Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPETITION DATES FOR 2018?

The competition opens on Monday 8 January 2018 and the closing date is Monday 26 February 2018.

The Regional Semi-Finals will take place in April and May 2018. Exact dates and venue information can be found on the TIMELINE tab.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final takes place on Monday 4 June 2018 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London.

The competition opens on Monday 8 January 2018 and the closing date is Monday 26 February 2018.

The Regional Semi-Finals will take place in April and May 2018. Exact dates and venue information can be found on the TIMELINE tab.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final takes place on Monday 4 June 2018 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London.

In order to compete in the competition and to attend any of the live events, you must be 16 years or older.

No, for 2018 we will not be accepting any postal entries. All entries need to be submitted online.

This is up to you. We can accept a head or full length shot, but remember, this is a hair competition so the hair needs to be an important factor in the photograph that you submit.

Entry requirements are very strict so for all photos submitted, they must be in colour and be in a .jpeg or .tiff; format with minimum size of 3MB and a maximum size of 7MB.

No, this is not necessary. You just need a photogenic model who you believe can best represent your look according to the 2018 brief. Often you can be more creative on a model’s hair when they are not professional. Please remember that if your salon makes it through to the Regional Semi-Final stage, your model should be confident, ‘own’ the look you have created on them and walk convincingly down the catwalk in front of the assembled audience.

Please refer to each award brief found in the terms and conditions. 

Yes, you can across all categories, as long as the extensions are coloured using L’Oréal Professionnel colour and the extensions make up no more than 20% of the overall hair.

New for 2018! With the exception of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award, a salon may now enter multiple teams into the remaining 3 categories (L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award, L’Oréal Men’s Image Award and L’Oréal Colour Trophy Afro Award). However, each team entering MUST have a different colourist and stylist and each team must complete a unique profile online using a different username and email address.

The photographic entry judging will take place on Monday 5 March 2018. The salons successfully through to the next stage of the competition will be announced online on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

  • A maximum of 35 teams for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award
  • A maximum of 25 teams for the L’Oréal Men’s Image Award
  • A maximum of 5 teams for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award

No, it can be a different model. However, should you get through to the Grand Final you must use the same model as you used at the Regional Semi-Final.

New for 2018! For the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award, a total of 6 teams will be selected at each Regional Semi-Final, 2 of which will go through to represent that region at the Grand Final and 4 of which will be shortlisted for the Shortlisted Judging Stage to potentially go through to represent that region at the Grand Final. After the Regional Semi-Finals are completed, all shortlisted teams from all regions will be judged on their model’s photograph collectively and the judges will then select their top 16 to go through to the Grand Final regardless of the region they are from.

New for 2018! For Men’s Image, a total of 3 teams will be selected at each Regional Semi-Final, 1 of which will go through to the Grand Final to represent that region and 2 of which will be shortlisted for the Shortlisted Judging Stage to potentially go through to represent that region at the Grand Final. After the Regional Semi-Finals are completed, all shortlisted teams from all regions will be judged on their model’s photograph collectively and the judges will then select their top 8 to go through to the Grand Final regardless of the region they are from.

This is a category exclusively for colourists who are between the ages of 16-25 on the entry closing date Monday 26 February 2018. Please refer to The Awards and Terms and Conditions sections for further information.

  • A maximum of 5 Finalists per region will be chosen from the Photographic Entry stage. These finalists will compete at the Regional Semi-Finals in their region which will take place in a key city during the month of April and May 2018.
  • Each Star Finalist will need to bring a mood-board with them reflecting their inspiration behind their look as well as a model with the colour already pre-done on the hair. Each Star Finalist will be interviewed by the judges who will inspect the colour work on the live model and interview them about their aspirations as colourists.
  • Each Star Finalist will then compete in the live 30-minute competition to finish the style on the model’s hair. They may bring a stylist from the salon with them to do the styling if they wish although this is not mandatory. Their models will be catwalked along with all the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award and Men’s Image Award models and judged finally by the judges.
  • An overall L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award Winner will be announced on stage each night and these 8 overall winners (from the 8 regions) will become part of the L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Academy 2018/2019.

Each L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award winner from each region will become part of the L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Academy 2018/2019. These 8 winners will compete at the Grand Final on Monday 4 June 2018 and will have to recreate their winning look on the same model from the Regional Semi-Final in order for the judges to choose the overall “Judge’s Favourite”. The “Judge’s Favourite” will get the chance to join the other category winners on the European winners shoot in July 2018.

Tickets for the Regional Semi-Finals will be available to purchase via the buy tickets page. Tickets cost £25 (including VAT) per person and will be available to purchase as from Monday 8 January 2018. There is a special deal where you can purchase 5 tickets for the price of 4.

Tickets for the Grand Final will be available to purchase via the buy tickets page. Tickets cost £200 (including VAT) per person. Tickets will be available to purchase as from Monday 23rd April 2018.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final takes place on Monday 4 June 2018 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London.

A SALON can enter more than one team into 3 of the categories i.e L'Oréal Colour Trophy Award, L'Oréal Men's Image Award and L'Oréal Colour Trophy Afro Award.

HOWEVER each team that enters must have a seperate colourist and stylist i.e. a colourist and stylist cannot be shared between different teams. This applies to The L'Oréal Colour Trophy, L'Oréal Men's Image and STAR Awards. The reason for this is because these 3 competitions are run on the same day at the same time. 

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