29 January 2023

Hot News! Meet the Winners of Wella’s North American TrendVision Awards 2017!

Celebrating exceptional hairdressing talent in North America, Wella’s coveted North American TrendVision Awards (NATVA) reached a new high this year in Los Angeles, a city synonymous with creativity, self-expression and design.

On Sunday July 23rd, 50 contestants from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and top hair stylists came together for an unforgettable evening at The LA Live Event Deck. Guests cheered for the finalists competing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in each of the Student, Creative Vision and Color Vision categories using the Ultra Contouring by Optical Illusion  SS’17 and New Norm by PastForward AW’17 trends as inspiration.

Taking Gold for the U.S. were Katie Manselle of Culture Hair Studio in Color Vision, Shirley Gordon of Strands Hair Studio in Creative Vision and Maria de Lourdes Valentin Narvaez of Modern Hairstyling Institute in Student.

Taking home top honors for Canada were John Carreiro of Carreiro The Studio in Color Vision, Daniel Grieco of Salon Gaboa in Creative Vision and Sandra Du of Texture Hair Salon in Student. And, taking home top honors for Puerto Rico were Jose Quinones of Peter Cardon Salon in Color Vision and Glory Aviles of U Salon in Creative Vision. The North American gold winners are on their way to represent the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada respectively at the International TrendVision Awards staged in London in October 2017.

During the live competition, finalists demonstrated their range of skills and creativity in hopes of being crowned one of hairdressing’s rising stars of the future. A panel of leading industry experts included newly announced Celebrity Stylist Ambassador, Christian Wood; Salon Owner in New York, Oscar Blandi; Modern Salon Beauty & Fashion Director, Maggie Mulhern; 2014 TrendVision Gold Winner, Daniel Lozada, Vogue Market Stylist, Ashley Clauss; and Master Hairstylist & Salon Owner in Canada, Frank Marasco evaluated overall look, technique, and creative expression based on criteria specific to the finalists’ category (Student, Creative Vision or Color Vision). 

In addition to the live competition and awards, the evening showcased an inspiring line up of artistic presentations from some of the best hairdressing talent the industry has to offer:

Akin Konizi and the HOB Creative Team presented the Academy London
Industry Icon, Robert Lobetta presented the Encounter alongside Shay Dempsey, Marylle Koken and Claudio Lazo
The Sassoon Academy’s Creative Team, Mark Hayes, Traci Sakosits and Richie Rivera showcased their new collection, EQUAL
Team North America Josh Wagner, Sonya Dove, Omar Antonio and Anthony Cole showcased M.A.A.N. Masculinity, Androgyny, Alternative, Non-conformity

Wella Honors the Legacy of Fabio Sementilli
Wella also recognized the life’s work and legacy of a salon industry icon, legendary Fabio Sementilli to thunderous applause. Visionary, educator, mentor and artist, he is one of the elite talents who has shaped and impacted the world of hairdressing and the visionary behind North American TrendVision. Earlier this month at a private event, Beauty Changes Lives Foundation announced the Fabio Sementilli Professional Mentorship Scholarship honoring his contributions to professional beauty education. To learn more about the opportunity to support this new scholarship initiative focused on supporting licensed professionals, click here.

Wella will continue to honor Fabio’s legacy of mentorship and excellence and pay it forward to the next young stars with future scholarship announcements later this year.

To watch Wella’s 2017 North American TrendVision Awards replay CLICK HERE!

Gold: Katie Manselle, Culture Hair Studio, Durham, NC
Silver: Michael Haase, PlatinumBlack, Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Michelle Schlottman, Mario Tricoci, Schaumburg, IL

Gold: John Carreiro, Carriero The Studio, Victoria, BC
Silver: Eryn Wall, The Headroom, Paradise, NL
Bronze: Tatiana Shevtsova, Attivo Salon, Burlington, ON

Gold: Jose Quinones, Peter Cardon Salon, San Juan, PR
Silver: Ruth Carrasquillon, Ruth Carrasquillon Salon, Ponce, PR
Bronze: Antoni Flores Virellan, The salon by Shielan, Guaynabo, PR

Gold: Shirley Gordon, Strands Hair Studio, Wheaton, MD
Silver: Tiffany Deliberto, Mario Tricoci, Schaumburg, IL
Bronze: Recon Hutchinson, Sören Salon, Atlanta, GA

Gold: Daniel Grieco, Salon Gaboa, Maple, ON
Silver: Nick Themistocleous, Salon Afif, Toronto, ON
Bronze: Cristina Prioletta, Salon Augustin, Montreal, QC

Gold: Glory Aviles, U Salon, Toa Baja, PR
Silver: Emmanuel Torres Gratacos, VIP Hair Studio, Villalba, PR
Bronze: Julyennie Omlo, Beyond Salón, San Juan, PR

Gold: Maria de Lourdes Valentin Narvaez, Modern Hairstyling Institute, Bayamón, PR
Silver: Katie Echels, Ogle School, Denton, TX
Bronze: Jaileen Velez Huertas, Modern Hairstyling Institute, Bayamón, PR

Gold: Sandra Du, Texture Hair Salon, Ottawa, ON
Silver: Aliyyah Phady, Marvel Beauty School London, Cambridge, ON
Bronze: Kim Turner, Vodoo Hair Studio, St. Albert, AB 


Color Vision Gold (1st place prize)
• Represent the country at the International Trend Vision Competition
• Participate in an editorial photo shoot with Vogue

Creative Vision Gold (1st place prize)
• Represent the country at the International Trend Vision Competition
• Work backstage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW)

Student Gold (1st place prize)
• Professional kit, retail value of $2000

Color Vision, Creative Vision, Student Silver and Gold (2nd and 3rd place prize)
• $1,000 gift card for Wella Education (Silver)
• $500 gift card for Wella Education (Bronze)


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