PRLog - Nov. 21, 2012 - MESA, Ariz. -- Michael Ladd, a part-time receptionist and full-time, night student at International Academy of Hair Design, 9617 N. Metro Parkway in Metro Center Shopping Center in Phoenix, proved he is one talented lad when he captured first place for his bridal updo entry at the Educational Forum’s Student Hair Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ladd, a north Phoenix resident, created a natural-looking, flaxen-haired updo for his mannequin and accented it with ivory-colored feathers and beads. The mannequin’s makeup was blended seamlessly with an elegant, yet sophisticated peaches and cream skin tone and sparkling cyan eye shadow to accentuate the eyes.
The contestants in the bridal updo category were encouraged to pull out the stops on their themed entry to create a hair and makeup idea on a mannequin that would wow the judges, spectators and fellow students. Each entry was judged based on creativity, originality, innovation, color and theme.
“Michael is a talented, hard-working student who takes his education very seriously,” said Alicia Sheren, director of International Academy of Hair Design in Metro Center Mall. “It was the first year we were able to send students to the Educational Forum in Texas, and we couldn’t be prouder of the award-winning result.”
The school also placed fifth place in the three-person team event with the mermaid-inspired Mermaid entry created by Bernetta Meadows, Chrisie Inocencio, Trinity Sanchez and student model Lindsey Turzo. Inocencio and Sanchez recently graduated from the award-winning cosmetology school.
In an effort to help the students travel to Fort Worth for the competition the school hosted car washes and other fund-raising events. It is the first year the Phoenix cosmetology school has competed at the Educational Forum and Trade Show, which invites more than 20 schools from Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas to compete.
International Academy of Hair Design is a cosmetology school that provides students with a distinguished environment that mirrors many of the upscale salons that will employ IAHD graduates after they complete school and earn their cosmetology license.
“Cosmetology is a great career that affords stylists flexibility and creativity in their work environment, as well as the opportunity to help people look and feel good,” said Margie Wisniski, vice president of operations. “We invite anyone interested in learning more to make an appointment and take a tour of our schools and see what sets them apart from the rest.”
According to a U.S. News and World Report hairdresser is cited as one of the best jobs of 2012. In a March 21, 2012 article in USA Today, beauty salon sales grew 5.4 %.4 in the last two years vs. a 2.3% sales increase in 2009. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of 15.7% employment growth expected by 2020, the future of hair salons and the future of hair stylists should continue to grow.
In addition to the award-winning cosmetology school in Metro Center the company owns and operates IAHD schools in Mesa, Tempe and West Phoenix, Olympian University in New Mexico, ITS Academy of Beauty schools in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as Hair Benders Academy in Longwood, Florida.
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