Meet Our STARS

HERE THEY ARE!! The 2014 STARS and RISING STAR Awards were announced at America’s Beauty Show, and they do not disappoint (confirmed by the gorgeous photos below!)  The hottest new talent in the country submitted stunning photos of their work, displaying some of the newest trends, ideas and inspirations for the season.

This popular contest and exciting Cosmetologists Chicago tradition is enthusiastically embraced by hundreds of established salon professionals as well as those just entering our fabulous industry. The creativity, talent, technical expertise and competitive spirit of the winners are expressed below in these compelling works of art. So, without further ado, we present…

The 2014 STARS Winners…

Daniel Rubin

ColorAmerica – Colorist of the Year – Daniel Rubin, Dennis Bartolomei Salon, Chicago, IL

Daniel Rubin

ColorAmerica – Colorist of the Year – Daniel Rubin, Dennis Bartolomei Salon, Chicago, IL

Danielle Keasling

Day to Night – Danielle Keasling, Salon Karma, Bluffton, SC

Danielle Keasling

Day to Night – Danielle Keasling, Salon Karma, Bluffton, SC

Katie Baxter

Makeover Expert – Katie Baxter, Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa, Mentor, OH

Katie Baxter

Makeover Expert – Katie Baxter, Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa, Mentor, OH

Jennifer Bean

Hair Fashion Visionary – Avant Garde – Jennifer Bean, Orbit Salon, Chicago, IL

Jennifer Bean

Hair Fashion Visionary – Avant Garde – Jennifer Bean, Orbit Salon, Chicago, IL

Hillary Fry

International Nail Technician of the Year – Hillary Fry, Scenario Hair Design, Shorewood, WI

Hillary Fry

International Nail Technician of the Year – Hillary Fry, Scenario Hair Design, Shorewood, WI

Kerra Coticchia

Men’s Look Champion – Kerra Coticchia, Ladies and Gentlemen, Chicago, IL

Kerra Coticchia

Men’s Look Champion – Kerra Coticchia, Ladies and Gentlemen, Chicago, IL

Laurentius Purnama

Texture Champion – Laurentius Purnama, Laurentius Salon, Philadelphia, PA

Laurentius Purnama

Texture Champion – Laurentius Purnama, Laurentius Salon, Philadelphia, PA

And the 2014 Rising Star…

Katie Pickins and Ciara Wright

RISING Star of ABS 2014 (Student Category) – Katie Pickens and Ciara Wright, Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Katie Pickins and Ciara Wright

RISING Star of ABS 2014 (Student Category) – Katie Pickens and Ciara Wright, Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

And finally… The Leo Passage Gold Trophy 

Paying homage to the late Leo Passage, founder of Pivot Point International, the third annual “Leo Passage Gold Trophy” was awarded to Chrystofer Benson of J Christopher Salon, New York, NY — for receiving the highest cumulative points in Cosmetologists Chicago’s STARS Photo Competition.

Chrystofer Benson

Leo Passage Gold Trophy – Chrystofer Benson, J. Christopher Salon, New York, NY

Chrystofer Benson

Leo Passage Gold Trophy – Chrystofer Benson, J. Christopher Salon, New York, NY

All of the winners received their awards at this year’s America’s Beauty Show. The STARS Photo Competition winners were announced during the always fabulous BeautyBASH on March 22, 2014, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, and The RISING Star winners were announced during the “Beauty Changes Lives” presentation on Monday, March 24, 2014.

The STARS and RISING STARS Photo Competitions are judged on technical merit, execution and suitability of the styles of each category, as well as concept and overall approach.

If you want to learn more about this stellar competition or have interest in being a part of something as edgy, inspirational and on the cusp of new trends as this, visit the STARS Photo Contest page here: www.americasbeautyshow.com.

And don’t forget to Save the date! America’s Beauty Show will be held March 21-23, 2015, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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