Tressed for success

Longtime Beaufort hair stylist and salon owner Paulette Edwards recently returned to her native New York City to show off the hottest hair trends at Fashion Week.

The fashion-filled week gives designers the opportunity to introduce their clothing lines to buyers, celebrities and the media. Fashion Week events are held twice a year all over the world -- Japan, China, London, Paris, Miami and Milan, to name a few. Fall shows are held the previous February and spring shows the previous September, giving fashionistas a preview of what's to come the following season. And hair stylists such as Edwards get a chance to show off their artistic talents at these events, as well.

Former Beaufort resident-turned Los Angeles fashion designer Delise' Ana Parker chose her former hair stylist, Edwards, to style her models' hair during Fashion Week from Sept. 9 - 16 in the Big Apple.

The Yemassee woman has been doing hair for the past 20 years and has run her own salon, Ultimate Creations in Beaufort, for more than 15 years.

"Her work is amazing," Parker said. "So I knew she'd be the perfect person."

During the latest Fashion Week, Edwards said she worked on about 20 of Parker's models. She said it was a lot of work, but she got to relax and enjoy herself a bit, too. She was able to watch a fashion show at Lincoln Center, where she saw quite a few celebrities, including Ciara, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Osbourne and Deborah Cox.

Edwards is somewhat of a celebrity herself -- in the salon world. She has been recognized in several magazines, including Hype Hair Magazine and Universal Salons, for her design skills and trendsetting over the years.

"She doesn't just understand trends; she sets trends," said Paulette McCombs, Edwards' daughter and assistant, who went along with her mother to help out during Fashion Week.

Before running her own salon, Edwards was an educator liaison for McBride Research Laboratories, maker of Design Essentials Salon System, for 10 years. Now she not only runs a hair salon with her own clients; she also educates other professional hair stylists, teaching classes twice a month at her salon.

Edwards participates in hair shows and competitions throughout the U.S. and plans to take part in shows in Los Angeles and New York City in the next year.

"I'm excited about going again and working with Delise' Ana and other designers," Edwards said. "I love traveling; I love what I do and the industry. It's just an extension of being a salon owner. It allows me to create more."