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Perhaps inspiration for Lawndale Art Center's Hair Ball revival could come from Hairspray. Photo by Kirk R Tuck
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With Ed Jones, Lynn Wyatt steps out in rollers for an Alley Theatre fundraiser, a great Hair Ball look.  Ed Jones, Lynn Wyatt Photo by Gary Fountain
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The Art Car Parade inspired this veggie coif, well suited for Lawndale's Hair Ball. Photo by Paul Sedillo
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Recording artist Teyana Taylor knows a thing or two about creative coifs. Photo via Right Up Your Aly
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Ah, Phil Spector and his woolly mane would fit right in with the Lawndale fundraiser. Courtesy of Courtesy photo
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Flamingo hair? Why not? Good enough for the Art Car Parade, good enough for the Hair Ball. Photo by Jeremy Keas
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"The higher the hair, the closer to God." Lawndale Art Center's tongue-in-cheek adage lives again on Jan. 25 when the popular Hair Ball concept comes out of mothballs and transforms the non-profit's Museum District headquarters into big hair central.

Initiated in 1993, the cleverly-themed fundraiser has been on a hiatus since 2005. But it rolls back into action with chairs, also known as Big Wigs, Jenny Staff Johnson and Mark Johnson. And the fun is on with guests guaranteed to show up in zany, creative and towering coifs.

Through the years, the wacky Hair Ball has garnered national attention, having been heralded as one of "The Best Parties in America" by People magazine and featured on The Oprah Winfrey ShowGood Morning America and in the Los Angeles Times and InStyle magazine.

The 2014 event will revive the Parade of Hair in which guests vote on their faves. Colossal coifs and elaborate hair sculptures (anyone recall the super-sized, rotating can of Aqua Net?) will rule the runway.

Beyond the hair on parade and wildly fun people-watching, guests will be treated to party fare by Culinaire Inspired Events & Cuisine, desserts from Central Market and wines from Australia's Rathbone Wine Group.

Tickets start at $250 per person and are available at the Lawndale website.

How fun is this party going to be? Just consider the host committee — Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, James Glassman, Victoria and Marshal Lightman, Melissa Grobmyer, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Julie and Seth Barrett, Kate McConnico and loads more.

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