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February 8, 2015

jcp salon Announces Winners of Battle of the Schools Color Contest

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Could one of these two student stylists be the next Guy Tang or Tracey Cunningham? If these colors are any indication, it looks promising! The young hair stars entered their color designs in jcp salon’s Battle of the Schools Color Contest and were chosen from a pool of talented, up-and-coming artists from across the nation!


Taking home first prize (and a $1,500 scholarship for tuition) was Brienn Covert-Davis of Marinello School of Beauty in CA. Brienn’s long, flowing balayage creation will be featured in an upcoming issue of behindthechair.com On Paper, along with the winners of the jcp salon Formal Upstyling and Cut and Style contests.



Carissa Martin of Paul Mitchell the School in MO finished in second place with this beautiful, icy blonde. Believe it or not, Carissa’s model had Level 2 virgin hair before her transformation to this cool, platinum hue! Carissa received an artistic tool kit worth $800.


Get the look! See how Brienn created her gorgeous balayage hue! 


Formula A (base): ½ oz. Wella Koleston 4/0 + ½ oz. 5/7 + 10-volume developer. Processed while lightener was being applied.


Formula B (lightener): Wella Blondor + 40-volume developer


Formula C (toner): 1 oz. 8/73 + ½ oz. 9/1 1:2 ratio + 6-volume developer.



1. Darkened the base with Formula A using a freestyle, hand painting technique (Brienn cites Guy Tang as her major source of inspiration for this application technique).


2. Divided the hair into 3 sections.


3. Beginning in the back, balayaged using Formula B in V sections, blending into Formula A for a seamless, all-over transition.


4. Applied Formula C on pre-lightened hair and processed for about 5 minutes.


5. Blow-dried, then styled using 1 ½-inch barrel wand, then brushed lightly to create soft waves.