Announcing the Braids & Brides Top 10 Semifinalists!

Lauren Quick and Alison Alhamed | February 10, 2017 | 9:00 AM
Yulia Tyan
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Svitlana Vechera
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Stefanie Smith
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Shelley Gregory
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Saretta Bowerman
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Krystle Waivio
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Karina Kotok
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Jessica Tyransky
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Detra Smith
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Ashley Gillespie
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MODERN launched our Braids & Brides competition in January to promote special-occasion artistry and name one of YOU as the newest member of our exclusive 2017 Artist Collective (which includes @mustafaaavci, @blohaute, @heidimariegarrett and @annette_updo_artist).

After receiving thousands of entries since the contest’s launch, it was extremely difficult to narrow the pool of beautiful special-occasion styles down to 10. From twists, chignons, waves, buns, curls and texture, it wasn’t easy to judge this first round, but it certainly was beautiful!

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—Sebastian Professional, Kenra Professional, Olivia Garden, Grande Cosmetics and Color Wow. These pro beauty brands pulled out all the stops to gift this group with the goodies to help up their special-occasion business and create flawless, voluminous finishes.

But the semifinalists aren’t off the hook just yet—MODERN is challenging them to create their best braided styles. We want to see the most beautiful, glam, edgy, gorgeous braiding creations possible that will be sent off to judging by the best in the biz—MODERN’s 2017 Artist Collective!

Take a look and see who our semifinalists are, and stay tuned as they submit their best braid work for judging!

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 & Brides Giveaway—the winners go home with jaw-dropping loot.

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