If you’re young, ambitious and want to make your mark in hairdressing, get ready for the ultimate career kickstart. The It List 2021 is open, ready for entry – and we’ve got news!

Every year Creative HEAD’s The It List, exclusively partnered by hairdressing mega-brand ghd, catapults the UK and Ireland’s most exciting new hair talents into the spotlight. In 2021 we’re on the hunt once again for the industry’s best young business-builders, style-makers, hard grafters and game-changers – the names who’ve been setting the barbering, session styling and salon spheres on fire, and all aged 30 or under.

Think you’ve got what IT takes? Great! We’re excited to meet you. So, let’s run through how it’s all going to work.

Bottom line: you can only enter The It List 2021 if you’re going to be aged 30 or under by the closing date of Monday 14 June 2021. If that rules you out, why not consider entering the Most Wanted awards instead?

Yes, all entries will be digital-only in 2021, meaning no more strange looks in your local Post Office as you try to squeeze a mannequin head into a letter box! Digital entries not only keep your costs to a minimum, and they allow you to express your creativity to the max. Full details on how to enter can be found here.

With six It List categories to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits, whether you’re edging it on the editorial scene, catching the eye with your creative techniques, or blazing a trail with your salon business. Even if you’re right at the start of your hairdressing journey, your boss can nominate you for the Rising Star category.

Your It List entry will be judged by top hair pros like Sam McKnight and Errol Douglas MBE, editors from the likes of Vogue, 10 Magazine and The Sunday Times Style, talent scouts from international agencies like Art + Commerce and leading influencers like Luke Hersheson and Sophia Hilton. And you know what? Your work deserves it.

If you make it to the Grand Final on Monday 6 September, you’ll not only take your place among hundreds hair and fashion VIPs, you could really get the chance to shine, winning an It List trophy, a year in the Creative HEAD spotlight and the chance to spend time with ghd ambassadors Adam Reed, Zoë Irwin and Charlotte Mensah.

It’s free to enter The It List 2021, and your career could sky-rocket as a result. So choose your category now, and let’s hope we see you at the Grand Final!

2021 competition now closed

Judging day: Tuesday 6 July
Finalists announced online: Wednesday 7 July
Grand Final: Monday 6 September, London
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