[Updated] Check out the Upcoming Hairdressing Competitions and Awards for 2020

by lydiah / last updated March 24, 2020

competitions and awards

HJ we’re excited to announce the fast approaching competitions and awards for this year. Unfortunately many shows and competitions have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. We have updated the list to reflect the information we have on the events that have been postponed or cancelled.

Alternative Hair Show International Visionary Award

What: This is an international competition to celebrate the new generation of talent in hairdressing and showcase the industry’s biggest stars. All proceeds from the ticket sales of the Alternative Hair Show go towards charity Fighting Leukaemia.

When: Sunday 11 October

Where: London, exact location TBC

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HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards

competitions and awards

What: If you’re an inspirational manager, major innovator or brilliant junior, enter HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards. The awards will take place in June this year. Entries are now open and close on Friday 3 April.

When: Monday 14 September

Where: London Hilton, Park Lane, London

Contact/ website: Enter online at For more information and ticket sales email Lizzi Diggins at [email protected] or call 0203 841 7365.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy

What: A live hairdressing competition that showcases fashion-led hair looks with five awards – Colour Trophy, Men’s Image, Afro, STAR & introducing the new College Award. This year the L’Oréal Colour Trophy is celebrating 65 years with its biggest and most glamorous ceremony to date.

When: Monday 7 September

Where: Battersea Evolution, London

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FHA UK Freelance Awards

What: The FHA Freelance Awards 2020 categories are: Colourist of the Year, Ladies Stylist of the Year, Bridal Stylist of the Year, Prom & Party Stylist of the Year and Creative Stylist of the Year. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the event has been postponed this year to 2021.

When: Sunday 13 June 2021

Where: Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa Sketchley Lane, Burbage, Hinckley

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HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

What: This is the industry’s most prestigious awards. There are 18 categories to choose from, including regional and specialist categories. Entrants must submit four photographs from a collection shot within the past 12 months. Due the outbreak we have updated rules and requirements to help with the entry and judging process. Click here to find out more

When: Monday 30 November

Where: JW Marriot Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London

Contact/ website: Email Lizzi Diggins at [email protected] or call 0203 841 7365.

Kao Salon Division Global Experience and Goldwell Global Creative Awards

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What: The renamed Goldwell Global Creative Awards (formerly known as Color Zoom) will feature stunning hair shows, an incredible venue, and will reveal the finalists who will go on to represent the UK and Ireland in the global finals. The Kao Salon Division Global Experience (formerly known as Global Zoom) is the international event that will take place in October and will feature the global final for the Creative Awards.

When: Kao Salon Division Global Experience will take place 10-13 October and the Goldwell Global Creative Awards will be held in late July/early August.

Where: Locations TBC

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American Crew All-Stars Challenge

What: This year’s challenge will consist of individual in-country judging panels who will select their national winner. The winner will then move forward to participate in the Global competition where the Global Committee will name five top competitors as the All-Star Challenge 2020 Winners. The five finalists will receive $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, USA to participate in an editorial photo shoot alongside American Crew founder and renowned photographer David Raccuglia.

When: May 2020

Where: Los Angeles, USA


Wella Xposure

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What: A competition for hairdressing students that has been running for 19 years. You need to be studying for a NVQ/VRQ 2 or 3 for at least one day a week if you are based in the UK.  If you are based in Ireland you need to be studying for QQI Level 5 or 6 for at least one day a week.

Key dates: Entries open on Thursday 9 January and close on Tuesday 18 February. Photographic results will be announced on Tuesday 9 March. UK Regional & Ireland Heats will take place from 22-30 April. The UK & Ireland Final will be held at the Wella World Studio London on Monday 1 June.

Where: The final is held at Wella World Studio in London.

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Wella Professionals TrendVision Award

What: Raise your profile and become a rising star with Wella’s hair competition with money can’t buy prizes on offer. New for 2020, entrants can now enter on Instagram using a look created in the past 12 months and more people than ever will go through to the UK Regional and Ireland Heats. Changes have been made to reflect the impact of Coronavirus.

When: Photographic entries open on Tuesday 3 March. The photographic entry deadline is now on 30 April. Photographic results will be announced on 26 May. The UK Regional Heats will take place on 1 June and 15 June. The UK & Ireland Final will be held on Monday 28 September.

Where: The final takes place at the Roundhouse, London.

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NHBF Business Awards

What: The re-named National Hairdressers and Beauty Federation (NHBF) will celebrate the best in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty business.

When: Sunday 15 November

Where: London – location TBC

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The Fellowship of British Hairdressing Fellowship Awards

Any Fellowship member can enter the Fellowship Award’s categories, which include: Individual Salon of the Year, Salon Group of the Year, Fellowship Image of the Year and Fellowship Snapshot of the Year. Each category is judged by a panel of Fellowship members on two occasions with a different panel each time.

When: Monday 7 December

Where: TBC

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The Hair and Beauty Charity Ball 2020

A fabulous night where supporters, friends and sponsors of the charity come to together to celebrate the fantastic achievements that have occurred over the past year. This year the event will be held at Atmosphere 28 in London’s Millbank.

When: Monday 2 March

Where: Atmosphere 28, Millbank, London

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Professional Beauty & Hairdressers Journal International Awards

What: For the first time Professional Beauty and Hairdressers Journal International are hosting International Awards in Ireland. There will be a mix of creative and business awards that will celebrate Irish hair and beauty professionals.

When: Sunday 8 November 2020

Where: Citywest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Contact/ website: Email Lizzi Diggins at [email protected] or call 0203 841 7365.

Modern Barber Awards

What: The night before this year’s inaugural BARBERFEST hosted by Modern Barber magazine, an awards ceremony will take place championing the best of the barbering world. Featuring both creative and business awards, it will highlight the standout stars from the barbering industry.

When: 13 September 2020

Where: Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton

Contact/ website: Email Lizzi Diggins at [email protected] or call 0203 841 7365.

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