iBy Charlotte Boyes Multi award winning Hair Stylist
I wanted to make this blog/page dedicated to telling everyone how to be a winner and enter a competition successfully.
I have become of the U. K’s Leading hair extensionists after winning awards since 2012
Great Lengths Rising Star of the Year 2012 /13
Great Lengths Fast Track Award 2014/15
Balmain Hair extensionists of the year Finalist 2015
Hairdressers Journal Hair extensionists of the year 2015
and finally, .......THE JUDGE of Hairdressers Journal Hair extensionist of the year 2016 ....and then my most successful my sell out #charlotteboyesmasterclass I have also worked with great lengths on menhancements featured in magazines across the uk and blogs with some of the world leading extension brands.
Now I’m going to tell you how to win!!!After my years of success and been a judge I cannot enter myself so I want to see all you guys use this to get in your dream magazine!
Read the terms and conditions of the competition carefully, check your available for any dates you may need to do live work and that your model can travel.
ensure that you can use any brand and type of hair extension, some completions not all want you to use only there brand so check.
this is a lot to take in but at this stage, find out who are the judges? Stalk them on social media find out what they like what hair they like who they follow.
before you let your brain start to explode with ideas ………WRITE THEM DOWN! old school sit at your dining table with Pinterest and Instagram and your latest copy of hairdresser’s journal aka (the bible)
I want you to brain storm like your 14 and doing homework tare pages out and stick everything together like a big old hairdressing monster of ideas, you will see a theme or a link to a lot of the images you like….so then go into that …are you choosing majority of precision cuts…natural flowing…. colours…. texture…. once you can see that elaborate on it research again just targeting what you like and want to achieve. You need to stand out but for the right reasons you need to absolutely kill it.
This then brings you to a suitable model.
DO NOT CHOOSE A CLIENT THAT ONLY LIKES THERE HAIR HOW THEY LIKE IT ……DO NOT CHARGE YOUR CLIENT FOR BEEN A MODEL !!!!and this is going to be harsh but NO UGLY’S
Because you are wanting to create something that you want to do and you are gaining from ….and unless you are paying them for their time why should they pay you?
Also DO NOT SUBMIT A PICTURE OF A BLONDE HAIRED MODEL AND FIT BLCK HAIR ON THE DAY !
Same model and same hair live and on photos !
I never ever charge any models for their hair I show them my ideas and get in writing I have full creative control over their hair, make up and styling during the time they are modelling, A bit like ‘Mr Greys Contract lol’ basically you’re getting free hair but I’m doing what I want to do or you don’t get it!
I also make sure I use NEW HAIR YES BRAND NEW HAIR TO FIT ON THE FINAL!! You wouldn’t go on master chef and serve Gregg chocolate pudding you made 6 weeks ago so why would the judges want to see your old work?
Remember you are first judged on 1 photo before you even get to the next stage so they will be looking at everything the styling and the model, you need someone who can relax and be photogenic if you don’t have someone in mind then look at hiring professional models
…. now the costs are adding up??
You will need to pay for
-2 lots of hair
-2 lots of travel
-2 lots of accommodation if needed
-Makeup artist if needed
-photographer if needed
If you can tick all of these then you can read further.
UNDER THE HOOD .... I am the original #underthehood that you see hashtag on most hair extensionist work on social media I have said it for years but remi cachet and hairdressers journal loved it and I had an editorial about what I would look for as a judge and now use the term, I am always here to help follow me on Instagram and add me on Facebook send me your images or ideas I will always give little suggestions.
But what does that mean?
When I say under the hood I mean, I want to see your work under the glamour’s curls I want to see
-correct ratio of natural hair to extension
-the correct fitting type for your client’s hair and needs (yes, I will check with your model and see if you have educated them about what they are wearing)
-the right amount of movement-your bond is sealed, shiny you have used a flat or a cylinder there hard and the size of a grain of rice .... if you have used a ring method you have used the correct ring size and type, that the ring is sealed the 'I ‘tip/minitip is the correct weight,
even though I use wefts in my salon I would never enter one into a competition the skill you need isn’t enough to beat the alternatives ....and I know some weave queens there the best in the uk but I would definitely not advise it ...but if you do then I will buy you a crown myself if you win! it’s not that you’re not good enough it’s just not precise enough and natural enough for a COMPERTITION.
-choice of colours
-the texture matches
-ethnicity of client natural hair and extensions
-THE CUT (#charlotteboyesmasterclass) lol needed to plug that somewhere!
-how you have styled it
-what you have used to create the look ,this is because no matter how beautiful your curls are or how amazing your braids are I would get you to take them out so I could get stuck in looking under …your curls should pop back on your braiding and fishtails better be quick enough to be up and down whilst each of the judges come and look ….I would also look at how good your styling is and how you have built it up ,this isn’t because it’s a comp this is because even if I was working on a client they expect there curls to be bouncy in a weeks’ time so you can brush and brush my curls bounce right back up just as they should .I’m old school when it comes to a good bow dry and setting your hair correctly it makes me want to die watching people rag straighteners through someone’s extensions .I like to see consistency and flow I want you to really think about what products you should use .
-products you have used
TAKE PICTURES and at every stage and lots don’t just take one take it with flash or without and from different angles, take close ups of your work.
When it comes to selecting the right image to submit
I always round up at least 4 and leave them in the salon reception…. I ask clients to vote for what they like, stylists to vote for what they like.
Because you are in your own bubble others may not see what you want them to see ANNNDDD all the judges may not be hairdressers so won’t look at it from a technical view they will judge it on it’s over all appeal and appearance!i won with one photo I didn’t like and im stubborn it took some persasion
TIMING just like a recipe you should do yourself a time sheet to work too during the final to ensure you calm, you know exactly how long you have and have left for finishing touches.
You are going to need to speak ….and dare I say on STAGE aggghhhhhh……. I hated this the most I am a northern bird I don’t even like speaking through the mic in mc Donald’s drive through! I panic in case I order wrong lol.
The first time I had a microphone shoved under my nose was when we were being filmed working on our models before the live final for Balmain …. not only was I been filmed ….and had to speak…. I had Errol Douglas stood watching me and asking me the bloody questions I absolutely died !he’s like a big deal! stood next to me!
So, all dry mouthed I blurted out my name …I think I got it right lol …but then remembered I do actually know what I’m talking about and at the end of the day soz Errol but just another hairdresser so in my erratic brain I decided I was just talking to my mum as she actually is the best hairdresser I know (just saying)! I managed to get out what I wanted to say .
Anywhoooo …. Errol then asked me ‘when are you putting the extensions in’
Well guess what I had already done it and he couldn’t tell! THEEEEE Mr Douglas hadn’t seen my attachments, he had to put the mic down and get stuck into my model’s head to find them!
And even though I’m writing this about me lol I felt well good …. we went on to the stage a few hours later again I was handed the microphone but just tried to keep calm and just repeated what I had done earlier …. basically, what I’m trying to say is the judges are not trying to trick you they just want you to show off your skills there asking so you can explain to them why you have done something a particular way.
After I had finished speaking he made my model stand up and said I had been too modest and showed them all the sectioning as he was impressed. (if your reading this hi)
Oh, and even though I have said basically …. when you are on stage try not to urmmm /basically/what I did! which takes most of my vocabulary away but it makes you sound more professional
I would advise just to have some little promt cards with you with how you created your look and what inspired you ,what brand you used ,lengths and origin and explain your colour choice and finish.
APART FROM ALL THAT GET YOUR PICTURES ENTERED DON’T LET ALL THE BIG SLAONS BUY THERE AWARDS GO WIN THEM WITH SKILL AND KNOWLAGE !