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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Hair expo part of a billion dollar industry

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hair is big business to the tune of billions of dollars each year in styling, products sold and education.

Sunday stylists from around the country were in Jackson learning the cutting edge in hair fashion, during the Mississippi International Hair Show and Expo.

Inside the Mississippi Trade Mart stylists, barbers, artist and professionals demonstrated the latest in hair design.

The expo is a two day multi-cultural educational session offering students and professional stylists the newest creative looks.

Men are a large part of this major money making industry spending on average about $1,500.00 a year alone on haircuts, shaves and waxing.

"We've got vendors. We've got a lot of people coming in. Something that's just good for the state of Mississippi," said Jackson barber Chris Paige.

He pointed out custom cuts and spray painted fantasy hair designs that are the newest trends.

Paige also teaches classes on grants, commercials and advertising.

"This is good for anybody that's in the hair industry whether if you're in weaves, hair cutting, designs. It's for everyone. You want to further your education after you finish so this is continuing education for all the stylists that are already licensed," said Paige.

Nearly 50 vendors offering everything from cuts, to coloring, wigs and weaves took part.

Fourteen classes are being offered on everything from hair coloring to nail care, makeup and overall cosmetology.

"The general public can come in and be educated, interact with some of the vendors, learn new ideas, techniques and resources for the industry. They can actually get hands on training from different artists and educators from around the country," said MS International Hair Show and Expo Director of Operations Jerry Bond.

Representatives from the Mississippi Cosmetology Board and Board of Barber Examiners were also on site.

Salon owners and artists came from as far away as L.A., Atlanta, Dallas and Houston, cater to African American, Caucasian and Korean hair.

The hair show and expo continues Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost is $30.00 for students and $40.00 for professionals and the general public.

WLBT's Cheryl Lasseter hosted Sunday's event.

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