UK Extensionist of the Year 2016

Do you have what it takes to be the 2016 UK Extensionist of the year?

Now in its sixth year, the UK Extensionist of the Year, in association with Balmain Hair, has gone from strength to strength. Providing a platform for technicians to display their talents in a live format on stage at Pro Hair Live, the competition has seen a host of skilled stylists rise to the top to claim the title.

With two categories – Avant Garde and Commercial Creative – the format enables entrants to embrace their creativity and create a look to inspire and excite in the hopes of making it to the Grand Final in London.

Following a photographic round, where each look will be judged by industry experts, the top four extensionists in each category will be invited to recreate their look live on stage at Pro Hair Live London.

The finalists will then face the scrutiny of the judging panel, based on the final look, techniques, skills and presentation, before the two winners are announced.

The talented champions will receive a specially-curated package including a top London photoshoot, coverage in Professional Hairdresser and a haul of Balmain Hair Couture goodies.

Avant Garde

Let your imagination run wild with fantastical creations, gravity-defying structures and show-stopping colours.

Commercial Creative

Create the perfect look for salon-friendly styles, from glamorous, a-list lengths to beautiful updos and stunning results.

How to enter

All you have to do is take a picture of your fashion-inspired look using hair extensions. Then send it to us using one of the following methods:


Entry Form

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Please submit two entries if you would like to enter both categories

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What you need to know

  • This year your entry must be inspired by fashion and you can use hair extensions of your choice.
  • The deadline for photographic entries is Friday 11th March 2016.
  • Finalists will be announced after judging on Monday 14th March 2016.
  • The finalists in each category will then recreate their looks live on stage at Pro Hair Live London on Sunday 24th April 2016 at London Olympia.

Terms & Conditions

You can use hair extensions of your choice.
The initial photographic entries will be judged by Balmain’s Marketing Director Dawn Reilly, Errol Douglas MBE, PR expert Julie Allen and Editor of Professional Hairdresser, Nicola Shannon.
The deadline for UK Extensionist 2016 is 11th March 2016
Any entries received after this date will not be considered. All entrants need to be available for the final.
The finalists for UK Extensionist 2016 will be announced via social media on 14th March 2016
The finalists in each category will then re-create their look on stage at Pro Hair Live London on Sunday 24th 2016.
Social Media activity is encouraged throughout the competition but not to promote any competitive extension company.
Only official competition @ and # to be used.
An expert panel of judges including Balmain’s Dawn Reilly, Errol Douglas MBE and Editor of Professional Hairdresser, Nicola Shannon will judge the live final. Together with the public vote from the audience and via social media the chosen winners of the UK Extensionist of the Year 2015 will take part in a Balmain Hair photo-shoot and video and receive coverage in Professional Hairdresser magazine.

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