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February 4, 2008
Gina Forestieri had a herculean task to complete last week. The stylist at the Splitends salon in Costa Mesa had to learn how to cut hair in a new style with a new group of clients — and with cameras constantly in her face. As far as the New York native is concerned, that was no big deal. “I’m definitely made to do this because I’m not shy,” said Forestieri, who was filmed for the Style Network show “Split Ends,” in which two stylists trade salons and have to adapt to their new environments quickly.
By Sue Thoensen | January 9, 2008
It’s not likely that a bald man would be approached by strangers in public asking sympathetic questions about how he’s dealing with the after effects of chemotherapy. Bald women, on the other hand, are easy targets for that type of invasive public scrutiny. Thea Chassin, the founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc., a New York-based nonprofit group for women with alopecia areata, would know. She’s been bald for 10 years. Chassin was in town recently to host a Bald Girl’s luncheon at Maggiano’s restaurant in Costa Mesa, the first time the group has visited Southern California.
By Daniel Tedford | May 20, 2008
Go to the barber any day of the week and you might get a decent conversation and a few laughs out of your 10- to 30-minute hair cut, but go to Adams Elementary School for a trim and you might get more than 100 cheering children rooting you on as your locks get snipped. That is exactly what happened Monday afternoon when 21 students and three adults decided to have their hair cut and donated to Locks of Love, a charity that creates and sells hair pieces for children with cancer or alopecia, a disease in which children permanently lose all their hair.
July 22, 2000
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - When you see Staciana Stitts walk confidently alongside a swimming pool, your first reaction is to think about dedication. Here's a swimmer who is completely bald. A female. She has no body hair. One's athletic instinct is to believe she has shaved to render a hydrodynamic advantage as she prepares for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. But Stitts, 18, is always this way. And has been since age 12, when her hair started falling out. "I was just brushing my hair one night," Stitts said, "and it kept coming out of my brush and hair was on my pillow that night.
By Kelly Strodl | November 4, 2007
Two weeks ago Kimberly Stotmore found herself accosted for her shaved head. A man grabbed Stotmore as she walked to her car in the parking lot of Santa Ana College and accused the mother of two of being a skinhead. Stotmore, also an 18-year nurse, tried to explain that her lack of hair was merely the result of chemo treatments she recently completed while combating breast cancer. “He didn’t believe I had cancer, he didn’t want to believe me,” Stotmore said.
By Amanda Pennington | January 11, 2007
Melinda Fischer, 13, was nervous as she rode with her mom to the posh Vogue Salon in Newport Beach for her first cut in a full-blown salon. But after Vogue's artistic director Donato Bianchini cut off more than 10 inches of her brown hair, Melinda said it was worth it. Today Melinda and mom Edie Fischer of Newport plan to send her braid of hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that helps provide wigs to children with cancer (
By Candice Baker | September 18, 2008
With Tina Fey’s turn as Gov. Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” creating a stir — in part due to her spot-on bouffant wig — we thought it was time to check in with Christopher Hall, the owner of the wildly popular Splitends salon in Costa Mesa. The salon will appear at 5 tonight on the Style Network’s “Split Ends” reality TV show.   What is the most common color or style that people are requesting now?
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 27, 2012
It's safe to say the football is secure with Talalelei Teaupa. The day after he plays tailback for Newport Harbor High on Friday nights, the 17-year-old plays with a knife on fire. Holding onto the ball is easy when compared to how Teaupa handles a machete engulfed in flames at each end. Teaupa is a Samoan fire knife dancer on the weekends. You've probably seen one before if you've been to a luau in Hawaii. Picture a bare-chested dancer twirling, throwing and catching a flaming knife and that's Teaupa.
By Sarah Peters | April 9, 2012
Super-powered female icons Wonder Woman and Supergirl are inspiring for more than their ability to fly and fight crime. They also have fantastic hair. SAS Shampoo & Style owner Monica Ruggieri knows that a great hairstyle is more than an expression of vanity. Great hair has the ability to transform a woman's attitude and sense of confidence. "When you've had your hair done, it makes you feel better all day long," Ruggieri said Monday while standing in the all-new blow-dry salon on East 17th Street.
By Steve Smith | May 13, 2008
Any parent or teacher will tell you you have to be very careful about what you say around kids. The situation is so bad that for years, teachers have had an unwritten rule about kids acting like magpies. They say to parents, “I’ll believe half of what your kid says about you if you believe half of what they say about me.” But in the case of Sterling Gates, a student at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa, he is to be commended for accurately repeating what his fifth-grade teacher, Alison Walske, said.
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