Hairdressing Photographic Challenge

The Event

The Inspire Hairdressing Photographic Challenge replicates professional competitions. Students are asked to create a style and submit one photograph for judging in the following categories:

  • Women’s Hair Commercial – Intermediate (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Women’s Hair Commercial – Advanced (Level 3)
  • Women’s Hair Avant Garde – Any Level
  • Men’s Hair – Intermediate (Levels 1 and 2)

Styles will be judged for overall look by Errol Douglas MBE and Peter Belcher.

The Final

For each category, the top 6 entries will be selected to take part in the final event, which will be held in June 2017, provisionally at East Berkshire College.

Final judging will take place at the event, where there will be an exhibition of the finalists’ work.

The winner of each category will be announced, followed by the presentation to the overall competition winner.

There will be one overall winner.


The winner will spend a day with Errol at one of his many exciting commitments. Depending on the date, it could be a day in his salon in Mayfair; a photoshoot; a competition or something equally exciting.

The 2017 winner was invited to spend a day backstage with Errol at London Fashion Week, as Errol styled models for the catwalk.

All entrants receive a certificate; all finalists receive a certificate to acknowledge their achievement, and in 2017 were lucky enough to also receive a Schwarzkopf goodie bag.

In 2017 the runner up of each category received a certificate and set of straighteners.

In 2017 the winner of each category received a certificate, a trophy and a pair of hairdressing scissors.

The overall winner will receive the day with Errol, a trophy and a certificate.