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The Citizen

    A hair-raising show

    Students get chance to ‘Give Back’ at hair show

    Ashanti Cole models at "Give Back" hair show honoring Black History Month.Laney cosmetology students have a unique opportunity to gain hours toward their licenses and work experience thanks to Ja’Nay Perkins-Payne, a 2014 Laney alum and owner of Especially for You, a mobile salon.
    The salon staged its first “Give Back” hair show Feb. 28 at the Adeline Art Studios in Berkeley. The theme was “My Black is Beautiful,” in recognition of Black History Month.
    “As a hair stylist I am actively involved in my community and I understand how hard it is for cosmetologists to find employment,” said Perkins-Payne. “I want to give back by creating venues where cosmetologists can improve their skills and earn extra hours.”
    The Give Back show emphasized hair designs in African American history, featuring Afro-Central styles, such as up-do’s, colorful braids, and extensions. “I love the way the salon made the connection,” said Annisha Geran. “I really like the free service, and the interaction.” Geran brought her mother, Wilma Brown, who was unexpectedly asked to model her hairdo, and agreed. “I really enjoyed myself,” Brown said, “although my knee gave out.”
    ‘Especially for You’ hair show at Adeline Art Studios honors Black History Month.One of Perkins-Payne’s supporters is her former instructor, Helen Curry of the Laney College Cosmetology Department. “I’m here to give my former student my support and participation,” Curry said. “We encourage our students to get involved in their community. We are proud of the progress Ja’Nay has made.” 
    “It’s the students themselves that make the program work,” notes Perkins-Payne. “The competition level is high in this market.”
    The Especially for You mobile salon will continue supporting students with semi- monthly events in the Oakland area to showcase African American talent and promote positive involvement in the community.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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