Redken Next Big Thing Award Winners

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Redken Announces The Six Winners Of The Next Big Thing Award

27 August 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

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As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Earlier this summer, Redken invited hair stylists from all over the country to enter their Next Big Thing contest in hopes of winning a killer grand prize. To participate in the competition, each stylist had to create three different hairstyles depicting Redken’s three challenge theme’s which were: transformative hair, machinist, and icons. To be considered, each participant had to follow @Redken on Instagram, upload a photo or video of each themed style to Instagram, tag @Redken, and use the hashtag #RedkenNBT.

The six Redken artists with the highest overall scores had the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles filled with fun activities and the opportunity to style the finalists of the NYX Face Awards. After weeks of combing through countless entries, Redken has finally announced the six winners!

Bri-Anna Burkey (@breeburkey_redkenartist)

“I have been in the beauty industry going on five years now and part of the Redken Tribe for a little over a year and loving every second of it. My passions are healthy beautiful hair, updos and always making sure my client is educated about their hair and keeping it as healthy as possible.”

Laura Frazier (@hairzillaa)

“I have been on my journey behind the chair for ten years, and a Redken Artist for two. Along this journey, I have been published with 7Hues magazine and Bangstyle as a supreme among other industry-leading forums. As a New Jersey Native now full time in the salon in Charleston, SC I am licensed in multiple states as a cosmetologist and barber. Along with being a leader in my salon, 843 Beauty Collective, I am the Educational Director looking forward to also being a mentor to associates while representing my Redken Brand nationally. As for the future, I look forward to pursuing my goal as an Exchange Facilitator in NYC and will be supporting the Hot Off the Press team at Symposium 2019.”

Jaclyn Harwood (@jaclynharwood)

Jaclyn Harwood is a hairstylist and creative colorist driven by inspiration, passion, and education. Her work is featured on multiple digital platforms, blog posts and industry-focused publications like American Salon, Allure, New Beauty Magazine, and Modern Salon. Jaclyn is a Redken Certified Colorist and Designer inspired by fashion, travel, street art, music, and architecture. She brings a humble approach to salon education, holds a Bachelor's degree from UCLA, has an extensive background in business, and shares an authentic love for the industry.

Kyle Pinneo (@kyle.redken)

Kyle has won the Redken NBT contest two years in a row! Kyle has been a National Redken Artist for three years out of Lincoln, Nebraska with a passion for color and the chemistry behind it. Kyle’s work has been recognized by Redken, Sam Villa, Modern Salon, American Salon, Behind the Chair, Beauty Launchpad, Bang Style, The Hair Nerds and Hot on Beauty. Kyle has also gained a large social following after a beard styling video he posted went viral.

Karla Valenzuela (

Karla Valenzuela is a new Redken Artist as of 2017. She’s been a hairstylist since 2009 in Chandler, AZ. Her creativity and inspiration for vivid colors and braids come from art and festivals.

Brittany VanDyke (@britblends)

Brittany calls Joplin, MO home and has been behind the chair for 11 years and a Redken Artist for two. You’ll find a lot of blonding, soft melted color, and textured polished finishes on her Instagram @britblends where she often shares formulas and how to’s..

Check back for an exclusive look at the styles created by the finalists for the NYX Face Awards!

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