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Stylists from local area BUBBLES and Salon Cielo salons demonstrated their talent, creativity and skill in both individual and salon categories during this year's 'Hair Wars'

Vienna, VA, October, 2007 – At the 13th annual Hair Wars competition, held Sunday, September 30, more than 70 Stylists from nearly 20 local BUBBLES and Salon Cielo salons battled for top honors in a day-long showcase of hairstyling and pageantry.

Individual entries were judged on overall look in three different categories: trendy, wearable day looks; runway-worthy evening looks; and outrageous fantasy looks that pushed the limits of the imagination. Jamie Sugg, a Stylist with the BUBBLES salon in Annapolis, won first place for her asymmetrical day look, and Erica Ritchie, a Stylist with the BUBBLES salon at Arundel Mills, won first place for her stunning evening look. First place in the fantasy category was awarded to So Gordan for her Asian-inspired hair parasol. To view the winners in all categories, click here or visit: www.bubblessalon.com/splash/086295/086295.html.

Using the same theme, Stylists in the same salon created coordinating looks to present in the salon competition, an all-out stage presentation featuring costumes, makeup, music, choreography - and of course, fabulous hair. Themes this year ranged from a stylized Wizard of Oz to a tribute to the cultures of the world to a Candy Land celebration, all with the hottest music and the fiercest runway walks. The BUBBLES salon in Annapolis was awarded first place in the salon competition for its edgy, anti-establishment presentation featuring towering upstyles and razor-sharp cuts. In the team competition, first place winners receive $1,000; second place is awarded $500; and third place receives $250.

"This was one of the best Hair Wars competitions we've ever had. The skill and creativity our Stylists showed is remarkable," said Ann Ratner, President of the BUBBLES and Salon Cielo salon chains and a licensed Stylist. "I am so proud of all of them. It takes a lot of courage to compete on stage like this, and they all did a fantastic job."

The winners are determined by a team of judges, comprised of local salon owners and world-class educators from Wella International. Winners receive a trophy to mark their accomplishment and the well-earned recognition of professionals in their industry.

This year, Hair Wars also held a raffle to raise money for Hairdressers Unlocking Hope, a charitable campaign created by industry icon Vidal Sassoon, aimed at building homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The raffle raised nearly $2,000 for Habitat for Humanity and its efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

About BUBBLES: BUBBLES Stylists are highly-trained professionals with a well-earned reputation for knowing - and often setting - the latest trends in hair design, color and texture. Since the first salon opened 30 years ago, BUBBLES has grown to more than 30 salons in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and is a fashion fixture in the mid-Atlantic. BUBBLES is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, Virginia. For more information, visit www.BUBBLESsalon.com.

About Salon Cielo and Spa: Salon Cielo and Spa offers exceptional hair and spa services in a serene, relaxing atmosphere. Expert Stylists create timeless, classic styles, and spa locations provide a convenient respite to the hectic pace of everyday life. Clients leave feeling pampered, rejuvenated and renewed. Salon Cielo & Spa is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, Virginia. For more information, visit www.SalonCielo.com.

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