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Penrose Academy Cosmetology Student Announced as #ONESHOT Finalist

Penrose Academy is proud to announce that Hope Browne, a student in our Cosmetology program is a finalist in the #ONESHOT Hair Awards. Hope submitted to the awards by using her instagram account @hopeandhair and utilizing the hashtag required by You can vote for Hope in the Hot Shot in Training Category here.

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West Chicago, IL. Hope Browne, a Cosmetology student at Penrose Academy is a proud finalist in the Hot Shot In Training category in the second annual #ONESHOT Hair Awards, the largest hair awards program in the world. Presented by, this year’s contest received more than 130,000 entries. Founder & CEO Mary Rector-Gable created the awards program to acknowledge a changing world where social media prevails. “Instagram has provided our industry an opportunity to share great work and be acknowledged by fellow hairdressers and clients worldwide,” Rector-Gable said. “We’ve always felt hair awards should have the same type of transparency where everyone is able to see each other’s work. We also wanted to celebrate real hair behind the chair for the very first time. There are so many great hairdressers who don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a photo shoot, but it doesn’t mean they are any less talented. In fact, the level of talent in these categories is beyond exceptional and many of last year’s winners went on to become educators of major manufacturers.”

For this unprecedented hair competition, used Instagram as their vehicle of submission. Hairdressers simply uploaded their chosen photos to Instagram and hashtagged their desired categories. Last year, received 47,000 entries. This year, that number nearly tripled with over 130,000 entries from more than 20 countries!