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The regional heats are complete, and we have the first ever group of Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year finalists!

With the current circumstances, we’ve decided to shake things up a little for this year’s final…

 

Our 45 Apprentice of the Year finalists will complete their hair work at college or at home. Their entries will be scored by our panel of expert judges and the winners will be announced on Monday 5th October.

 

The competition themes remain the same, but finalists can create a different look with a different model.

 

The finalists will be asked to submit the following:

– Before and after photos of the model’s hair

– Unedited video of the hair work being completed (competitors in the colouring category may film the finished look)

– Vision board to support the look (for colouring, include the description of the process and the products used)

– Photo of themselves

 

Competitors will be sent a link to the online submission platform to upload their entries by 5pm on Thursday 24th September.

1. Review the rules and guidelines for your category, making a note of the time allowed to complete your model’s hair.

2. Create a mood board to show the judges your inspiration and creative process.

3. Put on your competition t-shirt and PPE (competitors and models must wear a face covering at all times).

4. Take photos of your model’s hair before starting:

  • 3 images: front, side and back shot

5. Set up your phone to record yourself working on your model’s hair. Introduce yourself using your full name and category at the start of the video. The video must remain unedited when you send it to the Concept Hair team.

6. Set a timer for the time allowed and begin.

7. When the timer has finished, stop working and take photos of your hair work.

8. 5 images: front, back, close up of the sides, and full length including makeup and clothing.

9. Remember to take a photo of yourself!

10. Upload your documents to the online submission platform by no later than 5pm on Thursday 24th September 2020. Any late entries will not be judged.

 

PPE including face coverings must be worn by the competitor and the model during the competition Final, as per the government guidelines. Please be aware that marks will be lost for inadequate use of PPE. More information on PPE can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you are affected by local lockdowns due to Covid-19, a head block may be used.

Finalists must provide adequate evidence of their Grand Final entry, including:

  • High definition before and after photos of the hair
  • Full unedited video of the process, which clearly shows the work has been completed within the allowed time. Any additional time used will result in automatic disqualification. Colouring entries may film the finished look.
  • Photograph of the accompanying mood board
  • Photograph of yourself

All entries must be received by the Concept Hair Event Team by 5pm on Thursday 24th September 2020. Entries received after this time will be automatically disqualified.

By submitting their entry into the Grand Final, competitors and models are allowing Concept Hair to use the photos and any materials, videos and images submitted for use on the Concept Hair Website, social media pages, promotion of the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year events, PR content print and online, editorial, advertising and advertorial content, trade press and competition promotion print and online and educational or internal purposes.

Models’ hair may be prepared prior to the competition start time according to the individual category rules, which can be found below.

Winner announcements will take place on the Concept Hair social media channels on Monday 5th October 2020.

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 at the final in March!

 

To secure your student’s place in their chosen category, submit your email address below and we’ll send you an application form

 

THEMES

 

Styling

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

 

Hair Up

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

 

Barbering

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.

 

Colouring

All Levels Colouring – Celebration of Colour

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

 

Avant-Garde

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)

 

Click here to view the 2021 competition terms and conditions.

Competition rules and guidelines

Competition 1: Level 1 – 40 minutes

Competition 2: Level 2 – 30 minutes

Styling – 1920s

Our styling competitions are inspired by the Roaring Twenties – so think Flappers, Art Deco style and the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby.

 

Hair can be set before the competition, but rollers must be removed at the start of the competition on the competition floor

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

Model’s hair must be 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

Competition 3: Level 2 – 40 minutes

Competition 4: Level 3 – 30 minutes

Hair Up – Prom Hair

Prom is a time when you want to look your best, so dazzle us with elegant and stylish updos that will help show off that gorgeous dress as you dance the night away.

 

Hair can be set before the competition, but rollers must be removed at the start of the competition on the competition floor

No plaits, twists or crimping allowed in advance of the competition

Use any styling tools you wish

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

Competition 5: Level 2 – 45 minutes

Competition 6: Level 3 – 35 minutes

Barbering – Peaky Blinders vs. The Great Gatsby

Take your pick from a Peaky Blinders-inspired cut or one based on the styles seen in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

 

All styling tools, cutting tools and products are allowed

Hair must be cut from wet, blow dried and styled on the competition floor

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.

Competition 7: All Levels – Five minutes

Colouring

Quite simply, we’re looking for outstanding use of colour.

 

All colouring should be completed before arriving at the event

You’ll have five minutes to finish the hair on the competition floor

Only one entry per person is allowed for the Colouring competition

Competition 8: Levels 2 & 3 – 40 minutes

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

Theme – Fire & Ice

 

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

Hair may be curled, set or crimped prior to entering the competition floor

No prior preparation of the styling element is allowed (e.g. plaits and twists).

Competitors must work on live models. Your model should have make-up, clothes and accessories that complement and enhance the overall look. Your model’s make-up and clothes should be completed before entering the competition floor

Your work will be judged on the overall look of your model and how they are positioned

PPE must be used to protect your model and removed before judging commences

Your model will walk down the catwalk to show the audience after judging

All entrants must compete in accordance to the rules outlined for each category

The judges’ decision is final

Entry requirements for Concept Hair Learner of the Year 2021 will be revealed once the 2020 competition has been completed.

Competitors will be allowed the use of one electrical socket supplying 240 volts to a 13 amp fuse

You will be required to bring your own equipment. No equipment or products will be provided on the day.

Please ensure that all electrical equipment is PAT tested and labelled accordingly. All electrical equipment will be checked for the PAT test label on the day of the competition

Hairdryers must be a maximum of 2000w and must be fitted with a 13 amp fuse

Mirrors may be used but will not be provided. They must be removed before judging

Concept Hair Learner of the Year 2021 details will be revealed once the 2020 competition has been completed.

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

South West Regional

13/01/2020

Petroc College, Mid Devon Campus, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SH

Wales Regional

15/01/2020

Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus, Heol y Coleg, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff CF15 7QY

North East Regional

27/01/2020
New College Durham, Framwellgate Moor Campus, Durham, County Durham DH1 5ES

North West Regional

29/01/2020
Hugh Baird College, Balliol Road, Bootle, Liverpool, Merseyside L20 7EW

Midlands Regional

10/02/2020
Stephenson College, Coalville Campus, Thornborough Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3TN

South East Regional

12/02/2020
Bucks College Group, Aylesbury Campus, Oxford Road, Aylesbury HP21 8PD

Grand Final

05/10/2020
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