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Sydney Lopez


Sydney Ann Lopez is one of the most encouraging, supportive, talented stylists MODERN SALON is following on Instagram. She regularly posts work throughout the day that has become so recognizable to our editors, we know who is sharing with us before we even see her name. She's best known for her vibrants, pastels, braiding and styling skills. Her work appears on the cover of the January 2019 issue of MODERN SALON.



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Natalie Thomas


Entering contests really does get your work noticed by MODERN SALON editors, and Natalie Thomas is the perfect example of that. Thomas was a semifinalist in MODERN’s Braids and Brides special-occasion styling contest earlier this year, and we have been in love with her ever since for her updos, braids and bridal style. Her work appears on the cover of the August 2019 issue of MODERN SALON. 



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Shelby Weatherholtz


Obsessed with balayage and braiding? Yeah, we are too. That's why MODERN follows Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, stylist Shelby Weatherholtz, best known for beautiful bridal styles with incredible color effects. Weatherholtz won MODERN’s Summer 2019 contest, Making Waves.



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Alison Valsamis


Alison Valsamis is a ray of light in the beauty-Instagram world. She first caught our eyes with her blonde color chart, and we've been hooked on her and her work ever since. She went viral in 2018 for her braided rose updo, really living up to her handle. Her work appears on the cover of the August 2018 issue of MODERN SALON.


Melanie Sorrow


A rose by any other name may as well be called Melanie Sorrow. Not only are her creations as beautiful as bouquets of flowers (not to mention braiding heaps of hair rosettes in her updos), Sorrow’s hidden talent includes growing real ones in her garden. Oh yes, these beautiful, romantic styles are certainly sweet!



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