Concept Hair Launches National Student Competition

by lydiah / last updated September 20, 2019

Concept Hair student competition

Concept Hair is launching a nationwide search for the UK’s best apprentice hairdresser.

The first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition will be a celebration of the UK’s very best hairdressing and barbering students.

There are incredible prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to make a name for yourself right at the beginning of your career. It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet amazing brand ambassadors and see exciting product demos. A series of live competitions will give apprentices the chance to show off their skills, creativity and flair across five distinct categories – styling, hair up, barbering, colouring and avant garde.

Six regional heats will take place throughout January and February at colleges all over England and Wales. The winners of each category will go on to compete at the Grand Final, which will take place at the L’Oréal Professionnel Academy in London in March.

Celia Matthews, managing director of Concept Hair Magazine, said: “We are so excited to launch the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition. We can’t wait to see what looks the competitors will come up with – it’s going to be fabulous!”

The competition is sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel, Cloud Nine, Wahl and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.

Jessica Wilkhu, head of brand & marketing at Cloud Nine, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Concept Hair to create a platform that supports and showcases the next generation of talented hairdressing professionals. Their fresh perspective will shape the future of the industry, and we’re so excited to see their creations during the competition.”

Monica Teodoro, general manager at L’Oréal Professionnel, said: “With a brand heritage that spans over 100 years, we have continued to pioneer, support and shape the future of the hairdressing industry – and what better way than to focus on the next generation. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s hair professionals will bring.”

Simon Shaw, global artistic director at Wahl, said: “Education is a huge part of our global brand and we always aim to support the next generation. During the competition, we will be looking to see students who show strong foundational shapes, with a modern edge and strong finishes. I can’t wait to see what the competition brings.”

Ken Picton, president of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, said: “We are looking forward to seeing some outstanding, emerging talent. Creativity is at the heart of everything that the Fellowship does. Seeing hairdressing through young people’s eyes is always inspirational and competitions like this show the population what this amazing industry has to offer.”

For more information or to enter the competition, head over to

Get involved on social media – search for Concept Hair Magazine and use the hashtag #ConceptHairAOY2020


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