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Trends 'rocks it' during contest

Submitted Photo Kris Bosma, (from left) Tabatha Coffey, Tina Wagner and Michele VanderMeulen stand together at the Style It, Lock It & Rock It styling competition Oct. 16 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A team of stylists from Worthington's Trends salon competed in a hairstyling contest, met reality show idol stylist Tabatha Coffey of "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" and helped raise money for breast cancer awareness and research efforts Oct. 16 in Sioux Falls.

"It was a way to expand our horizons and step out of our box," said Kris Bosma, stylist and owner of Trends. "It's something we'll remember for a long time."

The Style It, Lock It & Rock It competition involved 30 teams of four licensed stylists or current cosmetology students each. Proceeds from the competition -- nearly $20,000 -- went to Avera Think Pink and Sanford's She.Me.We., both of which focus on stopping breast cancer.

In the first round, each group received a different inspirational phrase they had to build a hairstyle around, ranging from the specific, such as "Lady Gaga" or "Statue of Liberty," to the general, such as "flower" or "flappers."

The Trends team, which included Monica Wolf of Kasson, the owner of Hair with Flair, drew the phrase "red-carpet ready." The group had just a bit of time to decide which of the four stylists would style and which one would be styled. Because of her long hair, Bosma was chosen as the stylee.

Tina Wagner and Michele VanderMeulen of Trends and Wolf, the remaining three stylists on the team, had only a few basic products to use to create a red-carpet ready style for Bosma -- bobby pins, hair spray, combs, brushes and pomade.

"She had long hair, so it was kind of easy," VanderMeulen said. "We brought her (hair) over to the side in a low chignon."

They only had 3 minutes to create the style and "lock it" in. Then came the "rock it" portion of the event.

"(Bosma) had to walk across the stage and flaunt it," Wagner said. "Half of (the competition) was the hair, and half of it was flaunting it."

About 10 judges worked together to decide the six winning teams of the first round of competition. Coffey, who helps struggling salons on her Salon Takeover show, judged the final round of the contest, but she met and greeted each team of stylists.

"She was very nice," Bosma said of Coffey, who can be quite blunt and intense on her show.

Though the Trends team didn't make it to the final round, all of them were glad to have attended the competition, and intend to try it again next year.

"We had a blast," Bosma said.