Sport Clips’ “The Look” National Competition Winners
Chosen from the franchise’s team of more than 7,000 stylists, five compete before record crowd and one announced the national winner.
Five stylists earned the honor to show off their all-star skills and creativity in Sport Clips Haircuts’ “The Look” Competition live at its recent national conference, the Huddle, in Orlando. With more than 880 stores and 7,000+ stylists system-wide, Sport Clips is the nation’s leading hair care provider for men and boys. Judges Tommy Callahan of JPMS, Ivan Zoot of Andis and Ron Villanueva of American Crew reviewed the hair design results after finalists cut models’ hair in the latest looks before a crowd of more than 1,600 at the Swan and Dolphin Convention Center.
“This is a great opportunity for our stylists to show off their creativity and skills, especially the way they use our All-Star Haircutting System to show off the latest guy-styles and trends,” says Julie Vargas, Sport Clips Director of Career Opportunities and a licensed stylist with more than 20 years of experience. “Every year we see our talented stylists stepping up and knocking it out of the park with the forward-trending looks they create.”
Prior to the winner's announcement, stylists and meeting attendees were treated to a presentation by JPMS Global Artistic Director Robert Cromeans.
Lindsey Combs of Pleasant Hill, CA was selected as “The Look 2012” competition winner. She describes her winning style as a “faux hawk made into something a businessman could wear” with its longer, textured back and shorter sides. As the winner of the competition, Melanie received $2,500. Her hair design will become a part of Sport Clips training nationwide, and a poster representing the style will be placed in stores across the country. “Working for Sport Clips is the most fun I’ve had a stylist,” Combs says. “There’s a lot of opportunity for growth and the service is so client driven!”
The runner-up in the competition was Michelle Dave of Lewis Center, OH. She took home $1,500 for her guy-style. The look she designed was achieved by using Sport Clips All-Star haircutting system and was tapered at the neck and edges and graduated leaving a dramatic lift on top. Dave grew up “doing hair at home,” but chose a career in finance with the state of Ohio. In 2003, she made the career move to attend beauty school and become a stylist. She says she finds the Sport Clips environment “exciting and always moving!”
Third place went to Brooke Lee Smith of Atlanta who works in the Alpharetta, GA Sport Clips. The look she created was “textured and versatile” and can be worn in a structured “Mad Men” look or “messy and funky.” Smith always wanted to do hair, and she says Sport Clips offers a fun and comfortable atmosphere where there’s room for career growth.
Christina Hernandez of Austin, TX took fourth place in The Look. Her design was “textured with a lot of movement” achieved with both the cut and products. She says she likes consulting with clients about their look and the guarantee Sport Clips offers clients that they will be satisfied with their experience or they can have it re-done or touched up for free.
Honorable mention went to Tonia Rogers of Moore, OK. She designed a “clipper over comb” with a textured front and sharp, clean back. With hairdresser parents, Tonia grew up with an appreciation for hair care. She says, “I love cutting guys’ hair, and I really like the structure and attention to the client experience at Sport Clips – you just don’t get that anywhere else.” All finalists received $100 cash, as well as travel and hotel accommodations in Orlando for the conference.
Sport Clips Haircuts “The Look” National Stylist Competition
1st place/Winner: Lindsey Combs, Pleasant Hill, CA - $2,500, shears, and trophy
2nd place/Runner Up: Michelle Dave, Lewis Center, OH - $1,500, shears, and trophy
3rd place: Brooke Lee Smith, Alpharetta, GA - $1,000, clippers, and trophy
4th place: Christina Hernandez, Austin, TX - $500 and plaque
5th place/Honorable Mention: Tonia Rogers, Moore, OK - $500 and plaque
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