A huge part of what makes the Creative HEAD Most Wanted awards so influential are the incredible, independent experts that form our judging panel. We firmly believe that hairdressing influences fashion, beauty and the media, so, as well as standout salon owners and session stalwarts like Ken O’Rourke, Sam McKnight and Paul Percival, we call on leading journalists from style bibles including VogueHarper’s Bazaar and Stella; talent agencies such as Streeters and Premier Hair & Make-up; bosses of leading beauty brands like Glossier; and educators from Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion.

As we head closer to the 2020 entry closing date on Wednesday 10 June, click through the gallery above for some top tips and take-homes from the judges, on what they look for in their winning entries.

Most Wanted will be judged on 7 July – hit play below to get a glimpse of what’s in store for your entries. Pure inspiration – right here!