Masters of Hair: Sam Villa Joins Battle of the Strands

This October, the 14 finalists of the epic Battle of the Strands 2013 competition will gather for the final battle in Las Vegas. Battle of the Strands, the largest hair, makeup and wardrobe competition, spanning multiple countries including Puerto Rico and Mexico, will culminate in a fantastic last battle on October 14th. Hosted by Kim Vo and YouTube legend, Kandee Johnson, this closing showdown of the 2013 competition will decide which salon is crowned the victor.

This year, Director of Education for Sam Villa®, Andrew Carruthers, is joining in the fun. Carruthers, who will be teaching a master class on Sunday, October 13th, expressed his excitement at the chance to "have a voice in this competition." Carruthers went on to state that, "[the competition is] made up of the best stylists from many different countries, so I expect that we will have just as much to take away from the weekend as the attendees of our class… probably more."

The interactive class will reflect the Sam Villa® philosophy of pure education. The concept of a haircut built around salon reality, offering stylists immediate, usable ideas, as well as dynamic, creative inspiration will serve as the main focus of the class. Carruthers will emphasize each aspect, the what, why and how, of a haircut, from the very first snip, to the final refinement.

On behalf of Sam Villa®, Carruthers also has the honor of presenting this year's "Mastery in Hair Styling" award to the team that showcases hair styling at its best. This award is given out based on finishing techniques, appearance and overall impression of a finished style.

According to Sam Villa, Founding Partner of the Sam Villa® brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, "Andrew is an accomplished artist and educator; his devotion to teaching is evident as is his goal for stylists to 'get it.' He brings an incredible eye for trends and style while providing content that directly relates and is immediately applicable to stylists working behind the chair everyday."

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