Millennium's Winners of The Experience Hair Show: See the Work!

By Alison Alhamed | 05/22/2012 2:11:00 PM


THE EVENT: June 24 will welcome hundreds of salon owners, stylists, front desk staff and decision makers to the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida, for The ExperienceMillennium Software's annual user group conference.

THE SCOOP: “This conference will reflect on Millennium's 25-year history in the industry and the drive it took to get here—and it's important to remember the beginning," says Jennifer Martinelli, Millennium’s Marketing and Advertising Manager. To reflect back on where it all starts, Millennium reached out to local cosmetology schools for students to enter The Experience Hair Show Contest.

THE DETAILS: Partner up! Student stylists and make-up artists joined forces to create a modern '80s look on a model. Then, they had to snap a photo finish to be judged by Jason De La Torre, a Wella educator and platform artist of Flaunt Sessions advanced academy, and Alison Shipley, Editor of First Chair and MODERN SALON.

THE PRIZE: 10 teams of outstanding cosmetology students get to participate in a live runway show during the event under the creative direction of De La Torre, and Robert Cromeans, Global Creative Director of Paul Mitchell. Each team (some are doing hair and make-up, some have partnered up—based on submission) creates a head-to-toe modernized '80s look while incorporating a modern trend.

Each team will receive $100 toward creating their look—this can be used for wardrobe, accessories, etc. The goal is to be creative. Additionally, the students get to attend classes offered during The Experience—including classes taught by Tabatha Coffey, Ted Gibson, Cromeans and Matt Beck.

“These young professionals radiate so much passion, fight and drive that it brings us all back to that fresh start," Martinelli says. "Reminding us, yet again, why we love what we do. It’s truly an honor to be showcasing students.”



Kristina Cedrone

Ft. Myers Paul Mitchell The School

Jamie Haelterman

Ft. Myers Paul Mitchell The School

Elizabeth Culley, Michele Le

Paul Mitchell The School Tampa

Blaire Daniel

Paul Mitchell The School Tampa

Nelson Viera, Mary Herrera

Hi-Tech Paul Mitchell Partner School

Amanda Alard, Stephanie Michelle Arronte 

Hi-Tech Paul Mitchell Partner School

Raquel Levy, Mary Masarik

Kaizen Beauty Academy

Kari Yopp, Lucy Antill

Kaizen Beauty Academy

Gianny Alvarez, Denise Ruiz

Kaizen Beauty Academy

Nadia Alloul, Melissa Serrano

Kaizen Beauty Academy






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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