Contest Overview: This is a team competition for Salons based in the United States (including the District of Columbia). Employees/independent contractors/booth renters of/at a Salon (including commission salons, booth renter and salon suites, collectively referred to as a "Salon") may create one or multiple "Teams." Each Team must include a “female-look” model (who may but does not have to be associated with the Salon) and all of the following professionals who work at the Salon: Colorist, haircutter/hairstylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe stylist (one individual may cover multiple roles). Each Team will create a total look and submit a photo of their look to enter into one of the five (5) competition categories (“Categories”): Editorial, Texture, Future Trend, Cutting and New Talent. Five (5) Teams will be selected from each Category and invited to compete in the Finals for their selected category. One winning Team (selected from the winners of all five Categories) will be awarded a trip to the global final competition.

1. Eligibility: The L'Oréal Professionnel Color and Style Trophy Contest (the "Contest") is open only to Teams of professionals who are (1) legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (D.C.), (2) at least eighteen (18) years, (3) are employed by Salons (as defined above) that are located in and primarily operate in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia old at the time of entry and (4) enter with the permission of their Salon. Employees of L'Oréal USA ("Sponsor"), its promotional agencies involved in this Contest, Judges of this Contest, and any of their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

2. Sponsor: L'Oréal USA, 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001.

3. Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. Sponsor's decisions are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning the prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. Timing: The Contest begins on August 30, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET"), ends on February 2, 2020 (the "Contest Period"), and consists of multiple phases as set for in the chart below. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

Phase Starts at 12:00 a.m. ET Ends at 11:59 p.m. ET
Photo Entry Phase August 30, 2019 October 14, 2019
Judging Phase October 22, 2019 October 25, 2019
Announcement of Finalists November 1, 2019 --
People’s Choice Voting November 11, 2019 December 31, 2019
Live Competition + Winners announcement on social media February 2, 2020 February 2, 2020
Finalists announcement on website February 10, 2020 --

5. How to Enter: 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, Haircutter/stylist, Make-up Artist, Wardrobe Stylist, or Model) of each Team member. Your Team must include a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of five (5) members who are employees of the Salon and one (1) female-look model who is at least eighteen years of age.

Once a Team is registered, all members must remain the same for the duration of the Contest (with the exception of the Model, make-up artist or wardrobe stylist). Sponsor may permit deviations from this rule in the case of exceptional circumstances (such as death, disability or serious illness, or other circumstances) as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Create a head to toe fashion look on your model that includes a cutting-edge hair style inspired by current fashion trends. Upload a photo of the look you created and provide details about the color formula and color products used. There is no requirement to use L’Oréal products. You will not improve your chances of winning by using L’Oréal products. The photo must have been taken after January 1, 2019. Select one of the five Categories: Editorial, Texture, Future Trend, Cutting, or New Talent that best fits the look you have created (or in the case of the New Talent Category**, your experience level).

**The New Talent Category is only open to Teams where the colorist and haircutter/stylist are either currently enrolled in cosmetology school or have been licensed for 3 years or fewer as of the end of the Photo Entry Phase. The experience level of the individuals who handle the make-up and wardrobe do not impact a Team’s ability to enter the New Talent Category. Individuals who meet the requirements of the New Talent Category are not required to selection this Category.

Your photo, description of color formula and products used, and completed registration form will be collectively referred to as your submission ("Submission"). By uploading your Submission, you agree that it conforms to the guidelines, permissions, and content restrictions below and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify you if it believes that it fails to conform.

  • Include color formula and products used;
  • Identify Category for entry; and
  • Extensions are permitted, full wigs are not permitted.
  • Real hair (non-synthetic) wefts and extensions are allowed, up to a maximum of 20%. Full wigs are not allowed.
Photo Guidelines:
  • Images must have an 8” x 10” (aspect ratio) with a resolution of 300 DPI;
  • Submission must include 1 photo in .jpg or .png format, no larger than 5MB;
  • Professional photos are not necessary for the competition. However, for creating an optimal photo, we highly recommend using a professional photographer;
  • Photo must have been taken after January 1, 2019; and
  • The photo must be in portrait (not landscape) orientation.

Permissions: Team must have permission from owner/operator of the Salon to enter the promotion.

Content Restrictions:

  • Team may not make any claims or beliefs (positive or negative) about any product or its performance;
  • Team may not make any statement about a brand other than Sponsor's (including mere reference of its use);
  • Product logos and brand names other than Sponsor's may not be displayed;
  • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;
  • The Submission must not disparage Sponsor, or any other person or party;
  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
  • The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age; and
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where Submission is created.

Entry Limit: Each Team may upload one (1) Submission for one (1) Category for which the Team is eligible during the Photo Entry Phase. A Salon may have multiple Teams participate; however each individual may only be part of one Team and therefore may only enter once. Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. In the event of a dispute as to any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder. Released Parties (as defined in Section 11, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed, or misdirected Submissions; all of which will be void.

6. Sponsor's Use of Submissions: Uploading a Submission constitutes Salon and Team's consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, Salon will sign any documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights Team is granting to use the Submission.

7. Determination of Finalists and the People's Choice Award:

Determination of Finalists:

During the Judging Phase, a panel of judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion will select up to five (5) Finalists for each Category (herein "Finalists"). Each Finalist Team will be invited to attend and compete in the Live Competition on February 2, 2020 (location and all timing details will be provided to Finalists) for the applicable Category. Finalist Teams for all Categories except New Talent will be those with the highest scoring Submissions based upon assessment of the following judging criteria:

  • Technical execution and result of the Color (see details of how color is assessed for the Color Category) (50%);
  • Technical execution of the cut and style (20%);
  • Complete Look - including make-up and wardrobe (15%); and
  • Complete Look best exemplifies the selected Category (15%).

