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NEXTGEN Rules the Runway at the Beauty Changes Lives Experience in Chicago

Monday, 30 April 2018 11:44

The 6th Beauty Changes Lives Experience, held at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago on Sunday, April 29, 2018 was a stunning success in support of The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

The event was fashionable, edgy and inspiring, with eight prominent professional beauty brands featuring a NEXTGEN Team and their Mentors, who interpreted the theme of the evening, “EXPOSED” – ENJOY THE GALLERY BELOW! 

ARROJO artists opened the Beauty Changes Lives Experience with an awe-inspiring runway presentation in true ARROJO style.

CND’s Torie Bastian mentored very accomplished team members Gina Cella, John Nguyen and Trisha Lee. The CND team knows that with nails, there are no limitations and no artistic boundaries. Their theme was “Limitless,” and their metallic, gold, silver and purple artistry with graphic touches was indeed limitless.

Matrix’s Danielle Keasling mentored Jessica Warburton, Amanda Epstein and Katie Fortna. The team believes beauty is everywhere and within everyone. They celebrated raw, authentic beauty in their fashion and creativity and their theme, “I am ME,” showcased vibrant hair color and gorgeous style.

Mizani’s Jamal Edmonds teamed up with NEXTGEN talent Al Alexander to create bold, solid colors and a wide range of built-in texture. In developing their presentation, both were inspired by Vogue magazine in the early 90’s as well as 90’s urban sitcoms such as “Living Single” and “In Living Color.” In true Mizani form, the looks were versatile for all hair textures and hair types.

Pivot Point International’s Jason Russell guided NEXTGEN artists Dareece Darden, Fallyn Mireault, Adriana De La Parra, Megan Vargas and Liz Barajas. The Pivot Point team were all recipients of the Beauty Changes Lives Leo Passage Education Scholarship, which offered them a chance to debut their artistry on a national stage. Their concept, “Exposed Deconstruction,” was intended to reveal many beautiful effects throughout their presentation that showed what can happen when there is a conscionable effort to spark change.

Redken 5th Avenue’s Chris Baran mentored NEXTGEN Megan Johnson, and thru choreography they “exposed” their vision to learn better, earn better and live best. They believe education should be interactive, accessible and fun. Their presentation was definitely fun!

TIGI’s Renee Valerie supported NEXTGEN Anita Thammasine and Christina Magliocchett. Their theme, Your Vibe, Our Vibe, encouraged individual personal style. Their experimental presentation was versatile and gave a sense of owning who you are in an unapologetic strength of youth culture.

ULTA Beauty Pro Team Nick Stenson, Ammon Carver, Sonya Dove, Sean Goddard, Carmoday Homan and Danielle Keasling guided NEXTGEN Rachel Bettis and Leo Valencia. ULTA brought together Leo Valencia’s love for creativity and hard work, with Rachel Bettis’s love for doing hair from a very young age. The artistry and education from this team was unprecedented, and a hallmark of ULTA’s vibe.

Wella’s Galin Hristov mentored Krislynn Wiles and Lyuba Yermolova, producing a Wella TrendVision theme. Their presentation pushed boundaries and stretched their creative limits. Inspired by the Wella family of artists and professional products, they featured accent colors in the hair, infused with warm tones with a sunny undertone.

Proceeds Work to Elevate Beauty Industry
The Beauty Changes Lives Experience fundraiser unites the professional beauty industry through fundraising and celebration of the next generation of beauty professionals.

Media Partners for the Beauty Changes Lives Experience and the Legacy Award dinner assisted the Foundation by encouraging attendance and support. The 2018 Media Partners include: American Salon, Beauty Industry Report, Beauty Launchpad,, ESTETICA MAGAZINE, Modern Salon, Salon Magazine, Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide, and Salon and Stylist Newspapers. A special thanks to the community.

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is also grateful for the support the generous companies who served as sponsors of the 2018 Experience, including Platinum sponsors: Bellus Academy and Wella; Silver sponsors American Crew, CND, Great Clips, KMS, Matrix, Mizani, MUD, Pivot Point, Pravana, Ratner Companies, and TIGI. Bronze sponsors include Associated Hair Care Professionals, Hattori Hanzo and Intelligent Nutrients. Event Advocates are Deva Curl and Wet Brush. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is grateful to all of these sponsors for their continued support of the efforts of the work of the Foundation. The event was co-hosted by America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago and Pivot Point International.

The mission of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is to elevate, educate and empower. The 2018 Experience certainly elevated the talent of the industry, and illustrated how when beauty comes together, anything is possible for future beauty professionals.

More information may be found at

  • Arrojo

  • CND

  • Matrix

  • Mizani

  • Pivot Point

  • Redken

  • TIGI

  • ULTA Beauty

  • Wella Professionals


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