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BREAKING NEWS: Winners of Wella Professionals North American TrendVision Awards Announced in Las Vegas

Anne Moratto | July 16, 2018 | 4:15 PM
COLOR VISION USA: Gold: Emma Hancock, Moriah Brandons Salon, Altamonte Springs, FL
Photo By Anne Moratto

Tonight in Las Vegas, some talented hairdressers hit it big. Onstage inside the Forum Ballroom in Caesar's Palace, the winners of the Wella Professionals 2018 North American TrendVision Awards (NATVA) were announced.  One of professional beauty's most exciting and inspiring events, the Gold winners of their categories will be competing in the global challenge, representing North America, at the International TrendVision Awards.

Learn more about the TrendVision Awards here.

The 37 finalists from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, all submitted stunning work to the photo competition, earning them their place onstage in Vegas. But the judges have spoken and the winners are...


  • Gold: Edison Lu, &Hair Lounge, New York, NY
  • Silver: London Michalske, Mario Nico Salon, New York, NY
  • Bronze: Brianca Liggins, Mario Tricoci, Vernon Hills, IL



  • Gold: Robert Rella, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, CA
  • Silver: Cristina Prioletta, Stephan W Atelier, Montreal, QC
  • Bronze: Adriana Dicintio, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, CA



  • Gold: Jaileen Vélez Huertas, Modern Hairstyling Institute, Bayamón, PR
  • Silver: Emmanuel Torres Gratacós, Manuel Gratacos Salon, Villalba, PR
  • Bronze: Natalia Nieves, Pete Cardon Salon, Guaynabo, PR



  • Gold: Emma Hancock, Moriah Brandons Salon, Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Silver: Taylor Roles, Bijin Salon and Spa, Prairie Village, KS
  • Bronze: Jamie Gonzales, Union South Salon, Pasadena, CA



  • Gold: Daniel Grieco, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, ON
  • Silver: Frank Dicinto, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, ON
  • Bronze: Veronica Tadros, The Strand, Waterloo, ON



  • Gold: Rafael Ortiz Cotto, Rafael Ortiz Salon Academy, Caguas, PR
  • Silver: Carol Mojica, Carol Moijca Beauty Expert, Caguas, PR
  • Bronze: Ramon Luis Torres Castro, Saline Salon, San Juan, PR



  • Gold: Julissa Alonzo Blanco, Modern Hairstyling Institute, Bayamon, PR
  • Silver: John Michael Burgos Mejías, Modern Hairstyling Institute, Bayamon, PR
  • Bronze: Taylor Alexander, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails, Stafford, TX


This year, Wella Professionals hosted the Journey to the Stage Challenge: an open call to all Wella family artists to win an opportunity to present at the 2018 North American TrendVision Awards. Wella selected three teams from across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico to present their talent on our stage. Artists created and named their team, and submitted a presentation proposal based on the theme: New Beginnings: Exploring the Pure Art Form of Hair: Let’s remember why we do what we love to do. Let’s recapture the real beauty in life and in the ARTISTRY OF HAIR AND THE PURITY OF CUT, COLOR AND STYLE.

The winning teams that presented at NATVA 2018 were:

  • The Expressionists: Anna HoladayWhitney Parr, Janet Algeciras
  • Introspectra: Caroline Kim, Brenton Lee, Danny Lozada, Stevie Smith
  • Northern Lights: Dana Lyseng, Paul Nasrallah, Antonio Quintieri, Eryn Wall, Emily Murphy


Creative Vision Gold Winner

  • All expenses paid trip to participate in Wella’s International Hair Competition hosted in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • All-inclusive trip to NYC to assist backstage at New York Fashion Week.

Color Vision Gold Winner

  • All expenses paid trip to participate in Wella’s International Hair Competition hosted in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Participate in photoshoot with a reputable National Magazine.

Student Gold Winner

  • Internship for a week in a Wella Studio to shadow a studio artist.
  • Professional kit, retail value $2,000


  • $1,000 Gift Certificate for Wella Education


  • $500 Gift Certificate for Wella Education

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