December 14, MODERN SALON and First Chair were given the tremendous honor to be a part of the Matrix judging panel that picked 2012's Spread the Love group. Each of the 20 finalists would have made an incredible addition to the team but, in the end, only six could be chosen.
Contestants had to launch a blog and gain followers, upload YouTube videos introducing themselves and answering questions, and get recommendation letters. Then, they had to submit essays about themselves and their path to beauty, and create a top 50 Wish List. Matrix whittled down hundreds and hundreds of entries down to 20 finalists, who were then flown to New York City to meet last year's STL group, and for an American Idol-style live audition in front of the panel of judges. After a very exciting/emotional/extremely challenging day of interviewing the 20 finalists, judges finally came to terms!
We are so excited for you to meet the members of 2012 Spread the Love!
These six recent beauty school graduates will share their journey of a lifetime as they travel state to state, salon to salon and event to event, exploring the country, connecting with stylists and learning the ins and outs of the professional beauty industry. Each week, the three teams of two will visit and work with different salons in different cities, attending beauty shows and taking in everything that makes the hairdressing industry incredible. They’ll learn new technical skills, salon business practices, and all the special ways salons touch their communities. … all in exchange for blogging and documenting their experience.
Phoenix, Arizona's Todd Kane has a life story peppered with passion, love and experience. A military veteran, he is strong, determined and has a unique perspective on life he wants to contribute to the Spread the Love team. Recently graduated from Kohler Academy, Todd has dreams of styling hair for a TV commerical or movie set. His favorite fashion icon is Tom Ford and, he says, his biggest fan is his daughter, Madi. Todd has a ton of energy, a great smile, and a strong desire to learn and contribute to everything the beauty industry has to offer.
Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Natalie Fox now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and recently graduated from Kohler Academy as well! In addition to finding her true passion in hairdressing, Natalie also has a background in journalism, which will help her enormously with documenting her experience on the road with Spread the Love. Her favorite fashion icon is Elizabeth Taylor because she's the "perfect combination of sass and class" --and, not surprisingly, so is Natalie!