April Markley, Denver, Colo.
Taking a daydream seriously put April on the path to a rewarding career that blends her passion for craft with her desire to help others feel better. “Hairstyling was just a favorite daydream in college, but at some point, I knew it was a dream I needed to pursue and hair has now become my medium and my art,” she says. Ten years into the hairstyling journey, April says there is always something new to learn. “The details are what really make a hairstylist’s signature, although those details are always rooted in basic techniques defined and shared by Vidal Sassoon,” she notes in her application video.