The Colour Contest Cheat Sheet

Overwhelmed by the many dates and details of the industry colour competitions? Brush up with our cheat sheet…

L’Oréal Colour Trophy

When: Open now. Submit applications by 24 February. Semi-finalists and College Category winners announced 13 March.

Regional Semi-Finals from 25 Mar – 8 Apr (list of dates here). Grand Final on 1 June 2020.

How: The iconic colour competition is back with some new additions (and a prize trip to New York!). Head to and select your category. Complete your entry form and upload your image. All looks must be fewer than 12 months old.


L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award – the original competition for a truly show-stopping colour look

Men’s Image Award – prove yourself to be a grooming guru with exceptional colour skills

Afro Award – precise colour work and a talent for texture will see you go far

STAR Award – for promising colour prodigies aged 16-25

NEW College Category – open to full- or part-time hairdressing college students not working in a salon, this photo-only category’s mission is to kick-start young careers

Wella TrendVision Awards

When: Photographic entries open 16 February and must be submitted by 9 April, with results revealed 27 April.

UK Regional Heats in June, Ireland in August and the Final on 28 September.

How: TrendVision has had a serious makeover for 2020! It’s easier than ever before to enter, with all images now submitted via Instagram.  Simply use the correct category hashtags and tag @wellahairUK. All looks must be fewer than 12 months old.


Colour Artist – beautiful salon-relevant hair with a focus on colour

Craft Artist – a cut and style transformation to express the model’s true self

Style Master – exceptional styling execution of a modern, wearable look of the ghd girl – energetic, bold and fearless, yet poised and polished

Editorial Look – an editorial image that reflects the Sebastian Professional identity

Men’s Hair – a charismatic, trendy style that reflects the Seb Man identity

Colour Specialist – beautiful, natural-looking balayage with a soft transition from dark to light with a harmonious shade selection

Wella Professionals XPOSURE

When: Open now, entries close 18 February

How: A new look for Wella’s student competition, with two new categories and formats. Open to students in training with fewer than five years of experience. Before and after images are submitted online for the chosen category.

Successful candidates make it through to the Regional and Ireland heats in April before qualifying for the UK & Ireland Final in London on 1 June.


Creative Colour – showcase what you’ve learned with a colourful transformation while maintaining hair quality and condition

Colour the Cut – demonstrate a strong total hair look of exceptional colour, cutting and styling skills

Goldwell Global Creative Awards

When: Opens for entries between 1 May – 31 May. National winners announced in July, and the global competition is held at the Kao Salon Global Experience in Amsterdam in October.

How: Choose your category and check the full criteria – there are two distinct types of entries. Editorial Categories are brand new photo-only categories. Technical Categories start with a photo shoot and end with the live colour competition at the UK final and Global Experience. Submit your imagery and entry documents online. All looks must be fewer than 12 months old.

Editorial Categories:

Men’s Hairstylist of the Year – prove your talents in styling, barbering and grooming with a collection of trendy looks

Salon Team of the Year – collaborate on a collection that represents your team’s shared vision and collective skills

Avant Garde Stylist of the Year – show the world that you’re a true visionary in an avant-garde extravaganza

Editorial Colorist of the Year – you’ll need colour creativity, precision and vision to claim this prize for your editorial colour collection

Technical Categories:

New Talent Colorist of the Year: for stylists with fewer than five years’ experience. Age is just a number after all. Winners will recreate the colour looks live at the national and global finals.

Creative Colorist of the Year: the ultimate colour competition, open to all stylists driven to compete in colour. Winners will recreate the colour looks live at the national and global finals.

Creative Haircutter of the Year: for those with sharp scissor skills and an even sharper eye. Winners will cut a pre-coloured look live at the national and global finals.

Creative HEAD Most Wanted and The It List Awards

When: Entries open on 1 March and close 13 May.  The #MWIT Grand Final will be held on 7 September.

How: Choose you category and submit a portfolio entry to showcase why you deserve to win the ultimate colour award (not to blow our own trumpet…)


The It List Visionary Award – the category for under 30 talents who have creative and colourful vision and the skills to execute them exactly

The Most Wanted Colour Expert – for a colour director or senior colourist with exceptional technical skill and commercial expertise


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