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Natural Talent


Are You a Natural?

Are you a high school senior with a passion for the beauty industry? Are you always admiring the color and haircuts on those around you? You may be a Natural Talent and an education in Cosmetology or Barbering may be calling your name!

We know that an education requires an investment, and we want to give every high school senior the opportunity to participate in our Natural Talent Scholarship Contest.

If selected, you will be invited to participate in the Finalist Round where you will select a model of your choice to showcase your talent!

All participants who enter the Natural Talent Scholarship Contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship!

Each scholarship can be used for a 2024 Cosmetology or Barber program at Douglas J Aveda Institute.





Finalist Winners

1st Place – $5,000 Scholarship
Runner-Up – $2,000 Scholarship


Guidelines for Entry

The Natural Talent Scholarship Contest is a two-phase contest.


All participants must submit contest application by March 1, 2024 which includes the following:

Provide 3 different looks that inspire you:

      • Must be submitted via an entry form with images that are uploaded as a .jpg file
      • At least one of the inspirations looks must be your original work
      • This is your chance to be creative and stand out!

Write an essay on “why” these looks inspire you along with why you should be selected for our Finalist Round.

Entries received in Phase 1 will be judged by a panel of licensed educators and 5 Finalists will be chosen for each of our 7 campuses.

Those selected to compete in Phase 2 will be contacted via email with all the details needed to continue.


All Finalists will be asked to attend pre-defined model days at Douglas J Aveda Institute where they will bring a model of their choice to do a before and after look that they document along the way.

Contestants work alone on their model, you must bring all of your own supplies, tools, product and clothing needed to prepare your model.

Each Finalist will provide a final submission will be judged by a panel of licensed educators.



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