If you want to take your hairdressing career to the next level, you might want to think about entering a hairdressing competition. Not only might it give you a shiny award to show off and drive further business, it will also build your own confidence as a hairdresser and help you learn from other professionals in the field. Popular competitions include The Hot 100 or The Cut, both of which test products and professionals in front of an elite panel of judges.

If you fancy your shot at getting an esteemed hairdressing prize, here are all the ways in which you can prepare and increase your chances of taking that trophy home!

Practice practice practice
Depending on which skill you’re bringing to the competition, it’s a good idea to practice on as many models as you can. Whether it’s colouring, cutting or styling, you can practice with wigs or tempt real-life models with a free treatment.

When practising, make sure you have all the necessary equipment too. From high-quality razors and scissors to heat products, gels and dyes, give yourself the best chance possible by investing in great tools that will guarantee great results.

Select the right model
By gaining a deeper understanding of your model’s hair, you are more likely to succeed at any competition. Everyone’s hair is unique and might react differently to various treatments. For example, finer hair might work better with heat appliances whilst coarse hair will retain volume for longer.

Depending on what skill you want to showcase, select a model who has the right hair type and will showcase the end product with style.

Follow the rules
Before preparing for a competition, make sure you know the rules off by heart. No matter how good your hairdressing is, if you don’t play by the rules, you will be automatically disqualified which would be a crying shame.

Make sure your hairstyle follows all the regulations and be sure to send off your registration and entry in time.

Find out how you will be judged
Different competitions have different judging criteria. Do a little digging to find out what scores are based on photos and mannequins, how many points are awarded to live performance and what other things the judges take into consideration. You want to make sure that you take everything into account to achieve the highest possible score.

Use social media
Consider social media a looking glass into the latest trends. You want to be on top of all of these and remain relevant, so do plenty of research to see how people are styling their hair and what is hot at the moment. Advertise your skills at the same time and watch your business grow!