1. It’s FUN
“Honestly, I had the best experience and the most fun doing it.” – 2017 champion, Linton & Mac’s Sarah Black.
From conceiving your idea for a look, sourcing models and shooting, plus the adrenaline rush of the live heats if you make it through, entering L’Oréal Colour Trophy is a rollercoaster experience like no other.
2. You get to be part of something historic and prestigious
“It is an incredible competition, it’s been going for so many years now and it’s the best way to excel yourself.” – Ashleigh Hodges, Jamie Stevens Hair
Now in its 63rd year in the UK and its 52nd in the ROI, L’Oréal Colour Trophy is the longest-running live hairdressing competition of its kind. All the biggest industry names have been involved in some way throughout its history, and 2018 is your chance to join them.
3. It can have a huge positive impact on your business and your profile
“It can change things overnight in a business sense, within the industry and with clients.” – Alan Edwards, Alan Edwards
An instantly recognisable accolade, making it to any stage of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy finals is sure to make your styling CV sing. And don’t underestimate the esteem entering a national competition hold in clients eyes…
4. It’s a chance to get your work seen
“It’s an absolutely incredible process – it gets your work out there. If you win it’s great, and if not, you get an amazing experience, so what more could you ask for?” – Adam Reed, Percy & Reed
The judging panel for L’Oréal Colour Trophy reads like a who’s-who of the hairdressing industry. Featuring hair legends like Errol Douglas MBE and Trevor Sorbie MBE, as well as esteemed hair press (including our editor Amanda Nottage), entering provides a fantastic way of getting your best work seen by those who really matter.
5. More opportunities will come your way
“If you win, you get to go and do a shoot abroad with L’Oréal, but you also get to do more education and to exchange ideas with like-minded people. Profile-wise, (even if you don’t end up being a champion) it really just starts a platform for you to start building the next stage of your career.” – Dylan Bradshaw, Dylan Bradshaw
SO much more than a glittering trophy to take home, if you win at LCT18, you’ll enjoy increased exposure, industry accolade, AND you will even find yourself involved in a shoot for a national style bible. Even if you don’t walk away a winner, your moment in the competition spotlight can lead to countless opportunities and connections – from collaborations and campaigns to potential publication.
Remember, whether you’re a big name in Belgravia or a niche shop in Shropshire, L’Oréal Colour Trophy is a democratic contest that is open to ALL – you don’t even have to be a L’Oréal Professionnel salon to enter. You will need to hurry though, as the closing date for submissions is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 2018, leaving you under a week to get your entry in! Head to lorealcolourtrophy.com (lorealcolourtrophy.ie if you’re in the ROI) to do so… and good luck!