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We all know that MTV is in the business of making rock star dreams come true. But in Colorado Springs?

A few weeks ago, producers for "Made" were looking to help a Cañon City High School student perfect her look for her band's upcoming performance. They went to Johnny Graves' Accents Salon to rock out her hairstyle and, if there was time, to jam.

The treatment? Some strategic hair snipping and electric-blue coloring. Stylists at the downtown salon were happy to oblige.

"It was all really spontaneous," says Graves, who himself plays around town with his band, the blues-rock outfit Johnny Graves and the Blue Waves. "I told them I could set up my guitars around the salon to add to the whole atmosphere."

MTV is keeping mum on the girl's identity, so as not to blow her cover before the big show. In fact, our photographer was able only to snap a few shots before being escorted to the door. Her "Made" makeover will be aired sometime in January.

Graves was tapped by MTV only a week or so before taping, but no worries. A few of his electric guitars went up on the walls, and the South Sierra Madre Street salon was ready for its cable TV close-up.

MTV tapped a number of local salons for the job, but Accents stood out as the obvious choice because of its rock savvy. "This is great exposure for us, and it was a lot of fun helping this girl out," says Graves.

He even got a chance to break out his cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Stone Free" for the newly christened -- if so far, unidentified -- avatar of rock.

-- Eric Phillips

Photo by Rick Gorham

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