2 March 2024

Global Creative Awards 2023 – Get Ready for Live Without Limits!

Get ready for the Global Creative Awards 2023 and the Kao Salon Global Experience 2023! Here’s the unique chance for hundreds of stylists to show their full creativity live without any limitations. Entries for the UK & Ireland are open from 15th – 30th May 2023!

Global Creative Awards 2023

All Kao Salon Division customers using Goldwell, KERASILK, KMS and Oribe are welcome to participate in the famous live competition. “This year, Kao Salon Division will be providing a stage for hundreds of professional stylists. There, they can showcase their vision and creativity to the whole world,” says Dominic Pratt, President Global Kao Salon Division. “This uniquely live event aims to promote and celebrate the craft and skill of the hairdressing professional. 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”.

Stylists can compete in two different ways – the Technical Awards with three different categories and the Editorial Awards, the photo only competition, with four categories.


Creativity that starts with a photoshoot and ends with a live technical competition at the Global Creative Awards 2023.

new talent colorist of the year: to show the world that age is not a prerequisite for creative excellencen and to show their talent and technical ability. This category is designed for stylists with less than five years of experience.

creative colorist of the year: The ultimate color 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 color.

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 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.

The participants of the technical categories have to compete first at the national level in their country.
Afterwards the Gold winners move on to the International live competition.


Four exciting photo-only categories that celebrate the ultimate in editorial creativity.

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 and show the power of the entire team.

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 color and to also create an editorial color collection that showcases color creativity, precision and vision.

The participants of the editorial categories have to compete globally in this Photo-Only International Competition. The Gold Winners of each of the technical categories deserve the recognition and reward for all of their creative efforts. In addition to their trophy, they will receive global editorial coverage.

“The Kao Salon Global Creative Awards are the highlight of the hairdressing calendar,” say Julie Winchester, General Manager, Kao Salon Division, UK & Ireland. “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 and for joining us for this fantastic event. We also thank them for continuing to inspire us as a UK and Global business.



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