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Haircutter of the Year

Artistry that showcases transformational texture mastery in haircutting on hair texture types 3-8.

Snap Shot Haircutter of the Year Ashley Johnson Before .jpeg
Snap Shot HairCutter of the Year_ Ashley Johnson After.jpeg

Guidelines & Regulations

For THE Snapshot Haircutter of the Year, we are looking for Artists to show mastery, elevation, and artistry in hair cutting that is transformational. Haircuts should demonstrate a skill, technique, and understanding of texture. We encourage you to push the boundaries of your haircuts.

Entry Open: March 31, 2023

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023

Finalist Announced: August 1, 2023 

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

Submission Conditions

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

  • Each entrant may submit the same final image across a maximum of two THE Snapshot categories. Please be sure to check that your final image 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 include color formulation(s) for all color entries.

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

Final Image Submission Requirements

  • 1 final image showcasing 1 unique color look* on model**. Can be front-facing, ¾ angle, or profile. No more than ¾ of the body in the photo–the hair should be the focus. The final image and before image(s) must be at the same angle. 

  • Photos must be with the same lighting and plain, unobstructed background.

  • 1 unedited photo of the final image.

  • 1 before photo of the model is required.

  • 1 before photo of the model with unstyled wigs/extensions is required if utilizing wigs/extensions.

  • Please note if the model has extensions:

  • *Hair can be styled thermally or 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.

  • ****Submission must include 1 final image, 1 unedited final image, 1 before photo of model (Note wig/extension specifications if utilizing).

Headpieces & Hair Ornaments

  • Headpieces and hair ornaments are NOT allowed.

Creative Photo Effects/Retouching

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

  • Creative photo effects (i.e., filters, overlays, etc.) are NOT allowed.

  • 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).

Cutting Tips

  • Execute expert curl cutting techniques that result in an inspiring look.

Entries Open Jan. 16, 2023

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