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Hair design students finalists in salon expo





Six students from the Hays Academy of Hair Design have been named finalists in the International Salon and Spa Expo this weekend.

Only the top 10 students nationwide are eligible to attend. The competition is open to Sassoon Academy students. HAHD is a member of the Sassoon Academy School Connection.

"There are only 16 schools with multiple campuses that are able to be a Sassoon school," said Len Melvin, marketing director. "So it's pretty prestigious."

According to Paula Sargent, one of the competition's finalists, Sassoon follows disciplined, precise techniques.

"I chose a line cut for my competition entry," she said. "It curved around and down then swooped up on the left side. It's not a style you would want with hair every day."

In order to be entered in the competition, students needed to submit before and after photos of a model, along with a short essay explaining the style.

"We take a before picture," Melvin said. "Then the hairdresser cuts, colors and finishes the model. Then we take after photos."

Melvin said HAHD submitted 30 to 40 photos between the Hays and Salina campuses.

Sassoon Academy's artists vote on the finalists among all affiliated schools.

"We have six in the top 10 this year," Melvin said. "It's the largest hair show on the West Coast."

The finalists then are flown to Long Beach, Calif., the last weekend of January for the announcement of the winners. Sassoon's artists vote on the placement of the finalists prior to their arrival.

"I'm anxious to see where I placed," Sargent said. "I'm pretty excited, but it hasn't really sunk in yet. I guess when I get there, it will finally hit."

Another finalist, Paige Evans, graduated from HAHD in July and said she almost forgot about the competition.

"When I got the phone call about a month ago, I was very excited," she said. "At the same time I was kind of overwhelmed since I'm getting married next week, but I knew this was something that would happen once in my lifetime so I needed to go. Now I am very anxious and excited."

Sargent will graduate in April and plans to open her own salon in her hometown of Ransom.

"I own a little house I plan on converting to a salon," she said.

Evans works at Uptown Style in Colby.

The other finalists are Allison Ohnmacht, Hays; Amara Sylvester, Salina; Chelsie White, Hays; and Emily Stults, Hays.