Close to 400 stylists were competing to be THE ONE, the artist to enjoy a six month mentorship by famed stylist ORIBE. This past Monday Oribe Hair Care co-founder Oribe walked the floor of the Hands-On Workshop (the conclusion of ORIBE Backstage LaFama) and decided that Kevin Green, an assistant at Luigi Bruni Salon in Birmingham, MI, is THE ONE.

“There were so many talented stylists, so this was such a difficult decision,” Oribe explained. “But Kevin caught my attention with both the look he created and his way. There’s something special about him.”

The inspiration for the competition was mythological Latin creature the Chupacabra. While some attendees created gravity-defying, intricate or over-the-top looks (all of which were heralded by Oribe), Green went with something simple…and added an unexpected touch: a small, airy pouf on the top of the head that contrasted the slick pointed shape of the style. The pouf’s texure was inspired by hair from the Oribe Hair Care-sponsored Skaist-Taylor Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show.

“I went into THE ONE looking for a sparkle, and what I found was a fuzzball!” Oribe said.

Green, 23, has been assiting Luigi Bruni for two years after graduating from cosmetology school in Michigan. According to Bruni, the talented young stylist will be getting his own chair in December.

“Kevin is creative, spontaneous, fashion-obsessed, passionate about hair and an overall beautiful person,” said Bruni, Green’s current mentor. “He’s so amazing with clients that I have no problem having him take over if I can’t see someone. People gravitate toward him in the salon…and clearly Oribe felt that!”

Green received a full kit with tools and products and a bag of hair DVDs hand selected by Oribe. The mentoring program, with regular phone calls and in-person meetings, photo shoots and more, will begin immediately. Modern is thrilled to invite Oribe and Green to our New York studios for a photo shoot this fall.

“I’m excited to just be in Oribe’s presence,” Green said. “I wanted to be THE ONE so I could turn my passion for hair into greatness…just like Oribe did. This is going to be a life-changing experience, and I want to learn everything!”

Check out these 2 videos, the first as Modern follows Oribe on the floor as he looks for THE ONE and the second, an "overview" interview with Oribe CMO Dan Langer.