Kim Vo Salon wins “Battle of the Strands”

Tuesday, November 01, 2011
By Sara Moore


Right in time for Halloween, the Battle of the Strands competition and masquerade ball was held at the beautiful Spanish Mansion, a 10,000 square foot estate in a 2.5 acre enclosed property 1.5 miles from the Vegas strip. Five competing salons had to portray the theme “Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future” using hair, make-up, costume, and props on their three models. The Kim Vo Salon at the Mirage Casino received the award for Top Salon of Las Vegas 2011.

The winning salon featured a ghostly white Ghost of Christmas Past, a vine-covered Ghost of Christmas Present, writhing on the floor with a giant boa constrictor, and an eerie Ghost of Christmas Future with a gaping hole in place of a right eye.

Judges included LaVey Ortiz, a Las Vegas celebrity make-up artist who is a favorite of celebrities including the Kardashians, the Hiltons sisters, Molly Sims, and Rosario Dawson; Kari Kisch, a make-up artist and stylist who has worked on celebrities including Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Aniston, as well as numerous magazine photo shoots; Lyle Malapit, Las Vegas Salon Owner, and hairstylist with almost a decade of experience; and Jenniveve McPherson, a costume designer who has designed for Vegas shows and owner of the production company and design team The Beverly Project, which has designed red carpet costumes for celebrities such as “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge and Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

VIP and celebrity guests such as Dr. Robert Rey, TV star Frenchy from Rock of Love, and MasterChef runner-up Adrien Nieto, were escorted to and from the event in Lamborghini and Audi luxury cars, and enjoyed delicious food from Wild Truffles, a high end Las Vegas caterer lead by prominent chef Eva Paulussen. Guests also took home gift bags with products from event sponsors including Izunami Hair Tools, Bhumi Earth make-up, brushes, Lamborghini of Las Vegas, Audi Henderson, LVMH Sponsored Piazza Sempione, Best Beauty Products Today, Samantha Rose Jewelry, and more.

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