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Date of Release: 
Monday, March 28, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information     
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Elizabeth Tucker, Director of External Services
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Hair Affair 2011

Hair Affair 2011
Magical, Mythical, and Fantastical 

April 28, 2011

MADISON, WI –Twenty teams of stylists from eighteen premier Madison-area salons have been selected to participate in this year’s Hair Affair: The Art of Hair. Using the theme “Fantasy and Fairytales” as a starting point, the teams will present hair sculptures inspired by out-of-this-world characters, some well known and beloved, others newly envisioned by the stylists.

Hair Affair 2011, a fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, will take place from 7 to 10 pm on Thursday, April 28. Among the fantastical creations on view in MMoCA’s glass-enclosed stairway and lobby will be:

  • A windswept design incorporating leaves and twigs, evoking Red Riding Hood’s escape through the woods with the Big Bad Wolf in pursuit. Designer: Blues Hair Studio.
  • An Ice Princess encrusted with glittering rhinestones and crowned by a frozen coiffure of extra long hair extensions, hair paint, and feathers. Designer: Rejuvenation Spa.
  • Fifteen feet of braided golden hair interwoven with ribbons, flowers, pearls and fresh baby’s breath to suggest a modern-day Rapunzel. Designer: RZ & Company.

These creations and seventeen more will come to life on live models through towering hair sculptures, elaborate costumes, and dramatic makeup in a runway-style show down MMoCA’s three-story glass staircase.

Salons participating in Hair Affair 2011 are:

B.fix Salon
Be Inspired Salon
Blues Hair Studio
Cameo Spa Salon
Cha Cha Beauty & Barber
Cinema Hair Studio
Hybrid Salon
Millennium Salon
RZ & Company
Regency Beauty Institute
Rejuvenation Spa
Retro Hair Studio 
Salon Neuv
Studio 924 
Ultimate Spa Salon
William Jon Salon

Hair Affair 2011 will also feature delectable seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, grooves from DJ Nick Nice, and a silent auction of pampering- and entertainment-inspired packages. 

According to Katie Dowling-Marcus, Hair Affair co-chair, “The idea of a gala showcasing fantastical hair designs came up as a way to draw people to a museum event that was fun, creative, theatrical, and unique. MMoCA fundraisers not only raise money; they also expose the museum to wider audiences. Many Hair Affair ticket-holders are longtime members and patrons of the museum, while others will be walking though its doors for the first time.”

For participating stylists, Hair Affair offers a rare chance to go beyond the basics of a chic-but-practical haircut. As Anthony Santini from Hybrid Salon explains, “For a creative stylist, an out-of-the-box artistic experience is a thrill. Hair Affair makes this happen.”

All proceeds raised through Hair Affair support the museum’s free, world-class exhibitions, as well as its lectures and gallery talks, films, tours, and extensive programming for children across Dane County.

Tickets are available now at or by calling 608.257.0158. Fairytale tickets (general admission) are $50; Fantasy tickets are $100 and include exclusive seating, pre-show wait service, and a treat-filled gift bag.

To date, generous support for Hair Affair 2011 has been provided by The Century House; Dean Clinic-The Aesthetic Surgery Center; Goodman’s Jewelers; Think Ink and Design; and BravaMagazine.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through volunteer group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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