Battle of the Strands at the AACS Spring Conference

By Lauren Quick | 05/19/2014 3:47:00 PM


May 3-4, 2014 at Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, was the spring American Association of Cosmetology School (AACS) Conference and the first every student qualifying round for Battle of the Strands hair competition.

Students from four area cosmetology schools entered five teams for the preliminary rounds for the chance at participating in the final rounds of Battle of the Strands student competition in Las Vegas, October 2014.

The theme was West Meets Avant Garde, and teams competed and were judged on hair, make-up, nails and fashion. There was a range of out-of-the-box styling from Corn Flakes body art to crocheted hair molded into a desert rose. D'Image Beauty College Avondale, D'Image Beauty College Phoenix, First Class Demeanor (Avalon School of Cosmetology, Phoenix Campus), Team Edge (The Studio Academy of Beauty) and Team Zephyrus (Avalon School of Cosmetology, Mesa Campus) all competed.

Judges chose First Class Demeanor, led by Kristopher Johnson, and Team Edge, led by Celina Garcia, to move forward in the competition in Las Vegas, and attendees and exhibitors chose Zephyrus, led by Adrian Manzo, to advance as well.

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Lauren Quick, Assistant Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair

Lauren has been Assistant Editor since January 2014. Lauren attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is an avid Tigers fan. Her emphasis area was magazine journalism, specifically editing, and she obtained minors in sociology and Spanish. Lauren was a department and web editor for Vox magazine and a reporter for the Columbia Missourian newspaper before she worked at Modern Salon.

She grew up in Springfield, Mo., and now lives in the Chicago area with her wheaten terrier, Lucy. You can e-mail Lauren at or connect on Google+.


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