Planet Hair at New York Fashion Week!

Three stylists from Planet Hair recently returned from a trip that fulfilled one of their lifelong dreams –  working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week!  Hair stylists Jesse McMillin and Mel Thorton, along with makeup artist Emma Terry, represented Wichita’s Planet Hair salon at the Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week., working with the Aveda Fashion Week team to create the hair and makeup looks that walked down the runway!

Recognizing that working on hair and makeup for these shows is a momentous career achievement for stylists, Planet Hair seized the opportunity to send three people to work with the Aveda team. New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest, most exciting events in the fashion industry. During the week of February 9, around 232,000 people attended more than 500 fashion shows during the New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 and over 2 million watched the shows online to see the trends the international designers have prepared for fall.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of Fashion Week, since I watched runway shows as a little kid, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity to take part in it,” Terry said. “This was a dream come true!”

To qualify to participate in Fashion Week, Planet Hair asked their stylists to write an essay, telling the salon owners why they wanted to attend Fashion Week. The winning stylists attended training in New York in January, sponsored by Planet Hair. McMillian and Thorton studied with John Raymond, the lead stylist of the Aveda Fashion Week team and Terry worked with Janell Geason, lead makeup artist, to practice the season’s runway trends and techniques.

“I am very happy for the experience, even though it was terrifying and pushed me out of my comfort zone,” remarked Thorton. “I’m grateful to the owners of Planet Hair for making this possible.”

Joining 75 other international Aveda artists, Planet Hair’s artists worked in small teams during Fashion Week, getting models ready for the shows. McMillin and Thorton worked with upcoming designers LeAnne Marshall and Marcel Osterag. McMillin also did hair for a collective show of three designers in the Latinista Show. Terry created makeup looks for the Francesca Liberatore, Calvin Luo and Louis Verdad shows.

“Fashion Week was an incredible experience,” said McMillin. “It was fun being able to do edgier styles than we usually do in the salon, and creating styles I’ve never done before. I’m ready to go back and do it again!”

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You Look Like a Model!

We’re looking for men and women models for our Hollywood Lights runway show for ArtAID 18.  If you’re You could be a modelinterested drop by our model call on Sunday, August 26th from 1 pm until 3 pm or Monday, August 27th from 6 pm until 8 pm here at Planet Hair.

We’re looking for models, who are at least 18 years old, with or without modeling experience.  Some dance experience is helpful. Questions? Call (316) 267-8000.

Get Ready for the ArtAID 17 – Sideshow

Let your freak flag fly at ArtAID 17Let your flag fly and come join the side show at ArtAID 17 Sideshow Spectacular!

With a reputation as one of the most fun parties of the year, ArtAID fuses a silent and live art auction, great food, a dance party, and a breath taking runway fashion show by Planet Hair into an unforgettable evening. Proceeds from this benefit for Positive Directions help local people living with HIV and AIDS.

 Get ready for the big party and put some sparkle in your life with a glossing treatment for only $25 with any service.


ArtAID 16WICHITA, Kan. – (October 26, 2009) – With a one-two punch, ArtAID 16 knocked out past records to raise a whopping $92,000 during the 16th year of this event. This brings the total raised over ArtAID’s history to over $1.1 million.  More than 1,500 people filled the historic Cotillion Ballroom to standing room only capacity, with reserved tables selling out in record time. Bidding heroically on live and silent auctions, this enthusiastic crowd surpassed all past art sales by 33 percent. This fundraiser benefits Positive Directions, a Wichita organization that helps people living in the community with HIV and AIDS by supplying support, housing, and food.  “We keep hearing about people cutting back and supporting less,” said Cody Patton, director of Positive Directions. “From the art sales and attendance we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. The community support is incredible.”

            For 16 years Planet Hair, a hair salon in Wichita’s Old Town historic district, has organized ArtAID with other local sponsors.  Proceeds come from ticket sales and a live and silent auction of art donated from local artists and collectors.  A fashion/variety show featured models showcasing fashions from local businesses Aspen Boutique, Section 37, and costumes, hair and makeup by Planet Hair.  Special guest choreographer, Joshua Carlson and dancer Jillian Smalley from Las Vegas, NV and dancers from Wichita’s Care to Dance, Park City Omega All-Stars, Skywalkers Gymnastics and National Elite Trampolinist Josh Wright amazed the crowd with high-flying dance numbers.  The evening ended with dancing, with music provided by The Naughty Astronauts in one of their final performances. Others supporting this year’s event were the Greteman Group – A Branding Agency, KMUW 89.1, The CW Kansas, 104.5 The Fox, and Bud Light.

            This event began in 1993 after Planet Hair co-owner Tod Ernst began volunteering to give haircuts to local HIV and AIDS patients.  Amazed at the success of the first ArtAID, which started with a few hors d’oeuvres and a little fashion show at a local nightclub, Planet Hair was urged to make it an annual event and more organizations have chipped in each year

Planet Hair, 504 East Douglas, is a full service salon located in the heart of Old Town.  Partners Tod Ernst and Graham Ross lead a team of 19 in providing a full range of services, including hair coloring, hair cuts, make-up, nail services, and hair extensions.