Team I.C.A.N. from left: Katie Ann Woods, Brenton Lee, Kristin Bacaycay, Kathryn Hornick, Katey-Bug Browne.
When five young stylists were brought together for serious mentoring, they hopped on the beauty ambassador train. Hear how they did it, why mentoring matters and their best advice to you.
When Kristin Bacaycay took a career turn from teaching to enter cosmetology school, her parents must have been puzzled. After all, there was all that college commitment. And those student loans to repay. But she took the plunge anyway, and at San Diego’s Bellus Academy met Wella Professionals Top Stylist Diego Raviglione, who as the academy’s artistic director was teaching a class on how to enter Wella’s Trend Vision competition.
Seeing the contest as a way to get her foot in the professional door, she entered not concerned if she won or lost. But she did win (gold!) and says the trophy came with a second prize: it opened her eyes big time. “I had no idea how big a career in beauty could be,” says Bacaycay. “I was so stoked, being on stage. Then I got to go to the International Trend Vision competition in New York. Seeing people from all over the country sharing the same passion for hair was mind blowing.”
“There is no negative to entering competitions,” says Brenton Lee. “When you enter, always think about how you can create the newest and latest trends to beat your competitors. I learned so much regarding how to build speed and do great technical work.” The best was yet to come: she had brought her entire family to Trend Vision, and “They get it now; they are so proud.” Not to mention, today she’s one of the five members of Team I.C.A.N., who are steamrolling their way to success.
Yes You Can
The driving force behind the creation of Team I.C.A.N. (Integrity, Courage, Ambition, Next), Wella’s Creative Director Fabio Sementilli, wanted to prove that a career in hairdressing was amazing, and that young hairdressers can realize their dreams. Team members were selected based on possessing a great attitude and superior skills, being a recent beauty school graduate (within the last two years) and having been a finalist in and/ or having won a Wella competition in the past two years. They also had to be younger than 30.
Today, Team I.C.A.N is a dynamic mix of young, passionate hairdressers with drive and talent. Under the tutelage of Sementilli, Raviglione and Wella’s North America Education Director, Carole Protat, they have presented on stage at NAHA, participated in the corporation’s CONNECT event, taken part in an editorial photo shoot and now, appeared on the cover of this month’s FIRST CHAIR.