P&G Salon Professional Announces Finalists for Student Stylist Competition

The inaugural P&G Salon Professional Student Stylist Competition now has its finalists, and the lucky students from nine cosmetology schools across the country will compete at America's Beauty Show in Chicago on Monday, March 14 at 1pm in booth 2214. The first place winner in each of the three categories—Wella Professionals, Clairol Professional and Sebastian Professional—will take home $1,000, a PGSP Stylist Kit and education classes from The Sassoon Academy and P&G Salon Professional. Each finalist sent in a photo of their interpretation of a pre-selected look from the P&G Salon Portfolio and listed their inspiration and, if the look involved color, the formulas used to achieve it. During the live competition, they will recreate their submission and be judged not just on the hairstyling, but the overall look, including makeup, wardrobe, color technique (when applicable), application, placement and result.

“What started out as a competition for students has turned out to be an incredible body of work from some of the most talented students in the U.S.," says Fabio Sementilli, creative director for P&G Salon Professional. "We are all inspired by the quality of work, passion and drive from our future generation. The finals on stage at ABS will be momentous. Congratulations to all the finalists, the industry awaits you!”

And the finalists are:

Wella Professionals

Dorothy Hartman- La James International: Fort Dodge, IA

Kaylee McGuigan- The Salon Professional Academy: Anderson, IN

Carrie Bailon McDonald- Frederico Beauty Institute: Sacramento, CA

Amanda Argenta- Capri College: Cedar Rapids, IA

Arial Hunt- Bellus Academy: Poway, CA

Katheryn Hornick- Aveda Institute of Minneapolis, MN

Danielle Lynch- Bellus Academy: Poway, CA

Sebastian Professional

Ashley Hodges- The Salon Professional Academy: Anderson, IN

Jessica Rogers- Bellus Academy: Poway, CA

Denise Valdez- Bellus Academy: Poway, CA

Brooke Harper- Roger’s Hair Academy: Evansville, IN

Dereck Hilsabeck- La’ James International: Johnston, IA

Morgan Lynne Petty- Honors Beauty College: Indianapolis, IN

Clairol Professional

Patricia Lung – Vogue Beauty School, IN

Chris Coleman – Capri Beauty School, IL

Tracie ArmourAdetunji – Capri Beauty School, IL

Mike Andioris – Capri Beauty School, IL

Gabrielle Lejeciz – Capri Beauty School, IL

Claire Latronica – Capri Beauty School, IL