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The 2023 Hairnews Industry Awards are Open!

Entries are now OPEN and we can’t wait for you to show us your creativity.


Now is the time to submit your awesome work and nominate the superstar individuals, companies and products that rock your hairdressing world!

These awards, which are done online and are free to enter, aim to recognize excellence, creativity, and leadership throughout our awesome industry!



Below are the categories explained, with their requirements and rules to enter.

CREATIVE CATEGORIES - JUDGED

Enter your own awesome work to be judged. We have seen so many incredible styles over the last year, and the local talent and artistry of South African stylists is hard to beat even on the international stage. Now you can push your creative genius and expertise to the limit!


  • Best Dramatic Makeover - Before & After

  • Best Hand-Painted Color Technique

  • Best Men’s Trendy Cut, Colour & Style

  • Best Red-Carpet Glamour Look

PRODUCT AND PERSONALITY CATEGORIES – NOMINATION AND VOTING

These are nomination and voting categories where you can nominate local Educators, Supplier and Professional Product Ranges within South Africa that have truly inspired, supported, empowered, and wowed you as a stylist or salon. Start thinking now about your fav Educator and Supplier and best loves Professional Product Range.

  • Best Industry Educator

  • Best Service and Support from a Supplier

  • Best Loved Professional Colour Range

  • Best Loved Professional Retail Range

PLEASE READ ALL CATEGORY RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING YOUR WORK OR NOMINATING YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS AND PERSONALITIES.

CREATIVE CATEGORIES - JUDGED


BEST DRAMATIC MAKEOVER - BEFORE & AFTER

Category Summary

This is a judged category where you can enter your own work. This category is to show the amazing power of a dramatic transformation that has left your client feeling confident and beautiful again. Whether cut or colour – show us the before and after’s that you are most proud of.

Photos do not have to be professional and can be taken in salon as long as the hair is clearly visible. You must submit one before photo and two after photos of your work.

Requirements & How to Enter

  • You must be a resident in South Africa to enter.

  • You may submit a MAXIMUM of two (2) entries per category and each entry must be emailed separately.

  • NO cross over entries will be allowed in the creative categories.

  • To enter, email belinda@hairnews.co.za with the subject Best Dramatic Makeover Entry

  • Entries must include your name, contact number, salon name and town of residence.

  • Entries must include your model/client’s first name and confirm that you have permission to publish their photos on a public platform.

  • Ensure your email is NOT larger than 3 MB. Please resize photos before sending.

  • You must include one before photo and two after photos of your work as well as the information below.

  • Each entry must Include a short description of the technique and what products you used to achieve the look.

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BEST HAND-PAINTED COLOR TECHNIQUE

Category Summary

This is a judged category where you can enter your own work. For this category We are looking for any multi-tonal free hand painted technique that provides dimension with light and shadow and blends perfectly to give hair a soft natural look.

Photos do not have to be professional and can be taken in salon as long as the hair is clearly visible. You can submit up to three photos of your work.

Requirements & How to Enter

  • You must be a resident in South Africa to enter.

  • You may submit a MAXIMUM of two (2) entries per category and each entry must be emailed separately.

  • NO cross over entries will be allowed in the creative categories.

  • To enter, email belinda@hairnews.co.za with the subject Best Hand-Painted Color Technique Entry

  • Entries must include your name, contact number, salon name and town of residence.

  • Entries must include your model/client’s first name and confirm that you have permission to publish their photos on a public platform.

  • Ensure your email is NOT larger than 3 MB. Please resize photos before sending.

  • You can submit up to three photos of your work as well as the information below.

  • Each entry must Include a short description of the technique and what products you used to achieve the look.

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BEST MEN’S TRENDY CUT, COLOUR & STYLE

Category Summary

This is a judged category where you can enter your own work. Cut, style and shape a male model to be ready to hit the streets! Any trendy cut, colour & style can be submitted that shows a combination of technical and creative skills. Fading and clipper art are welcome as well as other creative effects.

Photos do not have to be professional and can be taken in salon as long as the hair is clearly visible. You can submit up to three photos of your work.

Requirements & How to Enter

  • You must be a resident in South Africa to enter.

  • You may submit a MAXIMUM of two (2) entries per category and each entry must be emailed separately.

  • NO cross over entries will be allowed in the creative categories.

  • To enter, email belinda@hairnews.co.za with the subject Best Men’s Trendy Cut, Colour & Style Entry

  • Entries must include your name, contact number, salon name and town of residence.

