Douglas J Finalist in North American Hairstyling Awards
Douglas J Salons Announce Finalist for NAHA Newcomer Stylist of the Year Award
(OKEMOS) May 20, 2016: Serene Barlond, a Douglas J Salon stylist, was named a finalist in the category of Newcomer Stylist of the Year in the 2016 North American Hairstylist Awards (NAHA). The annual star-studded awards ceremony features the industry’s leading talent showcasing their artistic presentations and the hottest trends on the runway.
Barlond, a 2013 graduate of Douglas J Aveda Institute, says her inspiration was very personal, “I just learned I might have Viking ancestry so I began learning about the heritage. And after watching an episode of Game of Thrones, I discovered an interesting fact — the number of braids the tribal leaders wore the represented each war they conquered. This became the inspiration for my entry, playing off the braids and textures and rawness.
She accomplished her goal with the help of TJ Weaver, Creative Director and Vice President/Owner of Douglas J Companies, as well as Jason Nash, Art Director of Douglas J Salons and professional photographer, Babak, who opened her eyes to bringing things to life through the world of photography.
She explains, “Everyday, I’m amazed at what can be accomplished and it’s rewarding to demonstrate to others outside this industry that there is tremendous success beyond traditional careers. I love working at Douglas J Salons, they push me outside of my comfort zone. TJ has been a big influence and I see my career continuing to progress here and plan to push myself with more competitions.”
In addition to Barlond, Douglas J also boasts their entries for two additional Newcomer Stylist of the Year, Contemporary Classic by TJ Weaver and Salon Team directed by Jason Nash.
The North American Hairstyling Awards is the industry’s preeminent photographic beauty competition. NAHA honors the professional salon industry’s most talented and cutting-edge artists in 14 distinct categories of excellence. NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event.
About Douglas J Companies
Recognized as a leader in the Salon and Spa Industry for over 49 years, the Douglas J family of companies is known for excellence in technical, creative in salon business and education as well as providing the highest level of service to their guests and commitment to community. Douglas J Companies has 9 locations including Aveda Institutes, Aveda Concept Salons and their Aveda Salon & Spa in Okemos, Michigan. They offer a complete menu of services in hair design and color, skin care, nail and massage therapy.
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