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Fighting Cancer With Style


Fighting Cancer With Style

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the 2nd annual HairWalk Runway Show was held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. This ultra-fabulous, high-end charity event raises awareness and funds for cancer patients and celebrates the lives of the amazing individuals who have won the grueling battle against cancer.


Founded by Alisa Barnes, a well-established hair stylist and salon boutique owner based in Columbia, SC, HairWalk has already seen a great amount of success just a year after its birth.

The 2014 show consisted of fall/winter wear from major retailers: Old Navy, Cato, Bebe, Macy’s, Sunglass Hut and also from emerging designers Corinne & Molly, Born Majestic, and Elsa Prei. Each retailer put together affordable, wearable getups for the upcoming cooler seasons, and the emerging designers wowed the audience with their innovative new ideas.

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The show was preceded by a Pink Tie reception, which recognized men diagnosed with breast cancer and honored husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who supported women in their battles against breast cancer. The models of the show captivated the runway to “fight cancer with style” in efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Palmetto Health Foundation.


HairWalk also featured styled wigs that were donated to patients with cancer-related hair loss, designed by students of Virginia College and Paul Mitchell the School Columbia. The two schools also participated in an artistic display of their creations through themed choreographies.


Two-time Olympic gold medal winner and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Nikki McCray was a featured guest at the event, as well as Brandi Maxiell, star of VH1’s Basketball Wives, both who won the battle against cancer. These strong, overcoming women along with many other amazing cancer survivors stole the runway finale as they walked proudly celebrating their lives and their accomplishments of beating cancer.

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HairWalk turned out to be a great success yet again and founder Alisa Barnes is sure to keep up the good work in order to spread awareness for the fighters and survivors.

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Meera Bhonslé, native of Lexington, South Carolina has always had a deep interest in writing and fashion. Meera loves to dance, horseback ride, travel, cook, teach her Sunday school class and learn new languages. Her aspiration in life is to achieve the goals she makes for herself and be the best, most selfless person she can be. She is passionate in everything she loves to do and hopes to continue to be motivated to live an impactful life.

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