What's green, glittery and held in place by nearly an entire can of hair spray?

The Whoville Hairdos, made by cosmetology students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, are even more elaborate than in previous years. Students decorated mannequins' hairstyles to resemble those worn by Whoville characters in the movie and book, "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas."


On Wednesday, the students were working hard on the annual holiday project, which instructor Wendy Litchfield first assigned in 2012. Teachers and salon industry professionals have been invited to judge the work on Friday, when the students will receive their grades and winners will be picked.

"They just used a ton of imagination and creativity. Every year, I see something different," Litchfield said. "If they ever want to work at the Hippodrome [Theatre in Baltimore] or places like that, they're going to want more eccentric hairdos."

The students began working on their projects Dec. 3 and watched "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey, for inspiration.

Litchfield said while other assignments have restrictions such as only using bobby pins or hair spray, the Whoville Hairdos project allows students the chance to create any look they want using whatever material they want.

"It's something fun to do around the holidays," she said. "This is the only thing they can go wild with. We've got so much to teach them in such a small amount of time."

Materials such as garland and glitter lined the tables of the cosmetology classroom Wednesday.

"Every year, we probably spend $100 just in glitter," Litchfield said. "I've had students ask, 'Can we do this at Halloween and Easter time?' but we only have so much money for glitter."

Glitter was a favorite embellishment among the students.

Kristina Bailey used it on her hairdo, which also included braids, garland and a "Ho-Ho-Ho" sign.

"I let my creativity show," she said. "I came up with different ideas. I'm really into braids, so I incorporated some braids in there. I'm a glitter fanatic, so I had to add glitter. I'm a very outgoing person, so I had to make it as festive as possible."

Destiny Dorsey also used glitter on her creation: a green Grinch who wears his own set of fake lashes.

"Apparently, I'm the first one to ever do the Grinch," Dorsey said. "I thought it would be a no-brainer."

Some students opted to design their hairdos to resemble popular Christmas staples.

Summer Altman styled the hair on her mannequin into a glittery Santa hat.


"I wanted to do something original for Christmas and unique for Whoville," Altman said. "I looked up some past pictures, and no one did a Santa hat, so I decided I was going to do a Santa hat."

Amanda Morris coiffed her mannequin's mane into a Christmas tree equipped with lights.

"I watched the movie with my dad, and we were putting up our tree while watching it, so that gave me the idea," Morris said. "A lot of people did Christmas trees, but nobody did lights so I took it up a notch and got them for a dollar. I thought a Whovian would do that."

The students will keep working on their assignments until Friday afternoon, when their parents can come view the hairdos and judges will choose the winners.

Teachers and stylists will judge the hairdos, and winners will receive prizes donated by beauty suppliers.

"All the teachers in the school look forward to judging it because it's fun," Litchfield said.

Reach Sarah Hainesworth at 410-857-7873 or email sahainesworth@tribune.com.