Congratulations to Meg Boswell from Platinum Salon in London, Ont., on her first-place win in the “So You Think You Can Style?” (SYTYCS) Boho Braids contest! We caught up with Boswell to find out more about her winning look.
Working in the hair industry for more than eight years as a salon manager and receptionist, Boswell has actually only spent two years behind the chair as a stylist.
While she’s entered (and been a finalist) in SYTYCS in the past, this entry is Boswell’s first win! “I’ve entered four or five times in the past but I’ve never won, so this is awesome,” she says. “Competing is something I was always interested in. Most of my colleagues in the salon have a very creative and competitive spirit, so I was very inspired to take part.”
For her winning entry, Boswell drew inspiration from pre-COVID music festival trends that were “fun, care-free and colourful.”
She used Design.Me products and festival hair extensions to create bubble braids.
“I think these styles are definitely coming back again now that COVID restrictions are lifted and clients are travelling to music festivals again,” she says. “Braids are great for festivals because your clients’ hair will stay in place and out of their way for the whole day.”
According to Boswell, she spends a lot of time doing lived-in balayage and bridal hair for her clients at the salon, so competitions provide her with a creative outlet to explore new trends and techniques.
While she admits that entering competitions as an emerging hairstylist can seem daunting, it can be a lot simpler than you may think.
“Before I started entering competitions, I would first reach out to people on my social media to ask if anyone was interested in being a hair model,” she says. “The hardest part is building a team of people who are interested in creating competition looks. Once you find a network of people to work with, then you’re able to practice and collect images that you could enter into competitions. Do as much as you can, and volunteer your services to get yourself started.”
And a special shout-out to our second-place and third-place winners, Leelo Arslanian and Angie Hunt!