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.
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)
Winners are announced
A word from our sponsors
“We at L’Oréal Professionnel are very proud and excited to support the first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition! With a brand heritage that spans over 100 years, we have continued to pioneer, support and shape the future of the hairdressing industry – and what better way than to focus on the next generation and up and coming talent.
“We work in a truly unique industry, full of unrivalled creativity and passion, so we can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s hair professionals will bring.”
“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year. As leaders in our industry, we’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Concept Hair to create a platform that supports and showcases the next generation of talented hairdressing professionals.
“Their fresh perspective will shape the future of the industry, and we’re so excited to see their creations during the competition.”
“It gives me great pleasure for Wahl to be sponsoring the Concept Hair Level 3 Barbering Apprentice of the Year award. Education is a huge part of our global brand and we always aim to support the next generation.
“During the competition, we will be looking to see students who show strong foundational shapes, with a modern edge and strong finishes. We will also be looking for the correct way they use their clippers and trimmers to get the best results. They need to be confident in achieving their final look and really showcase their full ability. I can’t wait to see what the competition brings. Good luck to everyone involved.”
“We are delighted to be supporting Concept Hair’s Apprentice of the Year competition.
“We are looking forward to seeing some outstanding, emerging talent. Creativity is at the heart of everything that the Fellowship does. Seeing hairdressing through young people’s eyes is always inspirational.
“Competitions like this show the population what this amazing industry has to offer. We are keen to promote hairdressing as a fulfilling career.”
“We are very proud to be part of the 2020 Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition and to sponsor the talented students taking part. It is so important to us to recognise the work that these young artists achieve and to be part of their hairdressing journey is extremely rewarding. We wish all those taking part the very best of luck!”