Orlando’s Chapman Leonard Studios lured the most fearless and talented artists from various cities in the United States that brought talent and eccentricity to the warm land of Mickey Mouse for Sebastian Professional’s What’s Next Awards Regional Competition.
The 15 finalists from all around the country were divided into 3 categories: Student Category / Professional / Wella Affiliated Artists, so there was artistry at many levels, all having something to prove to Wella. They presented a model inspired by Sebastian Professional’s Eclectic Collection – and worked the whole day to prep their models for the grand finale and moment of truth.
The very deserving winners were: Beverly Eze (Student), Alisha Jurkevicz (Professional), Rose Gobin (Affiliated Artist) and Josh DeMarco (People’s Choice Award as voted on Sebastian WNA Instagram)… you can take a look at their looks in the gallery below! Finalists of the regional events are entered into the What’s Next Awards national competition, that is going to take place in Dallas, TX next Spring 2017.
Those with the most difficult job, however, were not those who are competed for the top prize, but the judges, who had to select 3 winners out of the 15 finalists. This year, the judges represented a variety of locations, with Sergi Bancells, Estetica USA General Manager who hails from Miami, NYC acclaimed stylist Tonya Cuozzo and well-kown hairdresser Bekim Osmani who is based in Tampa, FL. Such diverse backgrounds gave this trio a multifaceted vision while Wella’s Creative Director, Carole Protat, presented and MC’d the event.
To close this wonderful event, the brand had a special treat for the audience: the World of Wella (WOW) presented three prestigious Wella lines that were celebrated by three outstanding Wella Artists. This included Hollywood stylist Dean Roybal on behalf of Wella Professionals; Omar Antonio for Sebastian Professional, with a moving presentation that involved his 20-year daughter Alina as a model, who he said is his main muse and inspiration; and the always amazing Manny San Martin on behalf of Nioxin.
For a more in depth look at the night, scroll through the gallery below!