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Up Next

Artistry that showcases texture mastery among the next generation of cosmetology students and professionals licensed one (1) year or less in the categories of color, haircutting, styling, barbering, and editorial styling on hair texture types 3-8.

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Guidelines & Regulations

For T.H.E. Up Next, we are looking for students and stylists who have been in the industry for under 1 year to show mastery, elevation, and artistry in the specialty of their choice (color, cut, style, barbering, or editorial). Artists should demonstrate an elevated understanding of texture. We encourage you to push the boundaries of your chosen category.

We are looking for you to showcase your skills, elevation, innovation, and creativity across a cohesive collection of three (3) unique looks.

We encourage you to step out of the box, challenge your artistry, and show the full range, beauty, and ability of textured hair in your creations.

Entry Open: Jan. 16, 2023

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023

Finalist Announced: Aug. 14, 2023 

Winners Announced: Oct. 8, 2023, at THE Summit

Submission Conditions

Entries for Up Next must submit proof of having their cosmetology license for (1) year or less in order to qualify.

  • Each entrant may submit entries for both THE Collection and THE Snapshot without conflict

  • Each entrant may submit the same image collection across a maximum of two THE Collection categories. Please be sure to check that your collection meets the rules and requirements for both categories

  • There are no limits to category submissions per entrant

  • Each entrant must complete and submit an Artist Release Form per entry

  • A Model Release Form must be submitted per model and hair color formulation(s) must be included for all hair color entries

  • Each submission must meet the rules and regulations specific to their category in order to qualify  

  • *Please note what specialty you are submitting for (color, cut, style, barber, editorial)

Final Collection Submission Requirements

  • 3 final images showcasing 3 uniquely different looks* on 1 or more models**. No more than ¾ of the body in the photo–the hair should be the focus. 

  • 1 unedited photo of each final image.

  • 1 before photo of each model (with natural hair).

  • 1 before photo of each model with unstyled wigs/extensions is required if utilizing wigs/extensions***

  • *At least 1 look must be thermally styled, and at least 1 look must be styled naturally.

  • **Models must have natural texture type 3-8. Please review the official rules & judging criteria for detailed information.

  • ***Wigs must have a natural texture type 3-8. Please review the official rules & judging criteria for detailed information.

  • ****3 final images, 3 unedited final images, 1 before image for each model (Note wig/extension specifications if utilizing).

Headpieces & Hair Ornaments

  • Editorial styling entries: headpieces and hair ornaments are allowed and encouraged

  • All other entries (color, haircutting, styling, and barbering): headpieces and hair ornaments are not allowed

Creative Photo Effects/Retouching

  • Retouching of the hair color or shape is NOT permitted and will be subject to disqualification.

  • Creative photo effects (i.e., filters, overlays, etc.) are allowed as long as they don’t take away from the visual judging of the hair for all category submissions except the color.

  • Light retouching of skin is permitted.

Image Quality

  • All images must be in portrait format

  • All images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format

  • All images must have a resolution of 300DPI (CMPI not accepted)

Up Next Tips

  • Whatever specialty you are submitting for, have fun!

Entries Open Jan. 16, 2023

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