The Big One 2021

Guess who’s back? We are delighted to bring back THE BIG ONE UK for it’s fourth year! And, we proudly declare that the competition is officially OPEN…  
This is an exciting opportunity for both emerging and established talent to impress us with your hair photography and eye for design.
For all UK hairdressers, based here or working abroad, we invite you to join in and enter with several categories to choose between. Take a look at the categories below and be sure to read the rules (thoroughly), we can’t wait to start seeing your work.


    For hairdressers under 30 years of age
    A contemporary yet classic, commercial look
    Think avant-garde, we want adventurous and inventive looks
    Work must be created on Afro/Black hair
    An opportunity for Art Teams to show off the creativity of their collaborations
    Show us your most beautiful colour work – subtle or striking, you choose
    We’re looking for an eye-catching and chic salon design within the UK industry
    We decide. This category is not open to entry, and will be selected from the other seven categories by the judges themselves
The Big One Winners

The 2021 winners


  1. The competition The Big One is open to all UK hairdressers working in the UK, as well as non-UK hairdressers who are working in the UK.
  2. To enter The Big One, you must send us your entry dossier by midday  Thursday 22nd September 2022. For any enquiries, please email HERE
  3. The entries must come in the name of one person ie an individual unless you are entering Design or Team. ie the trophies are given to individuals unless they are for Design or Team. 
  4. Your entry dossier must include:
    • Four photographs – no more, no less for each of the seven categories (see point 7.)
    • Credits for your photographs – it is compulsory to include photographer – we cannot be responsible for upsets if credits are missed off. Supplying credits is your way of confirming who took the photographs and that you have permission to use them for this competition and, if we wish, for us to publish them in print and/or online. We will only accept one name for the hair work (cut and/or colour or styling). There is a separate category for ‘teams’. 
    • Your details – your name, salon if applicable, address of salon or your usual contact address, a telephone number, email address (compulsory) and social media handles (optional)
  5. You can send by WeTransfer or equivalent to  We only accept entries in digital format ie no printed documents or photographs
  6. You can enter any category once only (see point 7.) 
  7. You can enter several categories. However, the same pictures can only be used to compete in a max of two categories
    If you would like to enter more categories, you need to send more pictures!
  8. You must send in four photographs – these can be from the same collection or not, you decide. 
  9. The entry doesn’t need to be from a studio shoot or taken by a professional photographer  – if you’ve got a great photograph taken on a smart phone, that will be great too… but they must be good enough quality to make A4 format (21 x 29.7 cm) in 300 dpi. Ask your photographer if you are in doubt about how big they are. 
  10. Photographs can be in colour or black and white (except for The One for Colour, of course where they must be in colour!)
  11. Photographs must be less than 12 months old at 22nd September 2022. Salons for salon design can be refitted or redecorated or launched at any point in the past three years, ie since September 2019
  12. Photographs must be either head and shoulders, or max 3/4 length. Full-length is not allowed and may be disqualified.
  13. Photographs must include no more than one model per shot. 
  14. Entries which don’t meet the above criteria may be disqualified and you may not be notified of this so please be careful. 
  15. Your entry on email to the address will be acknowledged so you know it’s arrived. If you don’t receive a notification first check your Junk folder, then contact us without an attachment to the message. 


By email or WeTransfer to: 

This means either attach your photographs or send to this address by a programme called WeTransfer.

Please ensure you submit your entry correctly, those with missing details and images will not be submitted for judging.

Finalists will be notified by 1st October on email. The awards event will take place live in London on Monday 7th November. Details to come. 

For any enquiries, please email HERE.

Thank you to our sponsors R+Co, Avlon, L’Oréal Professionnel, Oribe and Schwarzkopf Professional

See winners of The Big One 2021, The Big One 2020 and  The Big One 2019 winners and the 7 top tips they followed to bring the trophy home.



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