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Events

January – March 2020

The search for the first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year is on!

The national competition is divided into six regional heats – South West, Wales, North East, North West, Midlands and South East.

The winners of the regional heats will go on to compete at the Grand Final, which will take place at the L’Oréal Professionnel Academy in London on 26th March.

There are eight competition categories, which are all open to both apprentices and full-time students, with opportunities for Level 1, 2 and 3 trainee hairdressers and Level 2 and 3 trainee barbers to get involved.

Level 1 Styling

Level 2 Styling

Level 2 Hair Up

Level 3 Hair Up

Level 2 Barbering

Level 3 Barbering

Colouring (All Levels)

Levels 2 and 3 Avant-Garde

All competitions are FREE to enter

There are fantastic prizes up for grabs and every competitor will receive a certificate for taking part.

Write yourself into the history of the competition by becoming the FIRST EVER winner!

How do I enter?

Students and apprentices must be entered by their college lecturer or employer, who will accompany them on the day of the competition.

If you’re a lecturer or employer and have a student you’d like to enter into any of the categories, send us your email address in the box below and we’ll get in touch with the details.

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.

 

Styling is only allowed on the competition floor – do not prepare hair in advance (this includes curling, plaiting, crimping and twisting)

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

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 – Theme will be emailed to you when you enter! 

For our Avant-Garde competition, we want to see your most spectacular Disney-inspired 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

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).

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

All entrants must be working towards the required qualification level on the day of the competition

All entries must be received by the Concept Hair Event Team by 30th November 2019. Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The organisers have the discretion to allow late entries only if there are available places

Colleges or salons may enter a maximum of two students per category

The winner of each competition will be automatically entered into the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year Grand Final, which will be held at the L’Oreal Academy in London on Thursday 26th March 2020

Spectators are welcome to attend the event, but must register with the event organisers before 30th November 2019

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

All competitors must register at least one hour prior to their competition start time

Competitors will be allocated a table number and must work at this table

Competitors will start and finish work as instructed by the judges

Competitors who arrive late for their competition will not receive additional time support

If during the competition a competitor feels they must leave their work area (e.g. medical reasons, toilet break), they will have the time recorded on a ‘time out’ sheet by a member of staff

No mobile telephones are allowed on the competition floor

Photographs will be taken during the event that may be used for marketing/publicity purposes – if the competitor/support staff cannot have their photo taken it is the responsibility of the college entering the competition to notify the organisers beforehand and at the event

If there is a power stoppage, breakdown of equipment or accident, the competitors must act according to the instructions of the organiser

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

Where can I sign up?

All competitors must be entered by a college lecturer or employer. Enter your email address in the tab below or send us an email through the Contact Us page and the Concept Hair team will send you all the details.

What categories are available?

Level 1 Styling

Level 2 Styling

Level 2 Hair Up

Level 3 Hair Up

Level 2 Barbering

Level 3 Barbering

Colouring (All Levels)

Levels 2 and 3 Avant-Garde

Can qualified hairdressers enter?

All entrants must be working towards the required qualification Level on the day of the competition.

When is the deadline for entering?

All entries must be received by the Concept Hair Event Team by 30th November 2019. Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The organisers have the discretion to allow late entries only if there are available places.

Is the competition open to full-time students and apprentices?

Yes, you can enter either a full-time student or an apprentice.

What time does the competition start?

You will need to arrive at your regional heat at least an hour before your start time. The itinerary for the day can be found above.

Where is my regional heat?

We run six regional heats across England and Wales. To find your closest venue, check the dates below. Places fill up fast so please register your interest if you would like us to hold you a spot at a particular venue.

What Level does the student have to be to enter?

Please check the specification for each competition, listed above.

Where is the final held?

We’re excited to confirm that the grand final will take place at the L’Oreal Academy in London on Thursday 26th March 2020.

Can entrants attend alone?

All competitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Preferably their employer, lecturer or parent, but not essential so long as the person accompanying is 18 or over.

Can I enter myself?

Your lecturer or employer will need to complete the application form so please let him/her know that you are interested in entering.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes, you can – but only within one region.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome to attend the regional heats, but must register with the event organisers before 30th November 2019 – as well as employers, lecturers and models.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 16 years’ old to enter, but there is no upper age limit.

How many learners can I enter?

Colleges or salons may enter a maximum of two students per category.

Can I use my own equipment?

Yes, you must bring your own equipment.

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

What equipment should I bring?

Any equipment you need to complete your finished look – refer to the individual categories for specific rules.

What are the prizes?

There are some amazing prices up for grabs. Keep an eye on the website and socials for prize announcements.

Do I need to bring lunch?

Yes, you will need to provide your own lunch and any refreshments.

Is there parking?

Yes, there will be parking at the venue.

South West Regional

13/01/2020

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

Wales Regional

15/01/2020
Venue TBC

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

Date TBC
Venue TBC

Grand Final

26/03/2020
L’Oréal Professionnel Academy, 255 Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 8AZ

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