Creative HEAD’s Most Wanted and It List Awards are open for 2023 entries, but did you know there are more chances than ever for freelance hair professionals to get involved? Eleven, to be exact! 


Creative HEAD’s Most Wanted Awards salute the most outstanding, progressive, and game-changing talents in British and Irish hairdressing, while the It List Awards – exclusively sponsored by hairdressing mega-brand ghd, catapult into the spotlight Britain and Ireland’s most exciting new hair talents aged 30 or under. But did you know there are more chances than ever for freelance hair professionals to put their name on the map? Across both competitions, there are 11 awards open for entries from freelancers – that’s 11 titles waiting to be claimed. Will you take home a trophy in 2022? 

Past winners of the awards YOU could take home

From the coveted Most Wanted Independent Stylist category, celebrating a freelance hair professional with a first-class profile, to categories showcasing specific areas of skill, like Most Wanted Colour Expert, Education Expert, Men’s Hair Specialist, and Texture Expert – take your pick, you’ve earned the spotlight!  

If you’re a pioneering hairdresser, supporting your peers or the wider industry with a product, tool, service, or scheme launched by you, then turn your attention to the Most Wanted Award for Innovation. It’s made for you!

And, if you have photographic work that’s bang on trend for 2023, enter Hair Trend – you can do so up to three times, with three different images. Even more ways to win!

For freelance hair professionals aged 30 or under, check out the It List. You have four opportunities to get on it! If your entrepreneurial skills are blazing a trail, there’s The Business Builder; for fashionistas making waves on set, take a look at The Editorial Stylist; for envelope-pushing, head-turning creativity, The Visionary is for you; and if you’re an outstanding hairdresser demonstrating all-round excellence, then The One to Watch has your name on it.

So, there you have it. Eleven chances to win a #MWIT23 award – and you can enter as many categories as you like, so long as you meet the entry requirements (see individual category pages for criteria).  

With incredible judges lining up to look at YOU and YOUR work, a mesmerising Grand Final at London’s Tate Modern to look forward to, and a priceless package of editorial support, exclusive opportunities, and generous gifts courtesy of Creative HEAD and our 2023 sponsors, we hope you’re suitably inspired to hop to it. The deadline for entries is 22 May 2023 – you’ll find everything you need to enter at the Most Wanted and It List websites. Go there now, and may the freelance force be with you.