Aveda’s Best New Artists
At the Dare to Dream event for stylists and salon owners, held June 24-25 in St. Petersburg, Florida, the very first Best New Aveda Artist Awards also took place.
The awards, including a special Dreamer’s Choice award, were presented in the evening after the first day of the conference.
Finalists’ submissions for Dreamer’s Choice were printed and given to Dare to Dream attendees to vote on during the day, and the winner, Millie Norman of Athena Salon, won $1,000 toward Aveda education in Florida.
“Winning the award was nothing short of a dream,” Norman said. “My transformation of Wayne, our salon photographer, was truly a humbling experience. He was attending a wedding and needed an updated look.
I was so thrilled and honored to receive votes from my colleagues and peers!”
The People’s Choice award was another special honor, chosen by the most likes on Instagram. Zella Kilgore of Salon Dulay took home the win and a free ticket to Aveda Congress.
“I’m beyond thrilled that I was able to represent Salon Dulay and win in the social media category,” she says. “I chose the image I used because it reminds me of why I wanted to do hair in the first place. It was such a big transformation for my client, and I’m glad I could help her choose the perfect cut. I was able to make her feel beautiful and confident.”
Along with Dreamer’s Choice and People’s Choice, winners were chosen by the Aveda Artistic Team in the following categories: Men, Texture, Color, Makeup and Creative Cut. Winners received a free ticket to Aveda Congress.
Alaina Barnes, of Bella Capelli Sanctuario, won in the Men’s category.
“Knowing that the Aveda Artistic Team chose my work was truly inspiring.
Being chosen by such a remarkable group of artists inspires me to keep following my passion and vision by bettering my work each day.
And choosing the men’s category was a no-brainer. Since the day I started at the Aveda Institute I was drawn to men’s hair. I’ve worked and educated myself in the men’s arena, which led me to Dare to Dream!”
Jade Minor of Salon Norrell said she did not expect to win in the Color category when she saw her impressive competition.
“I had just graduated from the Aveda Institute Tampa Bay a couple weeks prior to Dare to Dream and was flattered just to be nominated,” she said. “Color is one of my true passions—I have a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, so color theory and composition have always been a part of my life. Applying it to hair turned out to be a natural transition.”
Aveda’s Best New Artists
With the exception of Stylist Choice and Social Media, the winners were chosen by the Aveda Artistic Team.
Dreamer’s Choice (Dare to Dream attendees’ choice): Millie Norman, Athena Salon: Tallahassee, Florida
People’s Choice (Instagram likes): Zella Kilgore, Salon Dulay: Windermere, Florida
Men’s: Alaina Barnes, Bella Capelli Sanctuario: Westlake, Ohio
Texture: Charis Thompson, Avantgarde Salon • Spa: Pensacola, Florida
Creative Cut: Antonio Ramos, Panache: Jacksonville, Florida
Color: Jade Minor, Salon Norrell: Tampa, Florida
Makeup: Tatiana Ledesma, Pyure Salon: Coconut Creek, Florida