Mitsu Sato stepped into the beauty industry 35 years ago, and at that time, there were no opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills in a competitive realm. Mr. Sato felt that students really needed to have a comparative edge through competition to become better hairdressers. That is where his inspiration came from for the Best of the Metro Student Hair Competition. According to Mr. Sato, “In the long run, participating in events like this will make
them much better at their craft.”
There is much discussion among professionals that NAHA is so highly respected and where stylists look to for
improvement in their skills. Mr. Sato thought, “Why not provide this same type of opportunity to them while they are in school?” So, that is what he did. The Best of the Metro Student Hair Competition brought students together from a variety of schools to compete and showcase their talents!
Mr. Sato’s vision came to life, July 22nd, when Mitsu Sato Hair Academy partnered with State Beauty Supply to hold the very first ever, Best of the Metro Student Stylist Competition. When State Beauty Supply was approached with the idea, they jumped at the opportunity to be the main sponsor. “We love students and we love events like this!” said Jeff Netzer of State Beauty Supply.
The competition was broken down into four categories: Pin-Up, Avant Garde, Bridal, and Haircutting. The first three categories lasted two hours and competitors were required to complete the entire look, hair and make-up during this time. The haircutting category lasted an hour and competitors were required to perform a graduated bob. In order to participate, competitors also had to bring their own model to use during the competition.
There were three judges, James Pillatzke of Pinkie Couture, Melissa Blayton of Blaytonly Beautiful Cosmetics and Cliff Richardson of Affinity Salon, that determined the winners of each catogory. The winner of each category was awarded a prize from State Beauty Supply. The winner of the Avant Garde category was MSHA student, Lichelle Leapheart. She was awarded a Chi Orbit. The winner of the Pin-Up Category was Samantha Trombino, and she received a Chi Flat Iron. The Bridal winner was Ashton Istas and she was awarded Chi Hair Dryer. MSHA student, Audrey Barnhart won the Haircutting category and received Chi Shears. The top make-up winner was awarded a make-up belt from Blaytonly Obvious Cosmetics. The top two overall scores from the day went to MSHA students, Audrey Barnhard and Samantha Trombino. They will have the opportunity to participate in a private portfolio workshop and photo shoot with Melissa Blayton from Blaytonly Obvious Cosmetics. Lastly, but certainly not least was our overall top score, MSHA’s own Audrey Barnhart. From our sponsor, Vidal Sassoon, she earned a 5-Day Hair Cutting Class at the VidalSassoonAcademy and a $50 gift certificate from Blaytonly Obvious Cosmetics.
The Best of the Metro Student Hair Competition was an amazing even,t and MSHA and State Beauty Supply are excited to see how this event will grow over the next few years.