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Could your student be the next Concept Hair Learner of the Year?

This year we’ve shaken things up with a new name and a new format! The Concept Hair Learner of the Year 2021 competition gives the next generation of hairdressers and barbers the chance to be recognised for their hard work and skills.


Alongside the prestige of winning a UK competition for both student and college, the competition is completely free to enter and there are fantastic prizes to be won.


How to Enter

Round 1: Photographic Competition

1. Enter your students or apprentices into any of the competitions below, providing they are studying for the relevant level of qualification on the day of the competition.

2. Competitors will submit a photographic entry by 17th December 2020 to be judged by our panel of industry-expert judges.


Styling – Level 1 – Festival Hair

Styling – Level 2 – Festival Hair

Hair Up – Level 2 – Red Carpet

Hair Up – Level 3 – Red Carpet

Barbering – Level 2 – Old School Barbershop

Barbering – Level 3 – Old School Barbershop

Colouring – All Levels – Celebration of Colour

Avant-Garde – Levels 2 & 3 – Safari

3. The winners from Round 1 will create a new look and a vision board to be in with a chance of representing their college in the final!


We will be announcing who’s through to the final mid-January!

Competition rules and guidelines

Level 1 Styling – Festival Hair

Level 2 Styling – Festival Hair

Our styling competitions are inspired by Festival Season – think unique boho chic that you can wear all day and dance with through the night!

Hair can be styled up or down, or a combination of both

Before photos must show the model’s hair dry to start

You can use ornamentation and accessories but these can make up no more than 30% of the overall style

You may not use added hair or hair pieces

Level 2 Hair Up – Red Carpet

Level 3 Hair Up – Red Carpet

Dazzle us with your red carpet updos and stand out from the crowd during this awards season. 

Use any styling tools you wish

Before photos must show that no plaits, twists or crimping

At least 80% of the hair must be up

You can use added hair, but this should make up no more than 30% of the style

Ornamentation can be used

Level 2 Barbering – Old School Barbershop

Level 3 Barbering – Old School Barbershop

Take inspiration from the timeless classic barbershop looks through the ages.

All styling tools, cutting tools and products are allowed

Hair must be cut from wet, blow dried and styled

A minimum of 2cm must be cut from the whole head

Model must not wear a hat

Please note that Barbering Hair Professional HB2D3 learners will be entered into the Level 3 competition.

All Levels Colouring – Celebration of Colour

Let your imagine run wild and show us your best use of colour

Levels 2 & 3 Avant-Garde – Safari

For our Avant-Garde competition, we want to see your most wild and spectacular creations!

All styling products and tools are allowed, including heated equipment

Added and pre-prepared hair is allowed, but must not cover more than 50% of the entire finished head

No wigs are allowed

Model may have permanent hair extensions

Before photos must show model’s hair without preparation of the styling element (e.g. plaits and twists)

    Want to get involved in Learner of the Year?
    Students must be entered by their employer or lecturer

    Round 1


    Photographic competition



    Photographic competition

    Awards Evening


    Winners are announced

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