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Stylist of the Year

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

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Guidelines & Regulations

For THE Snapshot Stylist of the Year, we are looking for Artists to show mastery, elevation, and artistry in hair styling that is transformational. Styling should demonstrate an understanding of how to enhance, manipulate and transform texture. We encourage you to push the limits of your styling/finishing behind the chair.

Entry Open: March 31, 2023

Submission Deadline: August 18, 2023

Finalist Announced: August 25, 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 one 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

  • Photo retouching of the hairline, 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 do not take away from the visual judging of the hair color.

  • Moderate 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)

Styling Tips

  • Aspire to create the next style viral look!

Entries Open Jan. 16, 2023

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