2017 National Makeover Competition

Dare to Hair

Another successful Chatters Symposium has gone by and we all know what that means… Time for the results of our 2017 Dare to Hair Makeover Challenge! Looking through over 250 entries, we must say our stylists have truly outdone themselves and there was definitely some stiff competition. We want to give everyone who participated props for entering and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next fall. Now let’s get to the winners!

Chatters Stylist of the Year:
Hanh Tran

Our 2017 Stylist of the Year goes to Hanh Tran! We couldn’t believe our eyes with this gorgeous transformation. Her model was a close family friend that was open to almost anything but still wanted to be somewhat conservative because of her job.  Hanh entered the Chatters national  contest in 2016 and managed to make the top 12 finalists! This really motivated her and gave her the confidence she needed to enter again in 2017. Along with the bragging rights that come with this award, Hanh will also receive a $1,000 distribution credit with Chatters, an all expense paid trip to Redken Fusion in Toronto, and media exposure!

We asked Hanh about her experience;
“It has given me new self esteem, especially within this industry that is full of so many incredible creative talents. I was unsure if I could compete with other stylists, but here I am! I really enjoy working at Chatters and I love what I do.”

Chatter Connection 2017 Gala Photo by Jeff Stokoe

Next year Hanh plans to enter Dare to Hair again but become a little more experimental with colour in her makeover. You can visit Hanh at Chatters Guildford in Surrey or you can follow her on instagram @hairskinbyhanh.

People’s Choice Award Winner:
Corrine Laporte

Attendees at our annual symposium went crazy over this look! The amazing colour transformation was mastered by stylist and franchisee extraordinaire Corrine Laporte. Being in the industry for almost 2 decades has definitely had it’s challenges for Corrine, however she always manages to stay on top of the latest trends that really make her guests feel style happy.
“Winning People’s Choice and 2nd Place in 2017’s Dare to Hair was so exhilarating! I deeply enjoyed the process of selecting my models and choosing their makeover haircuts and colors. Before working for Chatters, I have never entered a competition. So for me, entering and actually WINNING was so exciting! Having been rewarded for my creativity feels wonderful and I hope to fuel that excitement into my Salon Team. I am a Salon Manager and also a new Franchisee. My new goal is to mentor my Team and get their creativity out in full force for 2018’s competition! I have been working as a Stylist now for 18 years and I still absolutely love it!  I  enjoy learning new things at every class I take so I may offer my Guests something new each time I see them! All of us here at Chatters London Hyland’s will be entering the Competition next year and we can’t wait!”
You can see Corrine at Chatters Hylands Centre in London or you can check out her instagram @corrinechatshair.

People’s Choice Award Winner Runner-Up:
Cia Hurlburt

Cia Hurlburt continues to wow us with her creativity and this year’s makeover entry was no exception in showcasing her incredible talent. Her unique colour placement with her model really made her makeover stand out.

“Recieving this recognition means the world to me.  It is the best advertisement for our salon as a team.  It really puts our work up to share with our clients on what we can achieve. It shows us, and that if we try, we can achieve it! And to never give up! I can use this recognition to push my career into the next level. It has fueled my fire to take more risks and really put myself and my work out there. Especially on social media! What drives me forward on a daily basis is interacting with my staff and clients.  Everyday there is someone our something new in my chair and I see them like a blank canvas begging to be painted.  The people I follow on social media keep me inspired beyond belief!!!”

You can visit Cia at Chatters St. Albert, or you can follow her instagram @scissorcia.

Here are the rest of the Top 12 looks from Dare To Hair!


Stylist: Bonnie Sullivan                                            Stylist: Darianne Smith                                          Stylist: Jerry Lumitap


Stylist: John Deita                                                   Stylist:  Karah Bunnell-Gate                                    Stylist: Leah Shields


Stylist: Osaka Jagoda                                             Stylist: Whitney Elgie                                               Stylist: Darianne Smith