The WireFebruary 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
SportClips Brings Holiday Cheer
Hundreds of SportClips locations nationwide participated in a cut-a-thon called "The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year," helping raise a total of $80,000 for the Veterans of Foreign War's (VFW) Operation Uplink Program, which keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones. Thanks to the donation, many service men stationed at military bases overseas were given the opportunity to make phone calls home during the holiday season. "I know how important it is to hear the voices of loved ones when you are overseas for months at a time," says Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of SportClips and a veteran himself, at a check presentation in the VFW Texas headquarters. "It's our honor and privilege to make this a holiday gift for those who are selflessly serving our country." —N.P.
Presentation attendee Karen Maxton, Sport Clips founder and CEO Gordon Logan, Sergeant Joseph Meller and James E. Nier, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission.
Frédéric Fekkai Announces Contest Winners
Überstylist Frédéric Fekkai recently announced the winners of his "Train to Be a Star Stylist" contest, which ran exclusively in American Salon and gave stylists and colorists the chance to gain the skills necessary to advance in the haircare industry. The judging panel, whose ranks included Fekkai, Vice President of Salons Kimberly Callet, Vice President of Human Resources Shari Garfinkel, Public Relations Consultant Beth Klein and Human Resources Representative Jodi Heir, poured through the entries, reading the 500-word essays and assessing color photos and tear sheets of inspirational looks that each entrant was required to submit.
The panel named Vernon Miller of Sanderson State Street salon in Clarks Summit, PA, the first-prize winner. He received training with Fekkai and his team, a three-day intensive workshop at the Frédéric Fekkai 5th Avenue Salon in Manhattan, complimentary salon services, roundtrip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two. Second-place honors went to Magnolia Allen of SoHo Salon and Studio in Destin, FL, who won a one-and-a-half-day intensive training workshop at Frédéric Fekkai 5th Avenue Salon, a half-day of complimentary services, roundtrip airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations for two. Amelia Hovan of Amelia's Salon in Merrimac, MA, and Keslie Johnson of Grow Salon in Seattle, WA, tied for third place. Both received Fekkai products valued at $500. —K.D.
Redken Announces New Shades EQ Contest
Redken wants to hear about your Shades EQ experience. From February 1–June 30, visit doyoushadeseq.com to see videos from Redken artists and salon professionals. Then upload your own video explaining why you love Shades EQ. No fancy equipment or editing skills required—casual YouTube-style videos are exactly what the company says it's looking for. Topics to consider include: the first time you used Shades EQ, your biggest Shades EQ success story, how Shades EQ helped grow your business and what your clients love about their color after a Shades EQ service.
During the month of July, a panel of Redken judges will select their five favorite videos. Beginning in August, the public will then vote on their favorite two videos from those five. If your video is one of the two grand-prize winners, you'll receive a free three day/two night trip to New York City to participate in a professional photo shoot with your favorite Redken artist, which will be featured in the pages of this magazine.
For more information and official rules, visit doyoushadeseq.com/rules. —C.W.