  • Entries must include your model/client’s first name and confirm that you have permission to publish their photos on a public platform.

  • Ensure your email is NOT larger than 3 MB. Please resize photos before sending.

  • You can submit up to three photos of your work as well as the information below.

  • Each entry must Include a short description of the technique and what products you used to achieve the look.

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BEST RED-CARPET GLAMOUR LOOK

Category Summary

This is a judged category where you can enter your own work. For this category We are looking for timelessly glamorous and flattering red carpet hairstyles. Whether its old Hollywood’s sleek and sculptural updo with cherry-red lipstick, curls that have been beautifully swept up with jeweled accessories, or glossy bombshell waves.

Photos do not have to be professional and can be taken in salon as long as the hair is clearly visible. You can submit up to three photos of your work.

Requirements & How to Enter

  • You must be a resident in South Africa to enter.

  • You may submit a MAXIMUM of two (2) entries per category and each entry must be emailed separately.

  • NO cross over entries will be allowed in the creative categories.

  • To enter, email belinda@hairnews.co.za with the subject Best Red-Carpet Glamour Look Entry

  • Entries must include your name, contact number, salon name and town of residence.

  • Entries must include your model/client’s first name and confirm that you have permission to publish their photos on a public platform.

  • Ensure your email is NOT larger than 3 MB. Please resize photos before sending.

  • You can submit up to three photos of your work as well as the information below.

  • Each entry must Include a short description of the technique and what products you used to achieve the look.

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PRODUCT AND PERSONALITY CATEGORIES – NOMINATION AND VOTING

BEST INDUSTRY EDUCATOR

Category Summary & Requirements

This is a voting category where you can nominate local educators within South Africa that you believe should win this award. An Educator that has truly inspired and empowered you with their dedication, knowledge & expertise and who has given you real inspiration to use in-salon!

How to Enter

  • To submit your nomination, email belinda@hairnews.co.za

  • Your email heading should be Nomination - Best Educator.

  • You MUST also include your name, your salon name and city / town of residence.

  • You may nominate ONE Educator per email.

  • Give a brief reason for why you are nominating this Educator.

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BEST SERVICE AND SUPPORT FROM A SUPPLIER

Category Summary & Requirements

This is a voting category where you can nominate a Supplier within South Africa that you believe has given impeccable Service and Support to your business or the industry over the past year. A company who has gone the extra mile and shown you they truly care about your salon business.

How to Enter:

  • To submit your nomination, email belinda@hairnews.co.za

  • Your email heading should be Nomination - Best Service and Support from a Supplier.

  • You MUST also include your name, your salon name and city / town of residence.

  • You may nominate ONE Supplier per email.

  • Give a brief reason for why you are nominating this Supplier.

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BEST LOVED PROFESSIONAL COLOUR RANGE

Category Summary & Requirements

This is a voting category where you can nominate your Best Loved Professional Colour Range. What Colour product range do you love working with the most? A quality range that offers phenomenal long-lasting results and ease of use, that allows for commercial and creative colour effects.

How to Enter:

  • To submit your nomination, email belinda@hairnews.co.za

  • Please Note A professional colour range is a range sold exclusively to salons and stylists.

  • Your email heading should be Nomination - Best Loves Professional Colour Range.

  • You MUST also include your name, your salon name and city / town of residence.

  • You may nominate ONE Professional Colour Range per email.

  • Give a brief reason for why you love and are nominating this Professional Colour Range.

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BEST LOVED PROFESSIONAL RETAIL RANGE

Category Summary & Requirements

This is a voting category where you can nominate your Best Loved Professional Retail Range. Which product range flies off the shelves and is an easy seller that clients love? A range that is versatile, effective, easy to sell, that enhances the salon’s service offering and which clients love and readily buy.

How to Enter:

  • To submit your nomination, email belinda@hairnews.co.za

  • Please Note A professional retail range is a range sold exclusively by salons and stylists to consumers.

  • Your email heading should be Nomination - Best Loves Professional Retail Range.

  • You MUST also include your name, your salon name and city / town of residence.

  • You may nominate ONE Professional Retail Range per email.

  • Give a brief reason for why you love and are nominating this Professional Retail Range.

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Entries and nominations will close on the 31st of May and the voting and judging will begin the 3rd of June.

The Hairnews Team wishes you all the best for your entries and nominations!


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