New ‘mohawk’ brings local hairstylist national acclaim

by Alan Hodge

Hairstylist Tameka Warren, right, puts the final touches on a haircut for Mike McKnight of Mount Holly while the Sport Clips at Northlake owner, Anne Marie O’Neill, looks on.

Hairstylist Tameka Warren says her job with Sport Clips Haircuts, 9821 Northlake Centre Parkway, gives her the freedom to excel, and the fact that she recently won a prestigious award at the company’s national convention “The Huddle” proves it.

The fifth-place honorable mention prize that Warren took home was earned by beating out 6,000 of the franchise’s stylists from more than 750 Sport Clips Haircuts stores nationwide. Warren had reached the national level contest by besting other Sport Clips Haircuts stylists from the company’s North Carolina and Southeast Regional levels.

Warren’s accepted her award in front of a crowd of 1,350 at the convention at the Marriot Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, on March 8.

Like the other top finalists, Warren had to craft her prize-winning hairstyle in 25 minutes on a live model in front of the audience. Judges described her hairdo as “a textured look designed to create a smooth flow on the sides with the vibe of a longer Mohawk.”

Warrens says the experience was a bit overwhelming.

“It didn’t register until everything was over,” Warren said of the event. “I looked out and saw a huge crowd. Some of the people in the audience had posters with my name on them.”

Warren’s winnings included $500, a pair of Andis clippers and a plaque. While she was at the San Antonio convention, Warren also received $100 spending money, as well as free travel and hotel accommodations.

Anne Marie O’Neill owns and manages the Sport Clips Haircuts store where Warren works and is proud of her employee.

“It’s wonderful,” O’Neill said. “It’s a real honor. Some of the stylists were nervous, but Tameka did great.”

At her post at O’Neill’s store, Warren was recently showcased her customer service and styling skills by putting the final touches on a hairdo for new client Mike McKnight of Mount Holly. McKnight’s reaction after looking in the mirror summed it up nicely.

“She did a very good job,” McKnight said. “I’ll definitely be back.”

According to master cosmetologist Warren, working as a hair stylist is a dream come true.

“I knew in the fifth grade that I wanted to do hair,” she said. “I used to do everyone’s hair in the neighborhood. Now, I’m getting paid doing what I love.”

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