Hairworld: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Hairworld: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 9:00pm
A model at the HairWorld Championships, the "Olympics" of hairstyling.

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A peek into the world of competitive hairstyling.

They call it the “Hair Olympics.” In Moscow, 300 stylists from more than 40 countries — among them the crack United States team — compete at the International HairWorld Championships for coveted gold, silver and bronze medals in timed tests of hairstyling skill. The competition is a spectacle — vivid sculptures of hair, from peacock blue to flaming red, adorn stunning models in killer heels as the stylists fight for the judges’ attention. This program follows the trainers, competitors and models from Team USA as they embark on months of rigorous training until finally their dreams unfold, hair by hair, on the competition floor.

Hairworld: The Pursuit of Excellence airs Tuesday, August 3 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

Mark Lewis’ THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE, a series of four one-hour films, celebrates the ambition, determination and passion of those who pursue distinction in slightly unconventional fields. Each film showcases the training and preparation required to be competitive and reveals the surprising, and sometimes heartbreaking, results of that dedication.