Congratulations to the winner of this quarters’ Cut Above Contest, Hailey Chenault from our TONI&GUY Atlanta Academy !

The Cut Above is a quarterly, nationwide competition that challenges our students technically and creatively. Every competition takes a new approach to hairdressing by incorporating the students’ newly learned skills and puts their vision to the test.

For the Q3 contest we asked students to share a designer from the September 2020 (Spring 2021 Collection) NYFW that inspired them, and to create a 1 minute video answering the question, “What is it about your concept that you feel captures the overall feeling for the stated inspiration?”

Students were then asked to create a mood board of 2- 5 images, including photos of their inspiration and their work on a mannequin head showing the look. To complete the entry students were asked to upload their video and images to Instagram and tag @toniguyusa, #toniguyusa, #tgcutaboveq4, and #academyusa.

We spoke with our studio team to discuss why they felt Hailey was the best pick. Not only did Hailey have the 3 C’s, Concept, Creativity, and Construction, but she was also able to successfully take the designers collection and create her own unique concept. The creativity and construction of her piece impeccably reflects her feelings towards the collection.

“I chose her because she took her inspiration from the theory/concept of the collection, and created something unique based off of that instead of just mimicking the actual hair looks that were presented on the runway; also, her look is really difficult to create and I am thoroughly impressed with her execution.”

– Austin Finley, TONI&GUY Creative Director

As the winner of our Cut Above Contest, Hailey will receive a TONI&GUY Tool Kit which includes a backpack, gold scissors, YS Park Combs, Round Brushes and a Paddle Brush.

We look forward to seeing what amazing looks this winning student will create with her new tool kit. Best of luck and congratulations, Hailey!

To see Hailey’s winning post, click ​here​.