Jerry Lumitap- 2018 Dare to Hair Award People’s Choice Award Winner

Pictured here L to R: Corine Sim: Chatters VP Marketing & Branding Jerry Lumitap: Chatters Cottonwood Mall, Chilliwack BC Terry Ritcey: National Education Director, Redken Canada

Why did you enter the Dare to Hair contest this year?
I entered because I am always inspired by photo shoots and I want to do a lot more of this in my career. Actually I want to create more editorial looks so I can express who I am and what I'm inspired by.

From the beginning, during my salon training my boss at the time (Michael Levine) taught me about doing model and hair shoots with costumes and props. This is what I want to do in the future. I want to be more than a hair stylist. Chatters offered this contest and I feel so blessed to work with this company that’s helping me continue my dreams.

Was it hard for you to find a model?
Yes it was because many of them don't want to cut their hair short. This year I was looking for someone to take a big change like going from long hair to short hair. I also like bright colors and some models are scared of that. I always explain my vision and consult with my models. Going bold and different is a neat way to show your personality and angles of who you are.

How did you find your model?
This year I found my model right here on my salon team. She is a coworker named Chelsea. I’m really grateful that she put her trust in me so I could create my vision.

Describe the inspiration for your Dare to Hair style.
I was inspired by the sunset. I was super pumped at Symposium to see one of the educators was using the same technique I did with my model.

Products I used for my winning style included:

How did you feel when you found out you were a finalist in this year’s competition?
I felt so great. I was jumping up and down. As soon as we entered the door I was crying “this is it!” I was hoping to win! This is a dream come true. I love the trophy and I even collect trophies.

What did your friends and family say to you after your win?
My family and friends are super proud of me. I received a lot of congratulations messages and you know, it makes me more inspired.

Does this give you a fire to win more trophies?
Last year I was a finalist and it inspired me to do even more photos. I started creating my own themes. Last year I said I am going to be a photographer and makeup artist. I only produce the backdrop and light set but I am investing in more supplies to bring to the salon.

What does winning mean to you?
Winning is not just a victory. It's not only for yourself, but also for people around you who help make and keep you inspired. I believe it’s a shared success.

Over the next year, what do you think you will do more of behind the chair?
I was thinking to do more shooting, not just of models but my guests as well. I hope this will also inspire them and make them feel happy. It’s positive attention for them and great exposure for me in building my business.

I will continue to focus on color trends because I plan to enter more competitions. I plan to increase my knowledge about color application and color blending. Basically over the next year I hope to keep creativity as a regular thing.

What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for so many people helping me out when I was new and that includes all the mentors around me. I want to give a special shout out to Eddie Izmirlija, Kim Kusznir, Liz Abreu, Michael Levine, Robert Ganz and Alfonso Pasion.

Winning makeover