Beauty and fashion extraordinaire Tim Johnson believes masters in the beauty and barbering industry are those who “do more than turn the chair and do the hair.”
“They do the work,” Johnson said.
He’ll show us what he means Sunday, Jan. 31, at the inaugural Beauty & Barber United Awards Showcase and Fashion Show at the Hilton Garden Inn near Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall.
Johnson is the Raleigh-bred owner and master stylist at Tim Johnson International Salon & Suites at Pettigrew Street and New Bern Avenue.
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He’s also creator of Tim Johnson International Hair Care Products and shares his expertise in hair, fashion and beauty to endorse brands such as Pantene and Mizani. He has hosted renowned hair shows and barber battles and has transformed fashion runways into A Tim Johnson Production, including Raleigh’s Women’s Empowerment and the Southern Women’s Show.
And he gives free tips and demonstrations through the Tim Johnson Give-Back Tour.
Johnson created the BBU Awards to recognize industry pros across the state who are making a name for themselves – not only because they can whip or cut hair, but also because their professional innovation and social media-savvy marketing help seal North Carolina’s spot on the industry map.
It’s as much about unity, too, Johnson said.
“I’ve toured in a lot of areas where I see barbers and stylists really come together,” he said. “I want that to happen in North Carolina.”
Ten BBU board members nominated up to three industry professionals for 14 categories: Best in Hair, Best in Barbering, Best Salon, Best Barber Shop, Best in Makeup, Best in Production, Best in Photography, Best Female Model, Best Male Model, Best Female Model – Runway, Best Male Model – Runway, Best Female Kid Model, Best Male Kid Model and Model of the Year.
Three Leadership Legacy Awards go to: Wanda Short, owner of Sherrill’s University of Barbering and Cosmetology on New Bern Avenue; Corey Bell, owner of Park West Barber School in Raleigh and Durham; and Johnson’s mentor, industry veteran salon product developer and former salon owner, Carol Marshall Covington of Charlotte.
The BBU Awards also will showcase a fantasy hair exhibit, hair and barber shows, dinner and a cash bar, a fashion show and other entertainment.
Before the doors open at 6 p.m., Raleigh-based model and runway coach Alva Page will host a red carpet entrance for nominees.
“I’m excited because I’ve never walked a red carpet before, and I’m really excited to be nominated for the award,” said River Eve, 9, who is hoping to snag the award for Best Female Kid Model. “It will be an amazing opportunity for people’s careers – and my career, because I will always like wearing amazing clothing and walking the runway. It’s fun.”
Axel Rivera of Red Carpet Barber Shop in Fayetteville is humbled by his nominations for Best in Barbering and Best Barber Shop. So is Reggie Antonio of Raleigh, nominated in the same categories.
“It’s not what we work for, but to be recognized and respected by your peers is something you have to be thankful for,” said Antonio, 31, owner of The Bar Ber Shop on New Bern Avenue. “It shows our hard work and dedication to the industry and to the community in not going unnoticed.
“We just need to encourage each other, build bridges and build recognition for ourselves in the industry, outside of North Carolina.”
Best in Hair nominee Dominique Hollman of Nique Styles Hair Lounge on Six Forks Road has seen stylists from other states bond and build.
“We have so much talent in North Carolina,” said Hollman, 30. “This is a platform to network while we’re recognized for our artwork.
“Imagine the impact we can have if everybody unites together. It’s going to be major.”
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To buy tickets to the Beauty & Barber United Awards Showcase and Fashion Show, go to http://bit.ly/1WvoYmZ.