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Competition Overview

What is the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest?

It is a total look team and photography competition that includes color, cut, style, wardrobe and makeup.

When does the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest take place?

Photo entry phase: Feb 1- April 30
Live Finale Show in New York City: June 24th

What is the deadline for the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest submissions?

Photo entry phase is from February 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018

What is official timeline of events in 2018?

Photo Entry Phase: February 1 – April 30
Judging Phase: May 1 –May 15
People’s Choice Voting Phase: May 16 – June 24
New York Live Final Competition: June 24
Global Competition in Paris: 2019 (FINAL DATE AND LOCATION TBC)

How to Enter

What are the different submission categories?

1.Color & Style
3.Styling & Cutting
4.Men's Image
5.Young Talent

What does each team need to submit to qualify for the competition?

Competitors must create a well-executed, inspirational and modern total look on a female or male model- color, cut and finish will be evaluated in each award category.

Is there a theme or creative guideline that should be incorporated into the submission?

There are no restrictions or themes to follow.

Where do I go to submit an entry to the competition?

During the Photo Entry Phase one representative from the Salon (who has permission from the Salon to enter) must visit and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form, including information about your Salon, and the names and email addresses, and functional role (Colorist, Hairstylist, Haircutter, Make-up Artist, Wardrobe Stylist) of each Team member.

Can I apply for more than one category using the same images?

Competitors can enter in multiple categories of their choice with the same or different model.

Is there an entry fee to submit?

There is no entry fee for Color & Style Trophy. It is free to enter any competition category

Is the use of the same model required for the Digital and Live competition?

No, you do not have to use the same model. As finalists, competitor teams are required to recreate the exact digital look for the live competition.

What format do I use for the images I submit?

All image files must be in .jpg or .png format

Will you notify me when you get my entry?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your entry has been successfully submitted.

Judging & Awards

How are finalists determined by the Judges?

A panel of judges determined by L’Oréal Professionnel will select up to twenty Finalists for each Competition Category. Each Finalist Team will be invited to attend and compete in the Live Competition in New York, NY on June 24, 2018 for the applicable Competition Category.

How are the finalists determined for the People's Choice Award?

People’s Choice Award nominees are the color & style award finalists.
After the finalists are selected, submissions of all selected Finalists will be posted on a gallery for public voting at Any individual will be invited to vote for the Submission they believe has the most public appeal. Each person may vote one time during the Voting Phase.

How are the category submissions being assessed by the Judges?

Color & Style, Men's Image, and Young Talent Categories:
- Makeup and Wardrobe style (10%);
- Technical execution of the cut and style (see details of how hair cut & style are assessed below for the Styling & Cutting Category) (30%); and
- Technical execution of Color (see details of how color is assessed for the Color Category) (30%)
- Complete Look (30%)

Color Category:
- Color Placement (25%);
- Color Formula (25%);
- Technique (25%); and
- Complete Look (25%).

Styling & Cutting Category:
- Cutting Technique (25%);
- Color Placement (25%);
- Finished result (shine, texture, movement) (25%); and
- Complete Look (25%).

What are the 1st place prizes for winning the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest?

  • Trip to compete in the Global Color & Style Finals in Paris 2019 ! ($7,500 value per person)
  • Photoshoot & interview with Modern Salon Magazine
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Gift Basket ($550 value- 1 per salon)
  • Feature on the L’Oréal Professionnel Website
  • Interview & PureTrend Article linked to Color & Style Trophy Website
  • Social recognition across 300K @lorealprous followers
  • Promote winning look on Color & Style Trophy website

Can wigs, wefts and extensions be used to create the total look?

Real hair (non-synthetic) wefts and extensions are allowed, covering a maximum of 20% of the head. Full wigs are not allowed.

What are the 1st place prizes for the other award categories (not the Color & Style Trophy Award)?

  • $500 Gift Card toward L’Oréal Professionnel Academy Classes ($500 value per person)
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Gift Basket ($500 value per person)
  • Feature on the L’Oréal Professionnel Website
  • Interview & PureTrend Article linked to Color & Style Trophy Website
  • Social recognition across 300K @lorealprous followers
  • Promote winning look on Color & Style Trophy website

Live Finale Event

When is the Live Finale event?

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Where is the Live Finale event?

Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

What are the hours of the Live Finale event?

6:00PM - 10:00PM

What is included in the ticket price for the Live Finale event?

- Cocktail reception
- 3-course dinner
- International and US Team artistic presentations
- Catwalks
- Live awards ceremonies

What is appropriate attire to wear as a guest?

Formal cocktail attire


What are the official rules of Color & Style Trophy?

The official rules can be found here.

How old do I have to be to compete in the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest?

At least 18 years old.

How old do I have to be to complete in the Young Talent Award category?

Young Talent competitors must be 18-22 years old

How old do I have to be to complete in Color & Style Award, Color Award, Styling & Cutting Award and Men’s Image?

In all categories except for Young Talent award competitors must be 23 years old or older.

Do I need to be a resident of the United States to complete in the L'Oréal Professionnel Color & Style Trophy Contest?

Yes, and you must be employed by a Salon that is also located in the United States.

How many people are required to be on each team?

There must be a minimum of three people per team, maximum five. Each team must include all of the following professionals who work at the Salon: Colorist, haircutter, hairstylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe stylist (individuals may cover multiple roles).

Can one Salons have multiple teams?

Yes, but each team must submit in separate categories.

Are independent contractor make-up artists eligible to compete in teams?

Yes, if not affiliated with any commission salon, booth renter and or salon suites.

Who is not eligible to complete in Color & Style Trophy, in affiliation with L’Oreal Professionnel?

Employees of L’Oreal Professionnel, USA Headquarters.
Employees of L’Oreal Professionnel USA Field Team – Division Brand Managers, and Education Development.
Co-opt employees of L’Oreal Professionnel and Salon Centric – Prestige Educators.

Can teams be created with members who work in different locations (place of business) or different states?

Commission salons, booth renter and salon suites, (referred to as a "Salon" within Official rules) may create one or multiple "Teams" within the same address of employment.