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Breaking News! Goldwell Hair Color Experts announce the 2017 Color Zoom Challenge U.S. Finalists

Friday, 14 July 2017 14:33

The Goldwell Expert Panel is thrilled to announce this year’s U.S. Finalists for the 2017 Goldwell Color Zoom Challenge. Leading colorists from across the country submitted entries for one of the three Color Zoom Challenge Categories –Creative Colorist, New Talent Colorist and Partner Colorist.

Entrants were tasked with interpreting the IN·FLUX Color Zoom Collection, which fuses shape and color seamlessly to create fluid hair fashion with no discernible beginning or end. This theme challenged stylists to reimagine dimensions and break down the traditional conventions of color, shape, cut and texture.

In June, applicants were narrowed to 15 Semi-Finalists by a prestigious panel of industry expert panelists. Following the Semi-Finalist round, the Goldwell Hair Color Global judges’ panel selected three Gold, Silver and Bronze U.S. Finalists, one for each category.
2017 U.S. Gold Finalists include: Creative Colorist, Lauren Kocman of Hair by Scott & Co. (Delray Beach, FL); New Talent Colorist, Kylie Bussing of Aidan James Salon (Nashua, NH); and Partner Colorist, Mio Sota of Trio Salon (Chicago, IL).

All three National Gold Finalists will have the honor of competing live on behalf of the United States in the 2017 Color Zoom International Competition in Barcelona, Spain on October 8th. There, contestants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and compete against other Gold finalists from around the world for a spot on the Global Color Zoom Creative Team.

This year’s Silver Finalists include: Creative Colorist, Sharie Valcin of Trio Salon (Chicago, IL); New Talent Colorist, Alicia Capazzoli of Hair by Scott & Co. (Delray Beach, FL); and Partner Colorist, Stacey Smoker of Riccardo Maggiore Flatiron (New York, NY). This year’s Bronze Finalists include: Creative Colorist, Kirstin Forbes of Untamed (Anchorage, AK); New Talent Colorist, Madison Williams of Keith Kristofer Salon (Austin, TX); and Partner Colorist, David Peacemaker of David Ross Salon (Charlotte, NC).

Finally, the Color Zoom Challenge will include the third annual Stylists’ Favorites Award, which allows people from all over the world to vote online for their favorite Gold competitor in each category. Voting will be held from September 1st to the 30th at, and winners will be announced onstage during the Global Zoom Gala Show in October.

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  • GOLD Partner Colorist – Mio Sota

  • GOLD Creative Colorist – Lauren Kocman

  • GOLD New Talent Colorist – Kylie Bussing

  • SILVER Partner Colorist – Stacey Smoker

  • SILVER Creative Colorist – Sharie Valcin

  • SILVER New Talent Colorist – Alicia Capazzoli

  • BRONZE Partner Colorist – David Peacemaker

  • BRONZE Creative Colorist – Kirstin Forbes

  • BRONZE New Talent Colorist – Madison Williams


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