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December 1, 2014

jcp salon Announces Winners of Formal Upstyling Contest

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The results are in! The winner of jcp salon’s Battle of the Schools Formal Upstyling Contest is Hannah Armstrong of Paul Mitchell the School Tampa! Hannah’s winning style was this gorgeous faux wedding upstyle, which earned her a $1,500 scholarship for tuition. She will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Behindthechair.com On Paper.


In second place was Stella Staves of Empire Beauty School, who created this French and fishtail braid combo with a basket weaving updo bun. Stella received an artistic tool kit worth $800.



Submissions were judged on originality, creativity, finished look and quality of photos.


There are more chances to win with jcp salon and behindthechair.com! Students, enter your color photos for a chance at $1,500 in tuition    


Want to try Hannah’s Winning Look? She shares her step-by-step below!


1. Smooth hair with a flat iron for a frizz-free starting canvas.


2. Backcomb hair in 1-inch horizontal sections starting at the nape of the neck and continuing up to the crown to create an even foundation.


3. Section hair in desired location of the first Dutch fishtail braid.


4. Next, section off a portion of hair in the crown. Backcomb this section to desired volume, and brush hair on the top to smooth. Pin the hair in a crisscross shape.


5. Braid the sectioned hair into a Dutch fishtail braid, and separate the pieces of hair in the braid to make it look fuller.


6. Gather hair into a ponytail underneath the volumized section of hair at the crown, leaving out any fringe.



7. Apply Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil to ponytail to tame any frizz.


8. Take small sections of hair within the ponytail and begin creating the bun by lifting each section of hair over or under your fingers and securely pinning them into the foundation, intertwining the ends throughout the previously pinned hair. Separate the pieces of pinned hair so the bun looks fuller.
*Between pinning, Hannah says she sprayed each section with Paul Mitchell Super Clean Extra Finishing Spray to hold the style.


9. Take any fringe that was left out and place it over the top of the base of the bun to cover any visible pins, and to give the bun a more polished look.


10. Apply a finishing spray all over to hold the look in place.