Get Ready for the Global Creative Awards UK & Ireland

May 04, 2023

The Global Creative Awards are a unique chance for hundreds of stylists to show their full creativity live without any limitations.

All Kao Salon Division customers that use Goldwell, KERASILK, KMS and Oribe are welcome to participate in the Global Creative Awards with the famous live competition.

“This year, Kao Salon Division will be providing a stage for hundreds of professional stylists to showcase their unique vision and creativity to the whole world. This live event aims to promote and celebrate the craft and skill of hairdressing professionals.

We know from past events that these incredibly talented stylists take their designs to the level of art and our goal is to provide them with a platform for further development and visibility”, says Dominic Pratt, President Global Kao Salon Division.

Stylists can compete in two different ways: the Technical Awards and the Editorial Awards…


Creativity that starts with a photoshoot and ends with a live technical competition. The participants of the technical categories must first compete at the national level in their country, before the Gold Winners move onto the international live competition.

  • New talent colorist of the year: To show the world that age is not a prerequisite for creative excellence, this category is designed for stylists with less than five years of experience.
  • Creative colorist of the year: The ultimate colour competition. In this category, stylists create their vision with a stunning photograph and then recreate it in the international live competition. This category is open to all stylists with the passion and drive to compete in world of colour.
  • Creative haircutter of the year: This new category is open to all passionate haircutters to show the world that their work is a cut above the rest with this precision cutting competition. In this category, stylists create their vision with a stunning photograph and then recreate it in the international live competition.


Four exciting photo-only categories that celebrate the ultimate in editorial creativity. The participants of the editorial categories have to compete globally in this photo-only international competition. In addition to their trophy, the Gold Winners will receive global editorial coverage.

  • Men’s hairstylist of the year: Stylists show their 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: This category is the perfect opportunity to show the creativity of the entire salon team and to create a collection that represents a shared vision.
  • Avant Garde stylist of the year: To win this award, stylists need to push the boundaries of conventional hairstyling and dare to inspire with their collection of visionary work.
  • Editorial colorist of the year: In this category, stylists have to express their vision in colour and to create an editorial colour collection that showcases colour creativity, precision and vision.

“The Kao Salon Global Creative Awards are the highlight of the hairdressing calendar. For us and our salon customers, it’s an opportunity to celebrate their incredible talent and passion. The atmosphere is always electric.

We thank each of our partner salons for taking the time to take part, for joining us for this fantastic event and for continuing to inspire us as a business as well as the entire UK and global hairdressing industry.”

Julie Winchester, General Manager, Kao Salon Division, UK & Ireland

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