Ashley Leoncini
Ashley Leoncini

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@phillyhair
Trae Howard
Trae Howard

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Svitlana Vechera
Svitlana Vechera

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@vecherahair
Shelby Weatherholtz
Shelby Weatherholtz

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Sara Ortega
Sara Ortega

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Caidy Brasure
Caidy Brasure

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@caidy_caidymariebeauty
Anaa Khan
Anaa Khan

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@hairbyanaak
Natalie Thomas
Natalie Thomas

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Melanie Sorrow
Melanie Sorrow

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@melaniesorrowhair
Jessica Domoney
Jessica Domoney

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Ashley Leoncini

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Trae Howard

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Sara Ortega
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Caidy Brasure
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Caidy Brasure

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Anaa Khan
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Anaa Khan

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Natalie Thomas
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After receiving countless entries since the launch of our Braids and Brides contest, it was extremely difficult to narrow entries down to 10! From updos, chignons, braids, beautiful buns and finger waves, we certainly saw some beautiful work.

This group of 10 semifinalists not only earn major bragging rights, but they also receive incredible prizes, including a gift box packed with goodies (we’re not kidding, it’s PACKED) from some of our favorites—Ulta, Moroccanoil and Goldwell!

These pro beauty brands pulled out all the stops to gift this group with the goodies to help up their styling business and create polished, picture-perfect finishes.

But the semifinalists aren’t off the hook just yet—MODERN is challenging them to create braid-based special-occasion look by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 8. Entries will be judged by the MODERN SALON Artist Connective, including Amanda Jean Kimball (@amandajeank), Diana Giannini (@lzhouseofhair), Galyna Poczciwinski (@ufirami), Krystle Waivio (@krystlewaiviohair) and Saretta Bowerman (@hairbysaretta).

Congratulations to our semifinalists:

Trae Howard

Svitlana Vechera

Shelby Weatherholtz

Sara Ortega

Caidy Brasure

Ashley Leoncini

Anaa Khan

Natalie Thomas

Jessica Domoney

Melanie Sorrow

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! You can still hang with these guys AND get the chance to win some of the amazing prizes they’re snagging by entering our Braids and Brides giveaway—the winners go home with jaw-dropping loot.