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No need to hide the bride

Local salon steps up to tame tresses in time for wedding

May 18, 2006

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Thanks to help from stylist Chris Hayes at Fantasy Hair Salon, 1420 W. 23rd St., Lawrence bride Anita Arkeketa-James sported an elegant updo during her wedding ceremony on April 29, when she married her college sweetheart, Jesse James Jr. Arkeketa-James, 50, was featured in an April 17 Journal-World story that detailed her difficulties finding someone who could style her coarse, graying hair.

Thanks to help from stylist Chris Hayes at Fantasy Hair Salon, 1420 W. 23rd St., Lawrence bride Anita Arkeketa-James sported an elegant updo during her wedding ceremony on April 29, when she married her college sweetheart, Jesse James Jr. Arkeketa-James, 50, was featured in an April 17 Journal-World story that detailed her difficulties finding someone who could style her coarse, graying hair.

Just weeks ago, Anita Arkeketa-James was in full panic mode.

The 50-year-old bride-to-be was practically in tears trying to find a hairstyle for her big day. The problem was, her coarse, graying hair simply wouldn't hold a style. After a few unsuccessful visits to upscale stylists who informed her that her hair was hopeless - and a disastrous bridal show makeover that left her looking like Medusa - Arkeketa-James became desperate.

"There are days when you just wanna cut it all off, you know, be bald or something," she says.

But after a fortunate visit to Fantasy Hair Salon, 1420 W. 23rd St., just one week before her wedding, Arkeketa-James left crying. Only this time, the tears weren't out of disappointment.

Salon employees had spotted a story about Arkeketa-James' tress stress in the April 17 Journal-World and offered their services for free. She took them up on the offer, and stylist Chris Hayes transformed her unruly hair into an elegant, curly updo. He also colored Arkeketa-James' hair a deep chocolate with a semi-permanent rinse that infused the do with an extra dose of shine. Arkeketa-James loved the style so much she returned on April 29, her wedding day, to recreate it.

Lawrence bride Anita Arkeketa-James is shown with her husband, Jesse James Jr., on their wedding day. Stylist Chris Hayes at Fantasy Hair Salon, 1420 W. 23rd St., gave Anita an elegant hairstyle for the April 29 ceremony after reading about her wedding hairdo woes in the April 17 Journal-World.

Lawrence bride Anita Arkeketa-James is shown with her husband, Jesse James Jr., on their wedding day. Stylist Chris Hayes at Fantasy Hair Salon, 1420 W. 23rd St., gave Anita an elegant hairstyle for the April 29 ceremony after reading about her wedding hairdo woes in the April 17 Journal-World.

"It was beyond what I ever even imagined," Arkeketa-James says. "I felt like I looked 15 pounds lighter and 10 years younger. It's just amazing what she did."

Unlike Arkeketa-James' previous stylists, Hayes wasn't intimidated by her client's hair and knew immediately what to do with it.

"As soon as she sat down, I kind of looked at her like, 'How come nobody can seem to do this?' I mean, she just had a little bit of gray," Hayes says. "It all started coming together. She was in here for two hours and left here in tears and was just so happy."

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Later that day, with her hair perfectly coiffed and her confidence restored, Arkeketa-James married her college sweetheart, Jesse James Jr. Finally, she says, her hair matched her happiness.

"I was very proud to walk down the aisle and hold my head way up high," she says. "I was very confident and very happy, and I felt so beautiful. I really felt like I looked how I felt."

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yellowhouse 9 years ago

What we do for ourselves alone with us dies, But we have done for others is where our immortality lies!

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