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Raritan Valley Community College’s cosmetology students win national hair color competition

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Students in Raritan Valley Community College’s Cosmetology program have won the “Trade Secrets of a Hair Color Expert Theory Contest.” The hair color competition, designed specifically for students, is presented by Product Club and Burmax.

The RVCC students, Jacqueline Siguencia, Morgan Weaver, Melanie Ibarra, Hannah Burd, Layani Brown, Octavia Williams and Brianna Murray, were required to formulate hair color for three different outcomes based on the competition’s provided guidelines. Working on mannequins, they then had to style the hair and describe the steps they took to achieve the desired results.

Twenty-five cosmetology schools throughout the United States entered submissions for the competition. For their prize, the RVCC students received an advanced color class with world renowned hair color educator David Velasco, author of the “Trade Secrets of a Hair Color Expert” education series, and Adrienne Rogers, Artistic Director for Product Club and owner of Hush Salon in Philadelphia.

The next session of RVCC’s daytime Cosmetology program will run March 13, 2023 to January 18, 2024. Classes will be held Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To learn about all of the College’s Beauty programs, register for an upcoming Beauty Programs Information Session, January 17, from 5-6:30 p.m., at For additional information, contact Amy Layton at or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8618.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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