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L’Oréal Colour Trophy Celebrates 65 Years with a Virtual Celebration

by laurahusband / last updated August 24, 2021

L'Oréal Colour Trophy 65

L’Oréal Colour Trophy is celebrating 65 years in 2021 with a virtual celebration on Monday 13 September at 7.30pm and tickets are on sale now to the entire hairdressing industry.

Find out who will be crowned this year’s #LCT21 winners, as the longest running live hairdressing competition celebrates 65 years. Tickets are on sale now on L’Oréal Access*.

🇬🇧 To buy tickets from the UK, head here
🇮🇪 To buy tickets from Ireland, head here

To mark the occasion HJ’s June issue features 65 Years of Creative Talent on its front cover – click here to see it, plus we have a timeline featuring the key moments throughout L’Oréal Colour Trophy’s history of being the longest-running live hairdressing competition. 

L’Oréal Colour Trophy celebrates 65 years of live hairdressing competitions

L'Oréal Colour Trophy Timeline

L’Oréal Professionnel Paris was the original brand of the L’Oréal Group created by renowned French chemist Eugène Schueller. With a bold move to discover the best colour trends, the best talent and the best colourists, L’Oréal Professionnel Paris launched the L’Oréal Colour Trophy in 1954. The launch of the competition saw the dawn of a new era in the world of hairdressing. Tottenham Court Road in London provided the backdrop to the very first L’Oréal Colour Trophy. A competition that would go on to become the longest running live hairdressing competition in the world.

The competition grows from 300 to 5,500

The competition quickly took on its own momentum and by the 1960s L’Oréal Colour Trophy had traversed the regions uncovering talent from all across the UK and touring with a roadshow of models, artists, stylists and musicians. Growing in reach from an audience of 300 to a staggering 5,500, the prestigious and vast Royal Albert Hall hosted what has fast become one of the most renowned hairdressing competitions, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final.

Ireland joins the competition in 1966

Ireland soon followed and launched L’Oréal Colour Trophy in 1966. Pioneering for their time, new categories were added such as the Men’s Image Award, consumer look awards such as the Glamour Magazine and Image Magazine Awards, the Afro and Young Colourist awards.

50th anniversary celebrations

Reaching its 50-year birthdate, the event catapulted itself into competition history once more by hosting one of the largest-scale hairdressing events ever seen. The L’Oréal Colour Trophy 50th Anniversary Grand Final was hosted to an audience of over 3,000 hairdressers at Earls Court with a catwalk the length of a football pitch and massive hair shows delivered by an incredible line-up of artists including TONI&GUY, Charles Worthington, Antoinette Beenders and Trevor Sorbie.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2021 Celebrates 65 years of hairdressing with a virtual UK and Ireland Grand Final

Fast forward to today and the world’s longest running live hairdressing competition in the world will celebrate 65 years of uncovering the artistry, the mastery and the talent of UK & Irish hairdressing.

Monday 13 September 2021 marks another milestone in L’Oréal Colour Trophy’s history, seeing the event take to a purely virtual stage and hosting in one night both the UK and Ireland Grand Finals.

L’Oréal Professionnel Paris invites the entire hairdressing industry to discover the brightest new talent, witness spectacular hair artistry by some of the most eminent hair masters and globally renowned art teams as well as celebrate 65 years of one of the longest-running hairdressing industry competition in the world.

For more information about L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2021 and the 65th celebrations go to or email [email protected]

*Tickets cannot be exchanged/cancelled/transferred/resold. Must be 16+ to purchase ticket. Full ticket T&Cs:

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Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris.


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