Shelby Connell

Growing up in the salon environment, Shelby Connell always knew her calling was in making women feel beautiful. “When I see that smile on my client's face, I know I’ve created confidence. Confidence is beauty!” says Shelby Connell. She has joined Moroccanoil as a Regional Educator and was excited to join a company that combines gorgeous, lasting styles with beautiful, healthy hair. 

Mentor — Kevin Hughes 



1. Describe the vision of your Trilogy of Beauty presentation.  My vision for the presentation is to show a transition in the three looks. To take the everyday look and simplicity of the street wear, and bring it down to underground by adding elements of edge with different fabrics and textures. Then taking that underground look to a higher avant-garde creation, one that still features elements of the other two looks, but on a more imaginative and couture level. I want to inspire stylists to think outside of the box, to show that with props and imagination we can all take our street wear to a higher level.

2. How has your mentor guided/inspired you?  Kevin has inspired me with the love and passion that he exudes when he is creating. His talent has so many ranges and so much diversity. Kevin has an eye for beauty and the skills to get the look he has envisioned. He has been supportive throughout our career together and has guided me by honing in on my weak spots and training me to make them stronger.

3. What has been the best advice your mentor has given you?  To always be on the lookout for things that will inspire me, and to act on that inspiration and feeling.

4. What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far?  New York Fashion Week, our last show was Marchesa. To be a part of Fashion Week was a dream and a career goal of mine.  Watching the models come off the runway, I was overcome with such emotion. To see that our team was able to come together and pull off such astonishing hair, to go along so perfectly with the designer's vision. That was without a doubt the highlight of my career.

5. What would be your best piece of advice for future professionals?  I would tell them to constantly keep up with education. Take at least one class a month so that they can continue to keep their passion alive. So often stylists find their careers to be mundane. I truly believe that constant education is key to a fulfilling and successful career in the beauty industry.