August 2008

Chelsea Vittorio Named Student Hairstylist of the Year

It was a thrilling night in Las Vegas. Over 600 applicants had applied to the North American Hairstyling Awards, and the finalists were all present at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, hoping their name would be called as the winner.

Chelsea Vittorio

Frederic Holzberger, founder of Aveda Fredric’s Institute (AFI), Chelsea Vittorio and Julie Holzberger, Co-founder and Director of the AFI.

Chelsea Vittorio graduated from the Aveda Fredric’s Institute in Indianapolis and when the sealed envelope was finally opened, it was the second year in a row that a student from that school was announced the winner.

In winning the North American Hairstyling Awards’ “Student Hairstylist of the Year” award, Vittorio was granted the beauty industry’s equivalent of an Academy Awards Oscar statuette.

“What a way to begin your career,” said Vittorio, who thanked Frederic and Julie Holzberger, co-founders of the school, for providing excellent guidance, sponsorship and the opportunity to apply to the competition. She also thanked stylists Daniel Holzberger and Sevin Vee who helped her coordinate the photo shoot, Babak her photographer, and internationally acclaimed stylist Antoinette Beenders for her inspiration.

Chelsea’s mother, who attended the event with her, revealed that her daughter had turned down a full athletic scholarship to Purdue University in order to pursue her dream of becoming a hairdresser. Chelsea currently works at the Natural Oasis salon in Spring Hill, a suburb of Nashville.

In order to be considered for this award, applicants have to submit a collection of professional photographs displaying creativity, versatility and expertise in hairstyling. North American Hairstyling Awards sets the standard for stylist achievement.

A panel of top stylists and beauty editors from consumer and trade magazines carries out the judging process. And it’s not just about the hair. Judges also look at the art direction, the composition of the photos, the concept or overall creative approach and whether harmony exists between the photographer’s execution and the stylist’s creativity.

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