In Amika’s Destination NYFW competition, competitors are asked to style a runway-ready hair look inspired by your favorite designer for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the ultimate Fashion Week experience.

Q: What can stylists gain from an experience working backstage at Fashion Week?

A: “Hair and fashion go hand in hand, so experience in the fashion industry will absolutely benefit a stylist’s career,” says Naeemah LaFond, Amika National Pro Education Manager. “Not only will you make connections that can lead to many opportunities, but you’re adding a credible experience to your resume that increases your likelihood of being considered for future work. You will interact with other stylists, make-up artists, and even editors, which can lead to offers for styling celebrities as well as photo shoots. All women want to be at the cusp of what is current in beauty and fashion. Your experience gives your clients the confidence in knowing you are a stylist who understands the connection between beauty and fashion, and are well informed about the latest looks and trends. If you ever are given the chance to experience Fashion Week, take it. It may seem intimidating and chaotic—and it is—but there really is no other experience like it!”

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