Over the last 17 years of hosting awards, we’ve heard every reason under the sun when it comes to why people don’t think they can or should enter. Now, knowing you fabulous bunch as we do, we are all too aware that when hurdles are put in your way, you are the masters at jumping them. So, consider this a well-intended push or beneficial bunk-up towards your trophy bid, as we expose the most common myths that have crossed our paths and why they just aren’t worth entertaining…
#1 – I DON’T HAVE TIME
Ah the age-old problem of not enough time. We get it, with full columns, ambassador obligations, session work, all in a delicate balancing act with home life, it’s hard to find time out to dedicate to your entry. However, there’s no need to overthink it – the entries are simply a culmination of the incredible work you’ve already put in and you have over two months left to bring it all together. If you found just 1 hour a day from the 1 March launch, that’s around 74 hours to compile your Most Wanted entry!
#2 – WRITING ISN’T MY STRONG POINT
Don’t be under the illusion that entering the awards requires essay writing skills. While some categories are wordier, such as Business Thinker, there are plenty of options that have key visual elements including Creative Talent, Colour Expert and Hair Trend for example.
#3 – I’VE USED THE WORK BEFORE
If you want to create work exclusively for your award entry, we will welcome it with open arms but it’s not a necessity. You’re free to bring in existing collections and examples to support your application, in fact some categories even call for evidence of your work over the past 12 months.
#4 – EVERYONE ELSE HAS OUTSIDE HELP
We actively encourage people to compile their own entries because who knows you and your business better than you do? Best Salon Team 2017 winner Cut & Grind did everything in-house! Personality is what makes the judges sit up and take note, they want to see pages that capture your individuality, passion and hard work – they want to hear it from the horse’s mouth.
#5 – IT COSTS A LOT TO ENTER
One thing we love about the Most Wanted entries is their diversity. When the closing date comes around and we get to cast first eyes on this year’s talent, one thing’s for sure – no two will be the same. Hand-build salon replicas, family scrapbooks and polaroid albums are just a few of the many creative guises entries have taken over the years but whether a beautifully presented booklet or more elaborate construction, your entry needn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s the content within that really counts.
#6 – I’LL NEVER WIN
It’s simply not true! There is no rule that governs who will win except talent alone – the Most Wanted judges can vary year-on-year and what they seek is showcases of pure skill. We’ve had first-timers scoop the title such as Supreme Team Lloyds Hair, along with repeat entrants whose pure dedication has seen them rightly recognised and even do the triple, gaining LEGEND status – Best Local Salon Jas Hair were one such name. It’s worth the wait when you win, but there’s nothing to say you’ll be waiting for very long…