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THIS YEAR'S WINNERS
Butterfly Loft Salon
This year’s Salon of the Year Award recipient is Butterfly Loft, founded by David and Alexis Thurston. Butterfly Loft has made significant contributions to the industry through its eco-friendly procedures, implementations, and designs like its custom exhaust system, earning the salon green-certification and recognition as a World Model Salon by Wella/Procter and Gamble, as well as this year’s Salon of the Year Award. Its touring educational program – Butterfly Circus – provides hairstylists worldwide with an innovative, fast-paced, and demo-run show, featuring 7 instructors teaching 7 different subjects on stage. In house, they have presented and hosted over 30 events and provided backstage hair services for many top models, designers, and publications.
Jessica Warburton found her stylist’s calling in the chemo room. In 2010, Jessica was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer. One day after chemo, she took a friend’s wig home, and using kitchen scissors, she created a look her friend became obsessed with! She found her passion and found herself. She is currently a stylist at The Butterfly Loft in Los Angeles, where she specializes in balayage and vivid hair color. When she’s not styling hair, she can be found running around at Disneyland, at heavy metal concerts, or at home with her parrot and dogs.
The Bio Ionic Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to notable hairstylists who have made a lasting impact on the industry over the course of a lifetime. This year’s honoree is Avant Garde icon Nicholas French. Nicholas is a 4 time NAHA winner and 12-time finalist whose styling has shaped the face of the hairstyling world. As Matrix and L’Oréal artistic director he produced over 1,500 educational shows, teaching thousands worldwide. He’s crafted runway hair for top designers and been featured on many television programs. His clientele includes fashion legends like Twiggy and Vogue.
THIS YEAR'S FINALISTS
Loni Hale, a former Mrs. Iowa, is no stranger to the styling world. A former salon owner of over 12 years with an extensive background in the fine arts, this industry vet now specializes in commercial hair and makeup artistry for print and video advertising. While she still enjoys offering haircoloring and salon services between her busy production schedule, she thrives on the creative freedom session styling and editorial work allows. Loni also enjoys snowboarding and landscape design. She is the proud aunt to 23 children and has a hairless cat named Paris.
Franco Hernandez has been a part of the beauty industry for almost 30 years. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Franco is best known for his vivid color techniques and Avant-Garde styling. He has been published in both US and international trade magazines. In 2016 he was a NAHA Avant-Garde nominee. He continually educates himself on current trends and innovative styling techniques as a commitment to high quality client services. When he is not styling hair, he can be found enjoying wine with his husband and their Chihuahua, or singing karaoke with friends.
Megan Schipani is a star on the rise. Before she had even received her license in January of 2017, Megan had already won Behind The Chair’s One Shot Hair Awards “Student Shot of the Year”. She is currently a junior stylist at The Alchemy Hair Salon in Maryland, and is also part of The Unicorn Tribe! She specializes in fresh balayages and vivids, and her dream is to continue building her career into editorial and runway styling. When she isn’t styling hair she enjoys reading autobiographies and Forbes Magazine, playing violin, and spending time with her cat./p>
THIS YEAR'S JUDGES
Mustafa Avci is an Instagram Styling Guru and salon owner with almost 20 years of experience in the industry. He spent the first 11 years of his career styling at a high-profile salon in Manhattan, and the past 7 with his own salon, Salon M. He has been featured in nearly every trade publication and social media platform in existence, amassing a loyal social following and nickname for his signature finger waves, “The King of Waves”. When he is not styling at Salon M, Mustafa is traveling the globe and teaching his signature styling methods to sold-out classes and showcases at International Hair Shows.
Robert Ramos is an Emmy-nominated stylist to the stars, currently serving as head creative at Estilo Salon in Los Angeles. He is one of Hollywood’s go-to hair creatives, with loyal and primarily A-list clientele including Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, and Stevie Nicks, to name a few. He is behind many looks for movies, theatre, and television programs and has been featured in publications like Vogue, Elle, Esquire, People, and Rolling Stone. He has his own hair care line, Robert Ramos Products, Inc, which in combination with his styling career, has helped people look and feel gorgeous for over 20 years.
Sally Rogerson is an industry-leading educator and stylist, having spent 20 years working with Vidal Sassoon, and currently serving as Creative Director of S•R Education and Joiful. After joining on with Vidal Sassoon at age 16, she worked her way through the company to become Creative Director in London, and later Senior Creative Director in Los Angeles. She is fueled by her passion to provide high-quality and accessible modern salon education, and as Creative Director of S•R Education, works to develop personalized programs and classes for salons, stylists, and cosmetology schools, turning her passion into action.
Shaun Brezanin is an internationally trained precision hair cutter and colorist, currently sitting as part of the Ulta Beauty Design Team. He is an industry leader and trendsetter, helping to develop and educate over 7,000 Ulta Beauty Hair Stylists worldwide. He has built his career on working with and representing some of the industry’s top brands, like Ulta Beauty, Paul Mitchell, and The Salon by InStyle. He has a true passion for styling, and an unparalleled drive to help all stylists discover their potential and to reach their career goals, making him an invaluable asset to Ulta Beauty’s stylist community and to the industry.