On June 10, the Battle of the Salons was held at Tricky Falls Event Center in downtown El Paso. This is an event were licensed professionals compete against each other to win a spot at the national competition.
(L-R) Berenice Avina, Adriana Workman, Britney Gomez, Instructor Reynaldo Beanes III, Sherri Salcido, Nancy Salas, Andrea Talley & Jasmine Maddox.
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The only school that was invited to the event was the Milan Institute of Cosmetology and the instructor in charge of the competing students is Reynaldo Beanes III, an EPCC graduate of the class of 2013.
The 23-year-old instructor of only two months at the time managed to take some of his students to the competition.
After they received the invitation to the Battle of the Salons, Milan Institute had a similar event at their school to see which students would be the ones to represent the school at the event.
The eight finalists were Sherri Salcido, Andrea Talley, Bernice Avina, Britney Gomez, Nancy Salas, Yvette Rocha, Adriana Workman and Jasmine Maddox.
“We are a team with very independent women with a very independent leader as myself... we knew we had to bring everything we had because the other competitors had experience,” Beanes said.
A total of six salons competed that day and the Milan Institute team were the first ones to open the event and walk their models wearing their creations on the stage.
“This was a great opportunity that allowed my students to be creative and show what they got,” Beanes stated.
The Milan Institute is one of the first schools to ever place first and win their chance to participate at Nationals in Las Vegas. “When they announced that we won first place I couldn’t believe it, I had so many emotions but most importantly I was feeling super proud of my team… we had a hard time getting all the costumes together because we had to balance our time between school and the students’ jobs or family time… it was really a team effort what really made this project to be a total success,” Beanes said.
They have started preparing for the next competition to win the title of America’s Top Salon and will not only represent El Paso, Texas but the United States as well.
They will be hosting fundraisers and will be accepting any donations to help with the expenses while they stay in Las Vegas.