Wella's Hairdressers at Heart Introduces "Class of 2018" Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education "Basic" Scholarship Recipients

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Five Aspiring Hairstylists Will Receive $7,000 in Tuition Scholarship to Grow Their Skills and Turn Their Aspirations into Reality

Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Wella's Hairdressers at Heart

“Education is at the core of who we are as artists,” added Salvatore Mauceri, Senior Vice President North American Coty Professional Beauty and Global OPI. “We are proud to uphold Wella’s mission and Vidal Sassoon’s inspiring commitment to education by helping these stylists launch their career.”

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart are proud to announce the recipients of the Class of 2018 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education “Basic” Scholarship recipients. Honoring the late Vidal Sassoon’s conviction that education is a lifelong journey, five aspiring hairstylists will receive up to $7,000 in tuition scholarship toward a cosmetology program at an American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member school.

The Spring 2018 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education “Basic” Scholarship winners are:

Candace Bird, Sandy Utah - Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design
A self-described “artist at heart,” Candace earned a bachelors degree in fine art, specializing in digtal imaging and photography, before deciding to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a hairstylist. “I believe as hairstylists we can change the world with our positive energy,” Candace says. As a beauty school student, Candace enjoys supporting her school’s involvement in the CUT IT OUT! program and hopes to continue helping women impacted by domestic violence after she graduates. “I want to help people embrace their beauty,” she says.

Ehjaylyn Henry, Tampa, Fla. - Summit Salon Academy
Moving to the U.S. from a small island in the Caribbean, Ehjaylyn personified the “American dream,” earning accounting and Master of Business degrees by age 22. Although advised by adults in her life to pursue a “practical” career path, Ehjaylyn found working as an accountant didn’t satisfy her creative spirit. “When I enrolled in cosmetology school, I found the one thing that never feels like work,” she says. Ehjaylyn finds inspiration in a quote by Maya Angelou, “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you are.” Upon graduating beauty school, she wants to help her clients unveil a different side of themselves and share their own amazing and unique beauty.

Ostyn McCarty, Atlanta, Ga. - Aveda Institute
Ostyn credits the strong females in her family for inspiring her decision to enter the beauty industry. “I want to help women discover their original and unapologetic swagger,” she says in her application video. As a member of the Aveda Institute “Class of 2019,” Ostyn plans to merge her passions for beauty and entrepreneurship as a member of the Aveda Artistic team, while building her lifestyle brand, Chunkie Original. “My journey is blessed with endless opportunities that all began when I chose to follow my dreams and enroll at Aveda Institute,” Ostyn says.

Tobie Stark, Dallas, Texas - Aveda Institute
Tobie’s rainbow colored hair and dramatic makeup provoked teasing and belittling when she was growing up, but she says the ridicule also pushed her to explore her passion which has always been dramatic hair and makeup. “I am an artist and the face and hair are the canvas I work with to smash the standards and change the idea of what’s beautiful,” she says. Tobie says that cosmetology school is only her first step in creating a career as a stylist and color expert who inspires others to feel their beauty and acceptance, regardless of conventional beauty definitions.

Jordan Vendenberg, Nampa, Idaho - The Salon Professional Academy
Jordan received her first haircut at age 10 and her transformation from waist-length to shoulder-length hair opened her eyes to the power of a great haircut. Throughout middle school and high school, Jordan evolved from cutting her hair to coloring it multiple hues. Yet despite her passion for hairstyling, friends and relatives told her she would regret enrolling in cosmetology school and wouldn’t make any money in the industry. After a seven-year career in retail and several promotions, Jordan’s husband inspired her to pursue her passion. “When I toured the Salon Professional Academy, the big piece of the puzzle that was missing from my life was found, and I realized that the missing piece was beauty,” says Jordan.

More than five years after the inaugural Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Scholarship Competition was established by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, the scholarship has changed more than a hundred cosmetology students’ lives and awarded $1.5M in scholarships. “As the first branded scholarship, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Scholarship Competition helped galvanize the beauty industry to unite in an effort to equip and empower next generation hairstylists,” said Lynelle Lynch, President of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “Vidal Sassoon imprinted an indelible mark on the industry and this scholarship is paying forward his legacy to open opportunities for those who follow in his path.”

“Education is at the core of who we are as artists,” added Salvatore Mauceri, Senior Vice President North American Coty Professional Beauty and Global OPI. “We are proud to uphold Wella’s mission and Vidal Sassoon’s inspiring commitment to education by helping these talented stylists launch their career through these namesake scholarships.”

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About the Beauty Changes Lives: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at http://www.beautychangeslives.org or find us on Facebook.

About Hairdressers at Heart: Stylists are committed to being the best, perfecting their craft with every cut. Wella is here to advance the salon industry, one stylist at a time. Hairdressers at Heart is a program created to help stylists develop their talents throughout their career. Our goal is to be a vital partner to salons, empowering individual stylists and our entire industry. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/HairdressersAtHeart/.

About Coty Inc.: Coty is one of the world’s largest beauty companies with approximately $9 billion in revenue, with a purpose to celebrate and liberate the diversity of consumers’ beauty. Its strong entrepreneurial heritage has created an iconic portfolio of leading beauty brands. Coty is the global leader in fragrance, a strong number two in professional salon hair color & styling, and number three in color cosmetics. Coty operates three divisions – Coty Consumer Beauty, which is focused on color cosmetics, retail hair coloring and styling products, body care and mass fragrances sold primarily in mass retail channels with brands such as COVERGIRL, Max Factor and Rimmel; Coty Luxury, which is focused on prestige fragrances and skincare with brands such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Gucci and philosophy; and Coty Professional Beauty, which is focused on servicing salon owners and professionals in both hair and nail, which brands such as Wella Professionals, Sebastian Professional, and OPI. Coty has approximately 20,000 colleagues globally and its products are sold in over 130 countries. Coty and its brands are committed to a range of social causes as well as seeking to minimize its impact on the environment. For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit http://www.coty.com.

About Sassoon Academy: Sassoon Academy offers its celebrated, industry-leading philosophy and courses worldwide through its renowned Academies, and instructional DVDs and books. All classes are developed and designed to be contemporary, relevant and forward thinking and are delivered with passion, commitment and technical excellence. The aim is to share the knowledge that is gained in the development of our craft and ensure that our students gain real commercial skills from our courses, as well as take away a piece of the culture that created Sassoon. To learn more about Sassoon Academy, visit http://www.sassoon.com or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/SassoonAcademy, Twitter: twitter.com/SassoonAcademy and Instagram: @sassooonacademyofficial

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