Finalists for the New Talent Category will be selected based on the following judging criteria:

  • Technical execution and result of the Color (see details of how color is assessed for the Color Category) (50%);
  • Technical execution of the cut and style (30%); and
  • Complete Look - including make-up and wardrobe (20%).

In the event of a tie, the judges will reevaluate scoring for each of the tied Teams' Submissions, prioritize the score for the "Complete Look" to determine the winner for the applicable Category. Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than five (5) Finalists per Competition Category, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive sufficient eligible and qualified Submissions. Sponsor will not disclose judging scores.

Determination of People's Choice Award:

Submissions of all selected Finalists will be posted on a gallery for public voting at Individuals who are at least 18 years old and reside in the fifty United States (and the District of Columbia) and may vote for the Submission they believe has the most public appeal. Limit: Each person may vote one (1) time during the Voting Phase. Multiple votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated number will be void. Any attempt by any Finalist or voter to obtain votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, by using any automated program, by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, will void those votes for the Finalist's Submission and Finalist may be disqualified as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Subject to the Finalist's compliance with these Official Rules, the Finalist whose Submission receives the highest number of valid votes during the People’s Choice Voting Phase will be deemed the potential People’s Choice Award winner. In the event of a tie, the entrant whose Submission received the highest score during the Judging phase as determined by the qualified judges in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential winner from amongst the tied Finalists. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select an alternate winner should the voting appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way.

8. Live Competition Requirements and Determination of the Grand Prize Winner: Each Finalist will be notified by Sponsor and provided with the details and requirements about the Live Competition, including the revised judging criteria applicable to selecting the winner for each Category as well as one (1) Grand Prize winner selected from the five (5) Category winners. All Team members are not required to attend the Live Competition for the Team to continue participation; The model and at least one Team member (or as many as are needed) who can recreate the look portrayed in the Entry Photo Submission must attend the Live Competition in order to be considered for a prize. Each Team will be responsible for their team’s travel and accommodations necessary to participate in the Live Competition location as well as any other expenses associated with participation. The Teams will be asked to create the same look displayed in their original photo Submission. The judging criteria at the Live Competition will focus on how the Team brings the look displayed in their original Submission to life. Team members may be asked technical questions about their cut, color and extensions used.

In the event that a Finalist Team is not able to participate in the Live Competition, Sponsor will invite the next highest scoring Team to attend.

To be considered to win an award for one of the Categories or the Grand Prize, the team must be present and compete in the Live Competition. Judges will announce winner at the end of the Live Competition. There will be one (1) winning Team selected for each Category, and one (1) runner-up Team that will be announced live. From all the of Category winners, one (1) Grand Prize-winning Team will be selected to represent the USA at a Global event.

9. Requirements for Grand Prize Winner: Potential Grand Prize-winning Team will be notified at the Live Competition. Each member of the potential Grand Prize-winning Team will be required to sign and return a Declaration of Compliance, Liability Waiver and, where not prohibited, a Publicity Release ("Declaration"), which must be received by Sponsor within five (5) days of the Live Competition in order to claim his/her prize. If any member of the potential Grand prize winning Team fails to execute and return the Declaration within the required time period, does not comply with these Official Rules, or if prize is returned as undeliverable, the Team will forfeit the prize and an alternate Team (who was deemed to have the next best Submission based on the judging process at the Live Competition) will be offered the Grand Prize and will be required to complete the Declarations to accept the prize. Only two (2) alternate winners will be offered the Grand Prize, after which the prize will remain un-awarded.

10. Prizes: ONE (1) OVERALL GRAND PRIZE: Team will receive a L’Oréal Professionnel Gift Basket ($500 value). Two (2) members of the winning team (one representative that can execute the “look” and one model) will be invited to attend the Global Style and Color Trophy competition (“Global Event”) in 2020 (dates and location to be provided by Sponsor). Trip package includes round trip, coach-class air transportation for two (2) from a major airport near each winner's home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to an airport located near the location of the Global Event; five (5) nights' accommodations at a hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (one room, double occupancy); and ground transportation to and from destination airport and hotel; Team members must travel on the dates determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion or prize will be forfeited. Trip must be booked at least twenty-one (21) days prior to departure. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Contest, and those set forth by the Sponsor's airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract. All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, gratuities, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of winner. Each Team member is solely responsible for obtaining valid passports and any other documents necessary for international travel. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Sponsor is not responsible if Global Competition is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Sponsor's sole discretion. Approximate Retail Value of prize for each Team Member is $7,500. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value.

FIVE (5) CATEGORY PRIZES (awarded to each winning Team for the 5 Categories): A $500 Gift Card toward L’Oréal Professionnel Academy Classes (terms and conditions may apply).

Prizes are non-transferable. Except where Sponsor approves, only Team Members who registered and entered may travel to Global Grand Finale location. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize (or a component thereof) for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Each Team member is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.

11. Release: By participating in this Contest and/or accepting any prize, each Team agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its promotional agencies, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company's officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize, including any related travel.

12. Publicity: Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify winning Team and each member's agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner's name, city, state, likeness, photos, Submission, and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.

13. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible Submissions received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated Submissions. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys' fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

14. Limitations of Liability: Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions or votes or the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials ; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any Submission.

15. Disputes: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in Oakland County, Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.

16. Entrant's Personal Information: Information collected from entrant is subject to Sponsor's Privacy Policy

17. Winner List: Winners will be announced at the Grand Final Competition and will be posted on the promotional website.