BLOG: Top tips for being part of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy awards, by Bang salon’s Sarah Cotton

Sarah Cotton

Created by Jonathan and Sarah Cotton in 2007, Bang is an exciting, independent hairdressing company based in the heart of the beautiful city of York, where it has made a name for itself as the place to go for unsurpassable standards of fashion forward hairdressing.

We love this time of year; a fresh year, a fresh start and the competition season begins with getting our entry sorted for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy. This year it is the competition’s 60th Anniversary, so we know it is going to be an amazing event and one that we hope we will be part of again. Last year we made it all the way to the grand final and managed to scoop the North East Award, which was a fantastic buzz for the whole team. It’s a great time of the year to start forward thinking as regard to trends anyway and we now dovetail our first photographic collection to coincide with the entry timings for the Colour Trophy!

Here are our top tips and advice for entering:


Take a look at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy website to update yourself on the categories as there are now several and you don’t want to miss any out!  Whichever you decide to enter, you need to start researching trends for Autumn/Winter 15  as early as possible. Keep an eye on the fashion week runways to make sure you are on the right track. Pinterest is a great tool for sharing your inspirations with the rest of your team and encourage everyone in your team to share their ideas, too.

All our hair team love getting involved in shoots, so we are never short of talent hungry for success in this competition. Invest in a good make-up artist, brief them on your concept and ask for their professional input.

Selecting your model

We don’t always want to use professional models, because you are very limited with what you can do with their hair. We are constantly scouting for potential models on the streets of York and around the local universities.  If you are not using a professional, make sure you test shoot them first and give them some catwalk coaching. If they are not professional, they need to look professional.

Taking the Photograph

You don’t want to put all that effort into your look just to have it let down by an amateurish photograph so you need to find a photographer who can take a good image for you. Of course a good fashion/beauty photographer can make all the difference, however the most important thing is just someone who understands lighting so that the judges can see the hair properly. If you are close to a university then why not try to contact the photography department and see if any of the students would like to be involved

Selecting the entry

We take several images as we make them part of our collection, so after taking all of them we will select the one that we thinks best follows the brief and the one that we think could win it!  Entering is really easy now – you just have to do it online and upload the image, so it literally takes minutes to do. Then it is just a matter of waiting to hear if you have made it through to the live stages of the competition.

Good luck everyone!

– Sarah
Twitter: @banghairyork


Enter the L’Oreal Colour Trophy here:

Ed Note: Next month a L’Oréal Colour Trophy winner will share their tips on preparing for the Live Regional Finals