Finalists of the hair braiding and styling competitions.
Competitions at this year’s International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, California saw dozens of new trends in hair styling, makeup application and nail artistry. Beauty students and seasoned professionals alike were put to the test. They wowed spectators and judges with their creativity, technical skill and passionate innovation in a wide variety of themed hair, nail and makeup competitions.
With cash prizes and professional accolades on the line, competitors rivaled to create stunning and original artworks using the mediums of hair, skin and nails.
Hair competition categories included three new categories – Coachella Themed Hair Braiding, Ladies Haircutting and A Night at the Club, LA style.
Hair Braiding – Professional Finalists (1st) Leti Jimenez (2nd) Merlande Petithomme (3rd) Antonio Mays
Hair Braiding – Student Finalists (1st) Precious Williams (2nd) Gracy Weiner (3rd) Charlotte Petite Noble
Ladies Haircutting – Professional Finalists (1st) Tatsuhiko Chiba (2nd) Norihisa Kimura (3rd) Tatiana Kovanska
Night at the Club – LA Style – Professional Finalists (1st) Daniel Buruian (2nd) Beatriz Silva (3rd) Monica Avila
Nail competition categories included Hand Painted Nail Art (Long Beach, California theme) and Mixed Media Nail Art (Magic Garden theme).
Makeup competition categories were focused on a Special Effects/Fantasy theme as well as Airbrush Artistry.
SPX/Fantasy Make-up Finalists (1st) Barbara Houston (2nd) Rosy Cabrera (3rd) Cinde Car
This year more categories were introduced to the growing Barber Battle, including Super Woman Fade & Style, Freestyle Design, Super Student, Original Tag Team Design, Fastest and Cleanest Fade.
Judging the mermaid nails competition.
Click here to check out photos of this year’s competitions.
Save the date for next year’s event! ISSE January 27-29, 2018
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