HOUSTON (April 7, 2014) – Jose Longoria of San Antonio created the winning style in Sport Clips’ “The Look” national stylist competition on Tuesday. He was among six Sport Clips stylists from the franchises’ 11,000+ professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada invited to the company’s national meeting to showcase their all-star haircutting skills and creativity in the annual competition. “Our stylists are skilled at creating the looks guys are sporting all across the country, and this competition allows them to really demonstrate their talent,” says Julie Vargas, Sport Clips’ director of Career Opportunities. The competition was hosted by Julian Perlingiero, Sport Clips’ artistic consultant, and Area Coach Desiree Weaver. Tommy Callahan of JPMS, Adriana Fournier of American Crew, Jason Schwind of Nioxin and Rafe Hardy of Sexy Hair judged results after finalists cut and created looks on models’ hair in front of the company’s 2,200 National Huddle meeting attendees.
Sport Clips is the nation’s leader in men’s and boys’ hair care with more than 1,175 stores. Licensed stylists throughout the Sport Clips system receive on-going training around the latest looks and the techniques and products used to achieve them. Styles repped at this year’s competition include: faded comb-over with a hard part; slicked back, blended and pushed forward sides; clean-cut, sleek; classic with hard part; sleek, but textured; and, the winning style, classic pompadour with a deep side part. Each stylist was judged on how he or she followed the Sport Clips All Star Haircutting System; ability to adapt to model and Sport Clips clients; overall finished design; and interview with judges.
Sport Clips Haircuts “The Look” National Stylist Competition:
- Winner – Jose Longoria – San Antonio, TX – $2,500 and hairstyling tools
- 2nd place (runner up) – Cristina Sales – Las Vegas, NV – $1,500 and hairstyling tools
- 3rd place – Danielle Clewlow – London, Ontario Canada – $1,000 and hairstyling tools
- Honorable Mention – Danielle Allemand – Summerville, SC – $500 and hairstyling tools
- Honorable Mention – Teri Telega – Poland, OH – $500 and hairstyling tools
- Honorable Mention – Ashley Gream – Champaign, IL – $500 and hairstyling tools
Longoria was selected as “The Look” competition winner. He describes his winning style as “Classic ‘Mad Men’ pompadour with a deep side party that’s suitable for more clients.” Longoria used Mitch Clean Cut and Hardwired products to finish off the style. He says he’s been cutting hair since he was young and decided to pursue it as a profession.
As runner-up in the competition, Sales created a “classic look and modernized it with a hard part.” She began doing hair for friends and followed her passion for it after a friend told her “there’s a school for it as a profession!”
Clewlow, the first The Look finalist from Canada, created a “sleek, but texturized low maintenance” style and finished it with Mitch Barber’s Classic. She entered the hairstyling profession on a whim, and it turned into a career.
Honorable mentions went to Allemand’s faded comb-over with a hard part; Telega’s slicked back, blended and pushed forward on the sides look; and Gream’s clean cut, sleek look. Allemand and Telega both grew up in families of stylists, while Gream turned doing friends’ hair into a profession, and it was a friend who inspired the style she brought to The Look competition.
All finalists received travel and hotel accommodations in Houston for the event.
About Sport Clips Haircuts
Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and started franchising in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 40 in the “Franchise 500.” There are currently over 1,200 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “Top Franchises for Veterans” by Franchise Business Review. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised more than $2 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler, and Drew Herring, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.