Redken Announces 2018 Next Big Thing Winners

The votes are in and the winners have been announced for Redken’s 2018 Next Big Thing competition! Contestants were asked to use Redken stylers and color to submit looks for three different themes: Transformative Hair, Machinist, and Icons. Entries were judged on creativity, originality and execution. As a leader in the digital space, Redken required artists to upload their interpretations to Instagram to both increase their digital presence and qualify their submissions by tagging @Redken and utilizing #RedkenNBT, for a chance to win.

The six winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles in August ahead of NYX’s 7th Annual Face Awards on Saturday, August 25. We’d like to congratulate this year’s winners: Bri-Anna Burkey, Laura Frazier, Jaclyn Harwood, Kyle Pinneo, Karla Valenzuela, and Brittany VanDyke. To learn more about them and see their winning looks, click through the gallery!

  • Bri-Anna Burkey

    Brianna Burkey (@breeburkey_redkenartist) has been in the beauty industry for five years and has been part of the Redken tribe for a little over a year. Her passions are healthy beautiful hair, updos, and always making sure her client is educated about their hair and keeps it as healthy as possible.

  • Bri-Anna Burkey's Icons look
  • Burkey's Machinist look
  • Burkey's Transformative look
  • Laura Frazier

    Laura Frazier (@hairzillaa) has been on a journey behind the chair for 10 years and a Redken artist for two. Along this journey she has been published in 7Hues magazine and Bangstyle as a Supreme, among other leading industry forums. As a New Jersey native, now full-time in the salon in Charleston, South Carolina, she is licensed in multiple states as a cosmetologist and barber. Along with being a leader in her salon, 843 Beauty Collective, she is the educational director and looks forward to also being a mentor to associates while representing Redken nationally. Frazier also looks forward to pursuing her goal of becoming an Exchange facilitator in New York, and will be supporting the Hot Off the Press team at Symposium 2019.

  • Laura Frazier's Icons look
  • Frazier's Machinist look
  • Frazier's Transformative look
  • Jaclyn Harwood

    Redken artist Jaclyn Harwood (@jaclynharwood) is a hairstylist and creative colorist driven by inspiration, passion and education. Her work is featured on multiple digital platforms, blog posts and industry-focused publications like American Salon, Allure, New Beauty Magazine and Modern Salon. Jaclyn is a Redken certified colorist and designer inspired by fashion, travel, street art, music and architecture. She brings an humble approach to salon education, holds a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA, has an extensive background in business, and shares an authentic love for the industry.

  • Jaclyn Harwood's Icons look
  • Harwood's Machinist look
  • Harwood's Transformative look
  • Kyle Pinneo

    2017 Redken NBT Winner Kyle Pinneo (@kyle.redken) has won the Redken NBT contest two years in a row! He has been a National Redken Artist for three years out of Lincoln, Nebraska, with a passion for color and the chemistry behind it. Kyle’s work has been recognized by Redken, Sam Villa, Modern Salon, American Salon, Behind the Chair, Beauty Launchpad, Bang Style, The Hair Nerds and Hot on Beauty. Kyle has also gained a large social following after a beard styling video he posted went viral.

  • Kyle Pinneo's Icons look
  • Pinneo's Machinist look
  • Pinneo's Transformative look
  • Karla Valenzuela

    Karla Valenzuela ( is a new Redken artist as of 2017. She’s been a hairstylist since 2009 in Chandler, Arizona. Her creativity and inspiration for vivid colors and braids come from art and festivals.

  • Karla Valenzuela's Icons look
  • Valenzuela's Machinist look
  • Valenzuela's Transformative look
  • Brittany VanDyke

    Brittany VanDyke (@britblends) calls Joplin, Missouri, home and has been behind the chair for 11 years and a Redken artist for two. You’ll find a lot of blonding, soft melted color and textured polished finishes on her Instagram account where she often shares formulas and how-tos.

  • Brittany VanDyke's Icons look
  • VanDyke's Machinist look
  • VanDyke's Transformative look

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