Trini braider wins regional competition with pan design
A Trinidadian braid specialist has won a regional hair battle with a unique pan design.
Pashion Kellar, who can be found on Instagram under the name dpassion4realbraids, topped the braiding category of a Caricom Hair Extravaganza called the Beauty Exchange Expo which was held in Barbados over the weekend.
It was the first time Kellar entered any competition in her 25 years of braiding.
"My strategy was how am gonna get this done. Ideas were playing up in my head and my pan piece was one of my first ideas. I changed it to an Indian girl then back to the pan cause I said a steelpan woman is one of the most beautiful things," Kellar explained.
She said she decided to make her design a tribute to the late Pat Bishop, who she said bravely entered a male-dominated arena to arrange for steel bands.
"So I say let me go for it. I used all my techniques possible and I finished my pan piece at 10 am the morning of the show," she said.
The piece was called Pan Royale and featured braids in the colours of the T&T flag.
The actual pan was also fashioned from braids using 40 packs of hair which she braided with help from her team Gail Remy, Rashia Ryan and Deasha from Barbados,
For her efforts, Kellar won US$1500.
She also entered the Fantasy challenge with a Medusa design but didn't place.
The Beauty Exchange Awards is described as the only hair competition in the Caribbean that allows professional hairstylists to represent their self and country in a prestigious hair battle.
Produced by Supreme Hair, The Beauty Exchange Battle is celebrating its fourth year of honouring talented and creative artists the Caribbean.
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