ANTIGUAN HONORED AS TOP HAIR STYLIST IN THE USThursday 12th September 2013
Veteran hairstylist, beauty consultant, author and entrepreneur, Dr. Dave Ray has been recognized among the top hairstylists throughout the United States.
Known throughout the haircare industry as the “Beauty Surgeon” for more than 20 years, Antiguan national Dr. Dave Ray, has received the prestigious award as “The Most Outstanding Educator 2013, Living Legend Award” at the 2013 Bronner Bros. International Hair Show, the largest hair show in the United States.
Dr. Dave Ray
As part of an awareness campaign that highlights Ford Motor Company’s 10-year commitment to excellence, through its sponsorship of the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show, Ray will serve as a Ford Top 10 Ambassador for the next 18 months. The program features the top stylists in the haircare industry who are not only entrepreneurs but also community leaders and advocates who "go further".
Ray was selected as one of 10 distinguished hair stylists whose talents, creativity and accomplishments were showcased and honored at a star studded ceremony in Atlanta last month. The Bronner Bros. International Beauty Trade Show attracts thousands of beauty professionals from around the world and the Award Ceremony is considered "the Oscars" in the hair care industry, attracting a large celebrity following.
Dr. Ray’s creative talents were first recognized as a teenager when he was crowned Antigua and Barbuda’s first Mr. Teenage in 1985. Ray previously taught at the Christ the King High School then began his career in the local hair care and beauty industry and has owned several salons both in Antigua and Barbuda and the United States.
Ray has made several radio and television appearances including a cameo role in Chris Rock's movie "Good Hair." He is also a well-recognized spokesperson and self-published author in the area of hair, health, beauty and customer service and is currently working on his 7th book. The "Beauty Surgeon" recently launched his signature line of tropically inspired hair care products called Beauty Werkz which are available in many fine salons throughout the United States. Ray has also developed his own power forums, master classes and training courses to help educate beauty professionals around the world.
In accepting this prestigious award, Ray thanked his parents, mentors and clients for helping him to stay on track over the past 28 years.
Dr. Ray holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. He also attained a PhD in Clinical Trichology from the University of Australia, an accreditation that is highly recognized in the Cosmetology industry. Ray has been affiliated with the Bronner Bros Show for more than 20 years and has been on the annual roster as an educator and competition judge. He is also chairman of all official African-American Beauty Competitions.
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