The Cut Above

The Cut Above is a quarterly, nationwide competition that challenges our students’ creativity and technical skills. Every competition takes a new approach to hairdressing by incorporating the students’ newly learned skills and puts their vision to the test. Past winners have received backstage access to NYFW, hands-on experience at a Marchesa photo shoot, and features in STRUT – our very own publication.

VIEW OUR past winners

  • Taylor
  • Dawson
  • Ashley and Laura
  • Irene and Alexa
  • Allegra
  • Jamae



“I chose TONI&GUY Academy for the multiple opportunities for growth within the company and the opportunities available, like the Marchesa Lookbook shoot in NYC.”

Graduate of TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Atlanta, Taylor Hopkins, won best blow dry tutorial in a Facebook competition. We sent her straight to New York for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a Marchesa photo shoot with Costa Mesa Campus Director, Rachel Brumbaugh. Taylor spent 3 days in NYC assisting Rachel to pull off the soft looks that complimented the Marchesa Resort 2015 line.




“Going to TONI&GUY was the best decision I made. It provided the foundation of my hairdressing career and cultivated a passion and appreciation for the industry. Had I chosen another place to get my education, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy student, Dawson Sherman, got his hands in hair for New York Fashion Week. Dawson worked with designer, Choonmoo Park, and TIGI stylists backstage prepping for the Parkchoonmoo runway show. He also worked his magic creating voluminous waves on style blogger, Camille from

Ashley & Laura


“Zak has taught me a lot of little techniques that I can use to build my career up as a hairdresser and I’ll also know how to shoot and work with different types of models.”

The winners were flown to L.A. for an exclusive photoshoot under the direction of TONI&GUY Creative Director of the Americas, Zak Mascolo and produced and styled by Fashion Director, Caroline Mascolo. They were coached and mentored by top TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Artists, Lindsay Baker and Laura Pease throughout the shoot. Here’s the result of their incredible work!

Irene & Alexa


“It was such an honor to be able to work hands-on backstage at such an amazing show, surrounded by other talented makeup artists. It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
- Alexa

“My Cut Above experience left me in awe of the artistry and creative genius that the hairdressing community brought forth to the event. I felt welcomed and more than inspired by all involved. I will forever be grateful for this amazing learning experience!”
- Irene

TONI&GUY was a proud sponsor of the DIFFA Dallas Masquerade 2014. DIFFA Dallas raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention. Students Irene and Alexa won The Cut Above experiences to assist backstage with the Dallas TONI&GUY Art Team to help create the magical show. With both TONI&GUY stylists and students, they worked to create over 150 intricate, unique looks - sending a variety of models down the oversized, grand runway at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX.

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“It’s really inspiring to be in the action and get a taste of what I could be doing in the future”

Allegra won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assist Zak Mascolo and the National Art Team on the set of their latest collection ‘The Venice Project’. Allegra was chosen among various talented TONI&GUY students for ‘The Cut Above’ by creating a beautiful and informative step-by-step styling tutorial.

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The Cut Above winner, Jamae Coonts from TONI&GUY Academy, Seattle earned the opportunity to have her vision board come to life at the 20th Annual Photographic Awards. Jamae competed against TONI&GUY Academies across the nation, winning the once in the lifetime opportunity to design and style a presentation model for our annual awards show. Past The Cut Above winners Dawson Sherman and Allegra Caluori, were also invited to create a model that walked the runway at the Photographic Awards.

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