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Bellus Graduate and Artistic Director Take Top Honors at RAW Competition
June 30, 2012 (Poway) -- Bellus Academy alumnae Kristin Bacaycay and artistic director Diego Raviglione took home top honors at the nationally-broadcast Behind the Chair RAW Competition on June 3 in Orlando, Florida, beating out six other teams to take first prize. The competition, which served to single out talented beauty professionals under the age of 30, featured Bacaycay as a stylist and Raviglione as a mentor for the Proctor & Gamble-sponsored Team ICAN.
P&G selected Bacaycay, 27, as a team member due to her innovative expertise and exceptional skill as a student at Bellus Academy. Prior to her RAW competition victory, she won the prestigious gold medal at the 2011 Wella Trend Vision awards in the Student category, singling her out as the most talented cosmetology student in North America. Bacaycay currently works at Loft Hair Design and Skin Care in Escondido.
Diego Raviglione has more than 26 years of experience as a hair designer and educator. His work has been published in Elle, Elle Girl, InStyle, Marie Claire, Cosmo, and Allure, and he has received such honors as the Graham Webb Crystal Torch award for Outstanding Educator and the Bellus Visionary award. Raviglione’s ingenuity has also been featured on runways during Los Angeles Fashion Week and on stage at the Lollapalooza concert event.
“Bellus Academy’s main goal is for students to graduate with the excellent technical and professional skills that allow them to excel at the highest professional level,” said Bellus Academy president Lynelle Lynch. “We are thrilled to know that Kristin and Diego were on the winning team.”
The competition revolved around creating a unique hair show, from coloring, cutting and styling to makeup, fashion and lighting. Voting was conducted by celebrity judges Garren, owner of Garren New York, Ellen Rakieten, executive producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ken Paves, celebrity stylist; and viewers, who were able to vote electronically. Team ICAN’s grand prize included the opportunity to feature its work on the cover of On Paper magazine’s September issue, $10,000 and an invitation to present at the 2013 Stylist Choice Awards.
“We took the approach that we support the future of hair,” said Raviglione. “When you have people with such talent, drive and extroversion and you put it all together, it’s almost bulletproof.” is a website devoted to serving the professional salon industry with content, resources and education.
About Bellus Academy

Recognized by Publishers of Modern Salon in 2010 and 2011 for their “Excellence in Education,” Bellus Academy has been revolutionizing beauty and wellness education since its founding in 1993. Three of their campuses are located in San Diego County with the newest campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Offering quality advanced curriculum, it is no surprise that Intercoiffure ranked Bellus Academy as one of the top three beauty schools in the world in 2011. Bellus Academy continues to elevate the beauty and spa industry with breakthrough education and innovative business practices. For more information, call (858) 748-1490 or visit 

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