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A local Gilroy hair stylist was named runner-up Thursday in the
Bridal Hair category against eight professionals in the final round
of the Bay Bella Bridal Best of the Bay 2010.
A local Gilroy hair stylist was named runner-up Thursday in the Bridal Hair category against eight professionals in the final round of the Bay Bella Bridal Best of the Bay 2010.

Stephanie Jones – a 24- year-old Gilroy High School graduate who currently works at Hello Gorgeous Salon at 8080 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy – won “best bridal stylist” of Santa Clara County in the semifinal rounds that took place Oct. 29, and subsequently advanced to the final rounds at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Hello Gorgeous owner Kristen Soseman said even though Jones came in second, she received considerable attention from spectators and fans to rival that of the winner.

“I am so proud of her it’s oozing out of me,” said Soseman.

Soseman said Jones has a knack for working in high-stress environments, particularly on prom, wedding and special event days. She said Jones’ passion lies with special occasion styling and channeling a classic look.

“Her energy feeds on it,” said Soseman. “Prom was her favorite day of work here. She likes to take it on.”

Jones acquired her trade through a grueling five-year apprenticeship program, and has worked for Hello Gorgeous since summer 2009 where she’s banked more than 200 up-dos for wedding clients at the salon.

The contest was sponsored by Bay Bella Publishing in Oakland, and pitted Jones against finalists from San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo and Napa counties. The panel of celebrity judges included Ken Paves, the hairstylist who gained fame as longtime provider of singer Jessica Simpson’s widely envied golden locks.

Jones was selected from a pool of 3,300 submissions after a photo of her work was submitted anonymously to the contest. From there, judges whittled contestants to a group of 60, with semifinalists snipped to a narrow sliver of nine.

During semi-finals Soseman recalled judges were not only impressed by Jones’ romantic up-do, but were dually charmed by the stylists’ eloquent responses to a verbal query, which included questions about setting up consultations, building a certain style and handling the hassles of hair logistics on a wedding day.

“She’s my little shining star,” said Soseman. “This is just the beginning.”

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