Announcing the 2015 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists

The Goldwell Hair Color team is thrilled to announce the 2015 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists. Hundreds of applicants nationwide entered for the opportunity to be selected this year’s Color Zoom Global Creative Colorist, Global New Talent Colorist, and Global Partner Colorist winners. Contestants were challenged to bring their creativity to life, interpreting this year’s Traditional Rebels trend and color collection, a celebration of stunning color combinations and tribal influences.

Tasked to create unexpected elegance with fashion inspired looks that blend harmony & disharmony, contestants were judged by an esteemed panel of experts composed of: Vice President of Education, Salon, for Kao USA Inc. Sandra Humphries, Senior Editorial Consultant of Behind the Chair Jackie Summers, Celebrity Colorist Guy Tang, top stylist and owner of Arrojo Studio Nick Arrojo, and Beauty and Fashion Director of Modern Salon Maggie Mulhern. This prestigious panel curated this year’s roster of talented entrants and ultimately selected five standout colorists in each category as the U.S. Semi-Finalists.

Following this round, a 2015 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Gold, Silver and Bronze winner in each of the three categories will be named by the Goldwell Hair Color Global judges’ panel in Darmstadt, Germany. The Gold winners from each category will be invited to participate in the Color Zoom 2015 International Competition. This exciting live competition will take place at Global Zoom in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, allowing finalists from around the world to showcase their talent. Judges then will decide which colorists will earn the titles of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal Winners in the Global Creative Colorist, Global New Talent Colorist or Global Partner Colorist categories. The Gold Medal Winners will get the coveted role in helping create the next fashion forward Color Zoom color collection. Please join us in congratulating this year’s talented 2015 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists:


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Creative Semi-Finalists

Darnell Wold, Power Room D, Brooklyn, NY

Jessica Davis, Cortello Salon, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Thu Vo, AJF Salon, Sacramento, CA

Leslie Cook, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

Harley Lobasso, Hair by Scott & Company, Delray Beach, FL

 New Talent Semi-Finalists

Samantha Conley, Cortello Salon, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Kate Adams, Shearious Hair Salon, Atlanta, GA

Karen Neira, Di Rosa Hair Care, Franklin Square, NY

Alicia Capazzoli, Hair by Scott & Company, Delray Beach, FL

Sharie Valcin, TRIO Salon, Ltd., Chicago, IL

Partner Semi-Finalists

Darren Reitberg, Salon DARIN, Monroe, CT

Sara Pinckney, Mitler and Mane, Mill Valley, CA

Corrine Brown, Salon Circa, Seattle, WA

Nicholas Moore-Perez, GLITZ NXT Orion Charter, Township, MI

Daniel Rubin, TRIO Salon, Ltd., Chicago, IL 

About: Kao USA Inc. Salon Division (“Kao Salon Division”) is a business division of Kao USA Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation.  Kao Salon Division is a thought and trend leader in the professional hair care industry as well as the home of the Goldwell and KMS California brands. The mission of Kao Salon Division is to enrich the lives of stylists, salon owners and their clients through partnership, salon business growth and our salon exclusive portfolio of advanced services, innovative products and inspiring education.