Paul Mitchell Schools Produce 40 of 100 Beacon Winnersby Paul Mitchell Schools on 12/3/2007
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced the results of its annual Beacon competition, and 40 of the 100 winners came from Paul Mitchell Beauty Schools!
Beacon winners receive free tuition to The Salon Association's Symposium 12, valued at $799, where they have the opportunity to network with some of the most successful salon and spa owners in the industry. "Because these Future Professionals said yes and entered Beacon, they're going to have a five-year jump on their careers," says Paul Mitchell School Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh.
Jan Weyant-Hamel, a Beacon winner from Paul Mitchell The School – Rhode Island, says, "I can't tell you how excited I am to have this opportunity to meet, listen to, and learn from successful salon business owners across the country." Jan's winning entry was a business plan for a wellness center, complete with an organic juice and food bar, Internet cafe, and child care center for guests and staff.
Rubi Jones, one of the five winners from Paul Mitchell The School – Provo, plans to move to New York after graduation. "Beacon is the perfect opportunity for me to network with professionals from Manhattan," Rubi says. Her winning idea featured vinyl stickers showing a variety of hairstyles for display on salon windows, accompanied by Rubi's contact information. When people pass by and look in the window, they see their reflection with a new hairstyle.
Alicia Lakhansingh from Paul Mitchell The School – Atlanta wanted to create a piece about expressing inner passion through appearance. "At one point, tears were rolling down my face because I thought I could not carry out my vision," she says. Her Learning Leader reminded her that creative people sometimes get frustrated because they may not know the techniques they need to execute their ideas. After their conversation, Alicia paid closer attention to "the little things" in class and watched the Paul Mitchell DVDs. "Whether or not I was chosen, I was a true winner," Alicia says. Because of her Beacon project, she experimented with block color before taking the class, learned advanced cutting techniques ahead of her peers, and even tried a heat and gel technique that caused a fire at her school. "I am so excited to have taken one of the biggest risks of my life and followed my true passion," Alicia says. "I am preparing for one of the best and rewarding jobs in the world!"