Faces of the Battle


Top Teams, 2012

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Champions of 2012 & Best Hair Design (Sexy Hair Award)

Glam Alliance
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Members: Andrew Schmitz, Brenda Torre, Crystal Mitchell
Glam Alliance represented the land of 10,000 lakes in the Battle of the Strands and did them proud. Highly regarded as the insider beauty team in the Twin Cities, the trio reminded the nation that the creative talent in Minnesota is not to be ignored. Together, they have a very long list of celebrity clients and more than 30 years experience working in film, television, print and special events. Armed with these qualifications and an abundance of passion, they came to battle, and emerged victorious. As the 2012 Champions, they are enjoying their role as ambassadors for the most extreme hair and make-up competition in the world.

Top finalist, Best Mastery In Makeup (Bhumi Award) & People’s Choice Award
Omaha, Nebraska
Members: Carol Cole Lapole, Omar, Rodriquez, Tiffany Welch, Kristina Lee
Fringes Midwest work ethic, as well as their star-studded talent has taken them from Nebraska to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between. Members have appeared on MTV, regularly seen at LA fashion week and been on tour with Ricky Martin. Now that’s inspiring from a team smack dab in the Middle of the United States!

Top finalist, Best In Color (Schwarzkopf Award)
Body Spa Salon
Las Vegas, Nevada
Members: Jessica Taylor, Felix McShan, Jeremy Mihelich
One of Las Vegas’s largest salons will surely standout at The Battle! Specialty color and cutting is their passion in this desert salon success. This team took first place at a major hair showdown, beating all other Sin City competitors and holding the current title. Woo showdown Vegas style!

Top finalist
Clark Russell Salon
San Francisco, California
Members: Clark Russell, Jeffrey Lotspeich, Anje Mayma, Brenda Agcaoili
A fierce and eclectic team the personalities enhance the true strength and quality of these creators. Working with the most elite of celebrity clientele and regularly appearing at major media events. Definitely making things happen while being tongue in cheek! Elegance extravaganza!

Top finalist
Mile High Magic
Denver, Colorado
Members: Ed Gillespie, Lindsay Ambrosio, Dina Bree, Bobbie Mitchell
Beauty at the summit of the mountain, Mile High is the cherry on top! Their immaculate expression is constantly gracing CBS, NBC, Oxygen and TLC as well as the pages in between. Creating beautiful art, the team from Colorful Colorado will electrify and ignite the Las Vegas sky!

3 Hair Makeup
Los Angeles, California
Members: Dayana Medina, Melisse Medina, Suzy Chen, Carolina Yasukawa
Two lovely sisters paired with powerhouse creatives this teams expertise has been featured on “My Fair Wedding”. Their passion is described as wild, pretty, beautiful, avant garde and fashion, all while pushing the world to more glamour. This Los Angeles team will surely impress and ensure the others don’t rest!

Oasis Salon
Victorville, California
Members: Doreen Browne, Patricia Perez, Lisa Jones, Amber Garrett
Oasis is a true oasis of creativity, knowledge and illumination. Their expansive creations are inspired by vintage, texture, architecture and anything girly! These ladies will show what it takes for the big stake in Sin City!

Plush Salon
Chatsworth, California
Members:Kimmie Blackhall, Rudy Landeros, Teresa Cervantes, Lindsey Sunderlin
The team that was featured on “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” is continually inspired to push the envelope. Their work has graced many famed tresses and faces as well as the super sexy Playboy Playmates. Loving Vegas and loving fun, lets see the Plush Dolls get it done!

Posare Summerlin
Las Vegas, Nevada
Members: Ashley Denney, Audrey Ball
The fun begins at Posare, Summerlin and these ladies lead the way! Passion for head to toe transformations Sin City Style, even a hat made of hair. This team will ignite a spectacular Las Vegas flair!

Renee and Gina
Chicago, Illinois
Members: Renee Oliveto, Gina Oliveto
The windy city won’t blow these experts’ updo’s down. Renee and Gina constantly find inspiration through furthering their education and ensuring all occasions are more than just special for their clientele. This mother daughter dynamo will definitely inspire and show us what’s in their blood!

Salon De Cordova
Lutz, Florida
Members: Ben De Cordova, Chris De Cordova, Portia De Cordova
Best described as a fabulous family hair affair this team from Florida expands three generations of beauty and will surely impress. Holding titles of over 25 first place awards amongst some of the most prestigious hair competitions nationally and internationally. The De Cordova family represents a gene not regularly seen!

Salon San Marco
Jacksonville, Florida
Members: Tina Krinhop, Amy LaVe, Valeria Brooks
Salon San Marco is fresh and fun from the coast of fabulous Florida! Their work mirrors their soul with a quirky edge and a dash of whimsy. From First Coast Fashion Week to New York Fashion Week this team will raise the bar in avante garde!