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From Horror Show to Awards Show: Germantown Woman Wins Worldwide Hair Stylist Award



It started with a horror show. There were freaks in the forest running around with weapons scaring people. It was horrifying, and Madison Pizer was in the thick of it. She knew who the monsters in the woods were; she knew when they would strike.

She did their makeup.

Last month, 23-year-old Madison Pizer won the Student of Year Award at the biggest trade show for hair stylists in the world, but her journey to hair stylist stardom started in the woods in Dickerson “styling” the monsters and scary denizens of Markoff’s Haunted Forest.

“I got into the hair business because I started doing special effects makeup for Markoff’s Haunted Forest. I got into that and wanted to be licensed in hair and makeup, and that is why I enrolled in Hair school.”


Pizer, who grew up in Germantown and attended Poolesville High School, is currently a student at The TEMPLE: A Paul Mitchell Partner Cosmetology School in Frederick, and last month she won the HotShot Student Award at the annual Behind the Chai