‘Shear’ genius lands Hairstyling student gold medal

Hairstyling Techniques and Apprenticeship Coordinator Joe Abbruscato poses with Hairstyling Apprentice student Abby Collver and Hairstyling professor Debra Kay at the ABA Toronto Competition.


A Niagara College Hairstyling student proved she was a cut above the rest at the Toronto Allied Beauty Association Competition in Toronto.

The trade show and competition was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Feb. 28-29.

First year Hairstyling Apprentice (level two) student Ally Collver won a gold medal in New Talent Women’s Trend Cut and Style. Participants in this category were current students or recent graduates from Toronto and surrounding areas who competed for the newest contemporary, modern, well designed and well executed haircut.

“Doing hair for me, is an art. I find it a lot of fun to compete and show how exactly I create my pieces of art,” said Collver, a resident of Wilsonville, Ontario who attends the College’s Niagara Falls Campus. Collver said she believed that competing helps prepare her for her future career. “Everything I learn in competition can be applied in the everyday life at the salon,” she said.

Hairstyling Techniques professor Kris Weaver placed third in Glamourous Evening Makeup. Weaver, a Niagara Falls resident who has worked at Niagara College for more than five years, has competed at in the ABA competition twice in the past, placing among the top 10.

“There were very talented makeup artists participating in this competition and I was honoured to be on stage with them. It’s an exhilarating feeling being up there completing your overall look in front of such a large audience,’ she said. “We highly encourage our students to participate in these competitions and stress the fact that it’s not about placing or winning but the overall experience and bringing your vision to life.”

ABA competitions coordinator and briefer Kelly Kalmbach, of Beauty Bound Competition Consulting, noted that the competition is an excellent showcase of an individual’s talent. “The support Niagara College gives its students and staff, and the encouragement to participate in such activities as our competitions and the Master Judges program, demonstrates amazing support to our industry, and the productions of successful leaders in our industry and worthy employees, and the development of a strong career for the participants,” she said.

Hairstyling program coordinator Joe Abbruscato applauded both Collver and Weaver on their victories, which demonstrated the results of their hard work. “To be recognized as one of the best in Canada, is truly fulfilling. We do not just preach the art of competition, we are also involved and doing quite well at it,” he said. “The Niagara region has been a hot bed of competitors and at Niagara College we give them a platform to showcase their work through many creative forms both in classroom and in the competition world.”

Abbruscato also noted that staff member Marilyn Vendittelli placed among the top five in Canada in the event’s Photo Shoot Competition. Recent NC grads also performed well, including Julia Falvo who won first place in Long Hair, and Page Agostino who won second place in Professional Women’s Trend Cut and Style.

The Allied Beauty Association is Canada’s largest non-for-profit trade organization for the Canadian professional hair and nail beauty supply industry. It represents manufacturers and distributors of professional beauty products and equipment for the use in beauty salons and spas. For info about the competition visit http://www.abacanada.com/the-shows/toronto-aba/

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.




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