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Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart Awards 10 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Advanced Scholarships

Ten hairstylists are taking their careers to the next level through a Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Advanced Scholarship. Imagined and generously funded by Wella’s Hairdresser’s at Heart program, the scholarship includes a five-day learning experience at a Vidal Sassoon Academy in North America. Introduced in 2013 as the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation’s first scholarship for licensed hairstylists, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Advanced Scholarship has helped 90 licensed hairstylists improve their craft and enhance their confidence. Each scholarship experience is valued at $4,850, including travel.    

Applicants in the Spring 2017 competition submitted videos expressing their passion for the beauty industry, sharing what inspires them, and describing how the gift of continuing education will help them change lives. Applicants’ videos may be viewed here. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart are honored to announce the Spring 2017 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Advanced Scholarship Competition winners.

Jacklin Blandin (Rockport, TX)

“You have to be willing to fail to succeed,” is a motto Jacklin credits with helping her take risks that have advanced her career. She also believes in the power of hairstylists to channel passion into the life-changing gift of confidence. “You have to trust the ability of your craft to change lives,” she says. “Then you have to study, perfect your skills and vow to keep getting better every day.”

Carrie Galyean (North Richland Hills, TX), Elixir Salon and Daymaker

A licensed pharmacist for 15 years, Carrie did not renew her license when it came up for renewal because she had found her passion after enrolling in beauty school. She is inspired by combining the technical skills of beauty with an artistic eye that allows a client’s inner beauty to show through. And as much as her previous career in pharmacy was about helping people feel better, Carrie says her grandmother modeled beauty’s ability to truly change how people feel, commenting, “As a makeup consultant, she helped clients look good, but feel beautiful.”

Denise Gascon (Austin, TX), Denise Lydia Hair at Blue Lions Salon Studios

“When the haircut is just right, the eyes light up too,” says Denise. She loves seeing the light in a client’s eyes after a haircut or color. Her video application showed her passion and talent for creating subtly blended color effects. Not one to rest on her laurels, Denise says, “I want to give my client more options by getting advanced education through Wella.”

Whitney Hunt (Bridgewater, NJ), Somerset County Technology Institute

As an assistant at Oscar Blondi Salon for seven years, Whitney is…

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