It’s that time of year again.

Next month one of the biggest events in the hair industry – the North American Trend Vision Awards (NATVA) – will take place in the land where dreams come true – Los Angeles.

Every year we do a feature on this competition – it’s my favorite award show. It has evolved over the years and the talent just gets better and better.

For those of you who follow our blog, you know that I have an immense respect for hair stylists and the craft of hairdressing.  I consider the avante garde looks they create art. In fact, I have some hanging on the walls of my home.

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Last month, the 15 semi-finalists in both the Creative Vision and Color Vision category, whose entries are picture below, convened in Toronto for the Canadian Trend Vision Awards.

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Seven finalist from each category were announced and will join the 2017 student finalist to represent Canada at NATVA.

Wella Professionals 2017 TrendVision  Color Vision Finalists

Arielle Campbell, Texture Hair Salon, Ottawa, ON
John Carreiro, Carreiro The Studio, Victoria, B.C.
Kimberly Labonte, Texture Hair Salon, Ottawa, ON
Tatiana Shevtsova, Attivo Salon, Burlington, ON
Eryn Wall, The Headroom Salon, St. John’s, NFLD
Regan Wasson, Texture Hair Salon, Ottawa, ON
Jerica Wentzell, Pandemonium Salon, Sudbury, ON

Wella Professionals 2017 TrendVision Creative Vision Finalists

Savanna Chiodo, Jet Black Hair & Studio, Ottawa, ON
Daniel Grieco, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, ON
Christine Khazzaka, Studio Me Hair Design, Ottawa, ON
Suzanne Pack, Studio Me Hair Design, Ottawa, ON
Cristina Prioletta, Salon Augustin, Montreal, QC
Kelsey Sebo, Ivory Noir Salon, Edmonton, Alberta

Wella Professionals 2017 TrendVision Student Canadian Finalists

Aliyyah Phady, Marvel Beauty School
Sandra Du, Texture Hair Salon, Ottawa, ON
Michael Kane, The Headroom Salon,  St. John’s, NFLD
Kim Turner, Voodoo Hair Studio,  St. Albert, Alberta
Shawna Leister, MC College

Ottawa: The Hair Capital of Canada

This year Ottawa is sending seven finalist to NATVA. It’s really amazing when you stop and think about it!

Texture Hair Salon, a familiar face to this competition, has four stylists heading to L.A. The salon has established itself as a mecca for Canadian talent in the hair industry.

Christine Khazzaka and Suzanne Pack, who went all the way to the International Trend Vision Awards last year, will be heading to NATVA as well, along with Jet Black Hair & Studio‘s Savanna Chiodo.

These seven are proof of the immense talent our city has to offer.

Canadian Philip Ferreira, won gold in the color category in 2012 at the International Trend Vision Awards. With Canada 150 – this may be our lucky year to repeat.