Sierra DeLeon, @curlgirlmagic
Summit Salon Academy, Tampa, FL
Art of Hair Coloring – $5,000
Sierra’s approach to hairstyling is inspired by nature, family and popular culture, but always by her experiences as a “curly girl.” Not content to settle with the basics, Sierra believes in lifelong education. “I want to learn what I don’t know – and help others learn to love their own curls,” she says. Upon finishing her program, Sierra wants to create a safe haven for curly hair types who don’t want to resort to “the big chop.” “I’ve learned so much and I’m looking forward to giving back,” she says. Watch her video here.