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Profile: Dan Csicsai of Salon Glo in Valencia has been nominated for the ‘Oscar’ of avant-garde hair

Posted: July 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dan Csicsai, co-owner of Salon Glo in Valencia, was recently nominated for an award to be presented by the Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstyling Awards.

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It’s not the type of hairstyling he does every day, but Dan Csicsai of Salon Glo enjoys the creative and challenging work of crafting unique and “over-the-top” hairstyles.

A platform artist for Matrix Logics, the company encouraged Csicsai to enter his work in the Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstyling Awards.

To Csicsai’s surprise he earned a final-five nomination in the avant garde category. It was Csicsai’s first time entering the competition.

“I’ve been told that it is unusual to earn a nomination the first time,” he said.

A total of 65 finalists in 13 categories were named out of the more than 700 entries by beauty professionals from across North America.

Entries were judged by a diverse group of leading international hairstylists and makeup artists from across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland. The entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

The winners will be announced during PBA Beauty Week at a ceremony to be held on July 31, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

“The one piece I did in the shape of a large ball took me  a week to make,” he said.

Csicsai said all of his hair sculptures were made from human hair. “It’s harder to use human hair rather then synthetic hair, which is allowed by the rules,” he said.

The nomination almost didn’t happen when two of Csicsai’s pieces were damaged during shipping to New York. The pieces were to be photographed for the official entry.

Special boxes were constructed to transport the hair, and more than $1,000 in shipping fees were paid, in the belief the pieces would arrive intact.

“I was so upset when I opened the boxes. I just closed the lid and called up the photographer and canceled the photo shoot,” he said.

Csicsai was encouraged to repair the hair pieces.

“It took me 14 hours to repair the pieces,” he said. “It was really stressful.”

In addition to his work as a stylist at Salon Glo in Valencia, which he opened with co-owner Rick Foster in August 2009, Csicsai travels extensively to work hair shows and other special events.

Csicsai began cutting his own hair in high school, his brother then asked him to cut his hair.

“I never looked at it as a career, it was just something I could do,” he said.

He was encouraged to become a hairdresser by his mother-in-law who worked in the beauty business.

“She took me on as an apprentice and after the first six months I realized I really liked it,” he said.

Csicsai began his career in hair in 1980, he has worked as a platform artist since 2000.

“I love what I do, and it is a tremendous honor to be in the running for this prestigious award,” said Csicsai. “Not only am I extremely passionate and devoted to my work, I am also inspired by my peers.”

Csicsai has been a Santa Clarita Valley resident since the fifth grade. “I remember when there were onion fields in the SCV,” he said.

Salon Glo, co-owned by Csicsai and Rick Foster, was opened in August 2009.

For information on Csicsai and Salon Glo call (661) 799-9300. Salon Glo, 23961 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia.


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