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Local salon owner and Los Angeles beauty blogger team up to teach area teen girls surprise lesson

January 18, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

It's J-Term for Spirit Lake and Okoboji High Schools, and over a dozen girls opted for the course at Faust Cosmetology in Spirit Lake, taught by Stephanie Egeland, owner of Shear Magic Salon in Estherville.

Beyond teaching hairstyle updos, makeup application and more for the course, Egeland showed the viral video, viewed over 7 million times, of 21-year-old noted beauty blogger Hannah Forcier. The class made its own video, which they posted in the comments on Hannah's YouTube video.

Monday, Hannah boarded a plane from Los Angeles to visit the class in Iowa. She waited in an office as the students assembled for class.

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"I did want to take time out to contact the kids who watched my videosso now I'm really excited to meet them," Hannah said.

Hannah experienced something far beyond a bad hair day, something that she thought would alter her identity, which launched the video and landed her in Cosmopolitan and Allure magazines, and on The Doctors show.

Back in October, Hannah did a relaxer process on her then-bleached hair, and it caused her hair to fall out.

"The shower drain wasn't draining anymore. I couldn't move my feet without getting hair all over my legs," Forcier said.

She was in her apartment with her best friend, Dana, when it happened. She ran out of the bathroom in a towel, and Dana looked at her.

Dana couldn't speak at first.

Dana told Hannah to get back in the shower and make sure all the product was rinsed out.

Hannah flipped the mirrors around, unable at first to take in what had happened. The two went to the salon, hoping someone could do extensions or something.

Ultimately, they shaved Hannah's head.

"They tried to save what hair they could, and gave me kind of a Mohawk. I tried to see it as edgy or cool, but it wasn't me."

After a Facetime call with her mother, Hannah went back to the salon and told them to shave it all so she could start over.

Hannah made a video Oct. 14 in a black hoodie, telling her audience what had happened; she dropped the hood, revealing her shorn head.

It was her vulnerability on this video that the members of Egeland's class related to, and felt compelled to respond with their own.

"Beauty is so from the inside, so much, and I was so caught upwhile trying to brand myself as someone with blonde hair and all this makeup and fake nails and all these crazy outfits, that if you take that away, I still have a personality," Hannah said.

"Now I can really tell, especially young women, the makeup, the hair, the clothing, it's fun, but it shouldn't be a crutch," Hannah said.

Hannah added, "I was trying to find myself by trying by trying to become something different."

After the experience of losing her hair and sporting a very close crop while her now brunette locks grow back in, Hannah said, "I feel like I can be funnier. I didn't lose my identity. You shouldn't use makeup as a substitute for personality."

Egeland said, "This class wasn't just about hair and makeup, but about something much more important."



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