Rayna Byrd, @rayna.wall_styles
Broken Arrow Beauty College, Tulsa, OK
Art of Hairdressing – $5,000
Participating in a recent ministry project that served incarcerated women, Rayna was overcome by the reactions of women receiving hair and makeup services. “For many of these women it was their first time sitting in a salon chair,” she says. “It’s not about what these women did in the past, but who they are becoming.” Rayna views hairstyling as a means to empower women with confidence and help them embrace a new vision of themselves. And while technique is important, Rayna also values listening. “I ask women what they want their hair to look like,” she says, noting that’s the first step to moving toward a new vision. Watch her video here.