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OMC European Hair Championship

Local Hair Stylist Wins Gold at OMC European Hair Championship

September 2016

KITCHENER—Local hair artist and salon owner, Lina Shamoun, has done it again—she captured gold in the OMC Hair World Europe Cup held September 11 &12, 2016 in Paris, France. Shamoun competed in the Progressive Woman’s Cut & Style category against 30 international competitors.

Her Team Canada teammate Kenneth Hiebert (designer of the look) from Winnipeg won silver in the same category. Van Kavgadoulis from Camrose, Alberta secured third place while Anne Prytullack also from Camrose, came in fifth place.

Shamoun also captured gold in the Progressive Woman’s Cut & Style category at the World Championships in Seoul Korea in March 2016 and at the European Cup in September 2015. Ms. Shamoun has been a member of Team Canada at the OMC Hair World six (6) times.

As the world’s largest professional hairstylists’ organization, OMC Hair World hosts the highest level international hairstyling competitions. This year’s OMC Hair World European Cup drew more than 1000 top hair, nail, and make-up artists from more than 45 countries.

Local residents will have a chance to see Shamoun’s artistry in action on Sunday, October 2nd from 5 pm to 9 pm at Hair United 2016 at St. George Hall, 665 King Street North, Waterloo. The event will feature hair demonstrations from 7 salons, including Artline, interspersed with entertainment by local artists. Funds raised at the event will support Nutrition for Learning.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Lina Shamoun, call or text 519-635-3311 or email Event photos available on request.

About Lina Shamoun and Artline Salon

Iraqi-born Lina Shamoun is the owner and head stylist at Artline Salon, which launched in 2007. Ms. Shamoun was nominated as the KW Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year eight times before winning in 2016. In 2016, she received her third nomination for a KW Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year award.

Along with her parents and four siblings, Ms. Shamoun came to Canada as an immigrant when she was 14 years old. After learning English and completing high school, she apprenticed as a hair stylist. With a strong desire to give back to the community, through the Business and Education Partnership Program of Waterloo Region, Shamoun speaks at local high schools on entrepreneurship. Since Artline’s inception, Shamoun has trained 15-20 co-op students and five apprentices. Shamoun also judges Skills Canada competitions and trains high school teachers to help students to be successful in competitions. In addition, she fosters cooperation among local salons through an annual charity event called Hair United.

Artline Salon is a full service salon, including aesthetics, for women, men and children located in the Belmont Village of Kitchener. Known for out-of-the ordinary styles, including intricate hair tattoos and vibrant colours, Artline employs six full-time stylists and staff. With their advanced technique, skill, and creativity, Artline staff have received many awards in regional, national, and international styling competitions.