by Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor

A phenomenal success with designs and fantastic routines hitting the runway at the 5th Annual Hair & Fashion Battle Expo on Saturday, July 18th at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. APPLAUSE goes to Project Runway Designer Daniel Esquivel who opened the show with incredible models hitting the runway with beautiful and sexy designs.

Hats off to all of the wonderful designers and stylists/salons who competed in this production. What I loved most about this show was the great music choices some of the groups used and the kids in this show were just adorable and so very talented. Highlights of the night included a very entertaining presentation by Amped Entertainment dance group of three young ladies similar to that of Las Vegas showgirls. And, a salon skit with the singer, Raquela, who gave a solo performance that reminded me of the Burlesque show movie.  Intermission Jazz by favorite Saxaphonist Shawn Raiford.

Winning 1st place of $1,000 in the fashion show was Thailand Designs by Latiya Gholor and winning 1st place of $2,000 in the hair show was Hair Gone Wild (Natomas). Other contestants in the fashion show included: Raul Designs By Raul Rosales, Shazaam Studios By Christy Jahlea Jahlou, Designs By Tyniece Hall, Zarah’Nized Wear By Zarah, Designs by Hill Tribe, Spectacular Fashion Show Event By Novella. And, contestants in the hair show included: Beauty Intoxication at Galleria Hair Design By Daniel Rita, Evolution Skincare Center Salon & Spa By Selena Johnson, Federico Beauty Institute With Roketa Raiford, and Marinello Schools of Beauty With Eddie Clark

Producer of the annual Hair & Fashion Battle Expo, Marlett Berry, had this to say on her Facebook fan page:

“Thanks to all my judges. I know that was hard but you all were awesome! Vanessa Sanchez, Derrick Dennis, Jaime Urquizo, Mikel Sessions, Yennie Zhou, and Elizabeth Sherrell-Davis. To all the beautiful models that walked for our host! Ella Mokrushin, Tavon S. Johnson, Whitney Conner, Synthia Sumlin, Brieana Smith, Anjelica Victoria, Ishima, Sosi Ayele, Priscilla Constancio and a few other that were selected out of the audience! Thanks to Frances Wright for bringing out your wonderful accessories. Alexandria’s Formals for the wedding items for our host.

Thanks to the hair and make-up Bree Mua Hair Hair Yaminah BeautyFly Elliott Jessica Johnson and her team.

Thank you to all our sponsors, Fox 40, Goodday Sacramento, KOVR 13, Access Tv,, Jax Buttle, Alethea Baptist, Stage CMDR, Inc. Stacy Anderson for the filled bags from Blue Shield, Downtown Grid Sacramento, Yelp, BigAl Sams, vendors and guests at this event. I am blessed to know you all.

See you all next year! Battle of the Winners!”

To see more beautiful photos from last night’s Hair & Fashion (H&F) Battle go to these Facebook pages:

Mark Gunter, Professional Photographer & H&F Battle Photographer

Marlett Berry, Director & Producer of H&F Battle

For more information about the H&F Battle, go to


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