Students in Raritan Valley Community College’s Cosmetology program have won the national “Trade Secrets of a Hair Color Expert Theory Contest.”

The competition, designed specifically for students, is presented by Product Club and Burmax, a leading provider of color accessories to beauty schools and professional salons.

RVCC students, Jacqueline Siguencia, Morgan Weaver, Melanie Ibarra, Hannah Burd, Layani Brown, Octavia Williams and Brianna Murray, were required to formulate hair color for three different outcomes based on the competition’s guidelines. Working on mannequins, they then had to style the hair and describe the steps they took to achieve the desired results.

Twenty-five cosmetology schools throughout the United States entered submissions for the competition. For their prize, the RVCC students received an advanced color class with world renowned hair color educator David Velasco, author of the “Trade Secrets of a Hair Color Expert” education series, and Adrienne Rogers, artistic director for Product Club and owner of Hush Salon in Philadelphia.

The next session of RVCC’s daytime Cosmetology program will run March 13, 2023, to January 18, 2024. Classes will be held Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Amy Layton at amy.layton@raritanval.edu or 908-526-1200, ext. 8618, or visit https://www.raritanval.edu/career-training/career-training-programs/cosmetology.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.


Photo caption: From left are Amy Layton, RVCC beauty programs coordinator; Melanie Silvestre, Burmax; cosmetology instructor Katie Bayachek; RVCC students Morgan Weaver and Hannah Burd; Adrienne Rogers, artistic director for Product Club; RVCC student Jacqueline Siguencia; hair color educator David Velasco, author of the “Trade Secrets of a Hair Color Expert” education series; and RVCC student Melanie Ibarra. Photo courtesy of RVCC.