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Students Sweep Barristar Hair Show Competition

April ’13

Teams from the Salon Success Academy Fontana campus swept the Barristar Hair Show Student Team Competition at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 8th. One team placed first place overall, as well as first place in the hair and makeup categories, and a second team of students placed third overall, as well as second place in makeup and third place in nails.

Ms. Brandy with students from both teams that competed in the Barristar Hair Show Competition

Both teams were guided by their instructor, Ms. Brandy Edwards, who actually competed in the hair show six years earlier as a cosmetology student. Because of her experience, Ms. Brandy knew first-hand how to best prepare the students and what a valuable learning tool this competition would be for them.

“When you graduate from cosmetology school, most jobs require you to audition in order to become a stylist. Competing helps the students get used to being watched and critiqued. It gives them the confidence they need for their future job search,” Ms. Brandy said.

Ms. Brandy handpicked two teams of cosmetology students to compete at the hair show who were interested in competing and extremely talented. They collaborated together to determine an overall theme for their look at the competition.

Maria and Maggie styling makeup for models Nicole and Jazmine. Photo courtesy of Shonny Annette of JMP Artistry.Team 1 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme:

Vanessa Hernandez, hair
Brenda Fernandez, nails
Maria Ramirez, makeup
Nicole Kasner, model

Team 2 – Pink Flamingo theme:

Herminia Cuevas, makeup and hair
Maria Ramirez, nails
Jazmine Lopez, model

Leading up to the competition, the students practiced nonstop, drilling between taking clients on the clinic floor and at home on their spare time. They also organized various fundraisers in order to raise money to purchase the supplies they needed for the competition. Not only did they have to stock their kits, but they also had to purchase shoes, clothes, and jewelry to complete their model’s finished look.

Nicole, model for Breakfast at Tifanny's theme. Photo courtesy of Shonny Annette of JMP Artistry. The day of the competition, Ms. Brandy and her students drove to Anaheim in the early morning and started practicing in a hotel room. Once the competition began, each team had 90 minutes to style their model’s final look, 30 minutes for each section, before it was turned over to the panel of judges to be critiqued.

The first team’s look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. They styled their model’s updo and makeup just like Audrey’s was styled in the movie. Nicole’s long, spiky nails were painted Tiffany’s blue with one nail designed to look like a Tiffany’s jewelry box.

Jazmine, model for Pink Flamingo theme. Photo courtesy of Shonny Annette of JMP Artistry. “One of the judges told me that he loved my updo. He’s a world champion hair stylist, so for him to say that made me feel really good,” Vanessa said, who styled Nicole’s updo.

The second team styled their model’s pink and black hair in a sleek updo to match their Pink Flamingo theme. Jazmine’s eyeshadow colors resembled a pink sunset with her manicure painted to match. Flamingos and sail boats were also hand painted on each one of her nails.

The prestigious panel of judges awarded the first place prize to the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ look styled by Team 1. They were also awarded first place for Vanessa’s updo and first place for Maria’s makeup. Team 2’s Pink Flamingo look was awarded third place overall, along with second place for Herminia’s makeup, and third place for Maria’s manicure.

Vanessa styling Nicole's updo. Photo courtesy of Shonny Annette of JMP Artistry.

“I’m very proud of our students’ achievements. It took true dedication and talent for them to place at the Barristar Hair Show, as well as great guidance from their instructor, Ms. Brandy. These awards go to show that we have the most talented instructors and students in the whole state of California here at Salon Success Academy,” Bob Gross, the school’s owner, said.

All photos courtesy of Shonny Annette of JMP Artistry.


Ms. Brandy helping our Fontana campus raise money for the Relay for Life by making cotton candy!Help Us Raise $5,000 For The Relay For Life

Salon Success Academy is once again participating in this year’s Relay for Life in Rancho Cucamonga. We’re trying to raise $5,000 for the “Cut Out Cancer with Salon Success Academy” relay team for the day-long event on June 1. We’ll be selling bracelets, pins, drinks, and snacks in order to raise money, as well as holding various fundraisers at our five campuses. You can also donate money on the team’s website.

Please help us reach our goal of $5,000. All of the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society to fund research to find a cure for cancer and supply treatment for cancer patients. This is the fourth year in a row that Salon Success Academy has organized a relay team. Our students and staff have helped raise over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society since we first began.


Congratulations to Our New Student Ambassadors!

Student Ambassadors are an important part of the Salon Success Academy family. They’re a group of our most outstanding students, who are leaders in their school and in their local community. They assist with school tours, new student orientations, charity events, student competitions, and much more!

New students must audition to be accepted into the Student Ambassador Program. Congratulations to the 9 new students who have been accepted into the program:

Katherine Miranda
Katie Dobbs
Carlos Vaquerano
Thomas Perea II
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Alexis Alvino
Marinna Griego
Alex Campbell
Hayley Fouke


About Salon Success Academies

Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California’s Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.

For more information go to www.gotobeautyschool.com or call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247).



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