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Entries are Now Open for the Kao Global Creative Awards

The day you’ve been waiting for is here!

The Kao Global Creative Awards are now OPEN for your entries to be submitted!

This is your chance to show your vision and talent to the world, share your creative flair, and stand the chance to win phenomenal cash and publicity prizes.

This year the competition is fully online, with photographic categories, and the site will be open from 1 July to 15 July.

Below is an overview of the categories, as well as how to enter.

The 2021 Kao Global Creative Awards Categories

Technical Awards

New Talent Colourist is the only technical award that is open this year, and will be judged on photographic submissions only, competing on national level first, then on international.

Editorial Categories (Photographic collections): You can enter one or more of the categories below.

Men‘s hairstylist of the year

Show your mastery and expertise in men’s styling, barbering and grooming by creating a collection of cutting-edge men’s looks.

Salon team of the year

Channel the creativity of your entire salon team. Create a style collection that represents your shared vision and show the power of your team.

Avant garde stylist of the year

This is pure unbridled creativity. Push the boundaries of conventional hairstyling and dare to inspire with your collection of visionary work.

Editorial colourist of the year

Express your vision in colour. Create an editorial colour collection that showcases colour creativity, precision and vision.

How to Enter

Step 1: Go to , and set your location to Africa > English (ZA).

Step 2: Download the briefing kit and technical heads that you will need for your entry. This will give you all the information on exactly what is required and be sure to read the rules and entry requirements carefully.

Step 3: Create your entry and do the photo shoot! Make sure your entry abides by all the category rules and then submit it on the website, between Thursday 1 July and Thursday 15 July.

Salome de Wet, Goldwell International Artistic Team member, has put together a step by step video to guide you through the online entry process. Watch it below to make sure your entry is submitted correctly! If you need more help, contact your Kao rep or call 011 312 5070.

If you are still in the process of creating your entry, here is some guidance to help you conceptualise the shoot that will wow the world!


Let your imagination run wild. Envision your collection. What will you show the world? How will the colours, shapes and textures look? Once you have your vision, assemble your mood board to bring it to life. Review, refine and reimagine it, and repeat until you’re satisfied.


Find your muse – the perfect models for your looks. Assemble your team. It’s time for you to bring your vision to life. Be clear and focused. Push yourself and make your entry as fabulous and eyecatching as it can be. BUT – remember to read the rules carefully so that your entry is valid for the category you choose and it stands the best chance of success.


Now it’s time for you to put your creation out there and inspire the entire world! Enter your photographic work in the Global Creative Awards by submitting it on and share your vision with hairdressing professionals all over the globe.

Need any further advice? Contact your local rep for any help you need, or call Kao head office on 011 312 5070 if you don’t yet have a rep, and a friendly rep will get in touch asap!


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