Competition Overview

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Intro to Competition

Paul Mitchell® invites you to Color Outside the Lines and show off your hair-coloring skills. Enter to snag incredible prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas to attend Gathering 2018—our industry extravaganza for salon professionals around the world.


  • Entries accepted starting January 1, 2018
  • Entries must be uploaded by Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Grand Prize winners announced May 15, 2018
  • Grand Prize winners presentations at Gathering in July 2018


We're looking for master colorists with top talent:

  • Best National Entry (licensed within the U.S. and Canada; see official rules for details)
  • Best Student Entry (currently enrolled in a U.S. beauty school)
  • Best International Entry (outside the U.S. and Canada) Visit the International tab to locate your participating country then check the local website for their official rules.


  • Natural Makeover—a salon-friendly look using natural tones
  • Creative Makeover—an avant-garde look using fashion tones


Grand Prize Winner in Each Category (4 Total)

  • Grand prize "Color Outside the Lines" trophy
  • Airfare and hotel accommodations to attend Gathering for an on-stage presentation (Las Vegas, July 2018)
  • Participation in a Paul Mitchell® collection shoot—includes airfare and hotel accommodations
  • Feature in New and Now
  • Blog post, social media coverage and a feature on
  • Paul Mitchell® 20th Anniversary collection of limited edition color items

How to Enter

  1. Choose a category.
  2. Create your entry look, secure all releases.
  3. Upload your entry and complete a submission form here.


The contestant will be judged for individual vision. All judging is done blindly; the judges will not know the names or identities of the entrants during the contest.

  • 70% Hair color technique, choice of colors, and how the hair color respects the cut and style
  • 30% Overall vision, creativity and interpretation of trend

Official Rules

  • May only use Paul Mitchell® Professional Hair Color and lightener products to achieve your final look.
  • