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Katie Woods

Seaside Campus, CA

Katie Woods, Seaside Campus

Marinello is a great school and will prepare you for a wonderful career in the beauty industry.

If you followed BehindtheChair.com’s RAW hair show competition in June, you certainly know that the P&G Salon Professional Team ICAN captured First Place. But did you know that there’s a Marinello connection? Yes, indeed: Seaside campus graduate Katie Woods is a vital member of that very team.

Katie, who finished the Cosmetology program in May 2011, and her teammates won a combined $10,000 at the Orlando, FL, event. She and the team will be featured on the cover of the September 2012 issue of BehindtheChair.com magazine, along with a four-page spread.

At RAW, “we had to create an entire hair show with cuts, color, styling, choreography, lighting, fashion, makeup, and everything else that goes into putting on a show. Our team concept was to feature our own strengths for each stylist. We were all clearly different in our strengths,” Katie explains. “Even having our own styles, it all tied (together) in some way or another. It was a time for us to work as a team, but also still keep the sense that we are all unique in our own way.”

Also unique was the competition’s judging system. The organizers “wanted ‘RAW’ to feel like a version of American Idol for hairstylists. The judges had their (fifty percent) vote on who they wanted to see win. The other fifty percent of the votes were up to the audience and all America who was watching the live streaming online.” She continues, “Our team was texting and Facebook-ing all our friends and family to vote for us. We also had a P&G Team ICAN Facebook page, where all of our fans could check and see where and when to vote.”

A specialist in up-dos, Katie is currently working with her mentors at P&G to explore how she can further her career in the beauty industry. “I just got hired at Supercuts here in Salinas, but my goal within the year is to move to another salon in Los Angeles, where there are more opportunities for me to grow as a professional,” she relates.

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