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Kao USA Salon Division is thrilled to announce the 2018 Goldwell Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Semi-Finalists. For the competition, leading hair stylists from across the country submitted their entries for one of the three Categories – Creative Artist, New Talent Artist, and Partner Artist. Stylists were challenged to use the brand’s latest hair collection, ELEMENTAL for their inspiration and interpret it in their own style and look.

 In June, applicants were narrowed down to 15 Semi-Finalists (5 in each category), by a prestigious panel of industry experts including Modern Salon Beauty and Fashion Director, Maggie Mulhern, Hairbrained.me Co-Founder, Randy Taylor, Mark Garrison Salon owner and CEO, Mark Garrison, Kao USA Salon Division Vice President of Education, Sandra Humphries and Kao USA Salon Division Associate Director of Marketing, Angela Gardner Holmes.

 Following the Semi-Finals, a 2018 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Gold, Silver and Bronze winner in each of the three categories will be named by the Goldwell Hair Color Global judges’ panel in July. The Gold winners from each category will be invited to participate in the Color Zoom 2018 International Competition at Global Zoom. This dynamic live competition will take place in Toronto, Canada in September, allowing finalists from around the world to showcase their talent. Judges then decide which colorists will earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in the Global Creative Artist, Global New Talent Artist or Global Partner Artist categories.

Creative Semi-Finalists

Sophia Ance, Studio Sage, (Jacksonville, FL)

Ariel Bello, Aurelio Salon, (Toms River, NJ)

Hurst Butts, Volume ONE, (Pensacola, FL)

Chad Ehrhardt, Paul Rehder Salon, (Chicago, IL)

Randy Evans, The Collective, (Seattle, WA)

 New Talent Semi-Finalists

Alicia Capazzoli, Hair by Scott and Co., (Delray Beach, FL)

Elizabeth Edmondson, Volume ONE, (Pensacola, FL)

Deanna Filomena, Hair by Scott and Co., (Delray Beach, FL)

Cecilia Kerr, The Upper Hand Salon, (Houston, TX)

Sarah Peake, Volume ONE, (Pensacola, FL)

Partner Semi-Finalists

Linda Cabrera, Hair by Scott and Co., (Delray Beach, FL)

Natalie Cavagnuolo, Talie V Beauty, (Delray Beach, FL)

Odete DaSilva, Artistex Salon & Spa, (Westport, CT)

Johnny Kelly, Fringe Hair Studio, (Smithtown, NY)

Jeffrey Moffett, Moxie Blue Salon, (Philadelphia, PA)


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