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We first met the amazing Richelle Evans at the Wella LA Studios while taking the Sebastian “Infinite Possibilities” editorial class… And have been stalking her ever since! A graduate from Sassoon, with a heart of gold, she stepped away from her Beverly Hills salon chair to volunteer in helping rebuild the salons and spas that were tragically destroyed by the hurricane. Upon her return she became a platform artists for The Hair Doc Company then landing her position as an Educator at the Wella Studio LA and has been molding stylists minds ever since! Richelle was kind enough to share her Connect experience to give all you #HairNerds a real inside look into the #WellaLife We hope you enjoy! ~ The Hair Nerds xo

 Ready, Set, Go…

The butterflies began while I was packing… Do I have all of my tools? Can I carry all of these bags? And coming to the realization that there is no such thing as “too many pairs of shoes.”

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 The biggest feat was trying to fit everything in my car!

Checking into The Mirage was no simple task simply because there were hairdressers sprinkled throughout the hotel and there were too many familiar faces to pass by without a hug. After dropping off my bags, I hopped into a cab and headed directly to my first event, a VIP event at Tryst at the Wynn.

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Four curl sets, two blowouts, one haircut, and multiple styles later… we were ready for show time.

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I was introduced by the man himself, Fabio Sementilli, along with my teammate, Josh Calderon, and our manager, Don Haidl. We were so proud of our looks representing all of the fabulous brands.

As exciting as VIP events are, we were whisked away once again to the main event… CONNECT OPENING SHOW!

Clairol and Color Charm excited us with radiant shine and brilliant tones on their models. Wella gave a sneak-peek into the new Color I.D. – no foils, no boundaries, no limits! Nioxin really heated things up with their shirtless- male-model presentation (whew!).

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Sebastian rounded out the show with a killer preview of their latest collection and the new Cellophanes shades.

The inspiration didn’t end there… the glamorous opening ceremony was followed by three days of extensive training. Each design team had a private room led by Curriculum Team members and Top Artists! Every day was filled with hands-on and techniques, every night was filled with red carpets and bottomless drinks – it was incredibly exciting to say the least!

The Perfect Ending…

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The week closed out with the much anticipated North American Trend Vision Awards. In true Las Vegas fashion, the show opened with a live performance by the infamous “rat pack”. Stylists were entertained by one of the most progressive hairdressers in our industry, Dmitriy Vinokurov, and intrigued by the Sebastian models presented by Creative Director, Michael Polsinelli. Sassoon’s Creative Team showed what it takes to compete in the big leagues and then it was time for the awards.

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The crowd erupted as each winner was announced. Stylists hugged, clinking their wine glasses in approval.

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CONNECT was a week I will never forget: filled with joy, creativity, and inspiration. Every detail was truly best-in-class. The education received and the friendships formed at CONNECT prove what Wella Professionals is all about… Hairdressers at Heart.

 

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