards, cupcake liners, and other odds and ends team members could find around their homes. Team member and salon manager Crystal Zaniewski says, “It’s a good thing some of us are moms, so we have this stuff lying around!”

Razmataz at Battle of the Salons

The teams were allowed to choose their theme for the second weekend. The Razmataz crew’s choice celebrated “Texas Weather.” They put their collective imaginations to work to turn three models into a creepy Goth Hailstorm with spindly branches protruding from her head, a dark and dizzying Texas Tornado, and a Lady Gaga-esque Rainbow. The DJ kicked off the hailstorm with thunder, lightning, and a dance mix of “Riders on the Storm.” Hardcore metal music accompanied the tornado spun, followed by a dance version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” for—of course—the Rainbow’s appearance.

The team had to dig deep to earn the Best Overall title during the second weekend. In addition to presenting their portion of the fashion show, they were informed two days before the event that each team also had to demonstrate a five-minute updo and make up application on stage. The Razmataz crew nailed it and walked away with another victory. “The weekend was a ton of work and exhausting. But our crew and models were running on adrenaline and we all had a blast!” says stylist and team member Shelley Kaderka.

The team’s efforts paid off, and in February they’ll head to the U.S. finals in Las Vegas to represent the central Texas region. The team is busy organizing a fundraiser to help cover airfare and hotel costs. The good folks at Mesquite Creek Outfitters have offered to host the fundraiser, which will feature barbecue, live music, and more. The team has already lined up sponsors, including Extraco Bank and Realtor Sherri Madden.

Crystal says, “Everyone’s invited, so please keep your eyes open for news about the fundraiser so that you can stop by, eat some delicious food with us, hear some great music, and support our team as we represent Georgetown and central Texas on the way to our next victory!”


Visit www.razmatazsalon.com for hours, services, and stylist information.

To watch videos from the regional Battle of the Salons, go to www.facebook.com/RazmatazSalon/videos. Learn more about the national competition at www.battleofthesalonsusa.com.

To sponsor the Battle of the Salons Team, contact Shelley Kaderka at skaderka@yahoo.com.

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