Around Town: Change It Up Pop-Up Launches in Tysons

by Aaron Royce

Influencers and breast cancer advocates attended the Instagrammable, interactive hair styling exhibit. 

Hair Cuttery president Phil Horvath and founder Dennis Ratner (Photo by Daniel Swartz)

Interactive exhibits became all the art-business rage this year, and Hair Cuttery followed suit (and broke new ground) with the launch of the “first-ever interactive museum of hair stying” last week. Angie Goff, Anchyi Wei, Lauren Oshie and Carly Heitlinger co-hosted the Change It Up Pop-Up that overtook the ex-Bebe space in Tyson’s Corner Center.

Aiming to bring visitors a fun, artistic take on salons and hair styling, the VIP launch party featured a variety of colorful, Instagram-worthy settings-including a neon infinity room, blow dryer wind tunnel, styling salon (complete with prop wigs) and shampoo ball pit. Guests immersed themselves in the exhibit, snapping photos with free ring lights while sipping on drinks and sampling light appetizers from Design Cuisine.

Sanam and Layma Lodin (Photo by Daniel Swartz)

Guests also received free pink hair extensions courtesy of Hair Cuttery stylists. This styling expertly combined charity with its photo-worthy statements; for every extension, Hair Cuttery donated $25 to NewsBash and The Capital Breast Care Center.

“There hasn’t been anything like this before,” said Wei. “It was insanely creative and fun for all ages. Even better that it gives back to NewsBash and Capital Breast Care Center. I only wish it lasted longer so I could take my family there!”

Carly Heitlinger and Anchyi Wei (Photo by Daniel Swartz)

Among the attendees spotted were Hair Cuttery founder Dennis Ratner and COO Phil Horvath, fashion influencer Monling Lee and D.C. Fashion Fool’s Barnette Holston. Lifestyle bloggers Nicole Santa (The Narrative of Nic), Kate Harley (Brunch and Barbells), and Vanessa Scott (This Joyful Life) were also in attendance. The pop-up was free and open to the public through September 3.

Related Articles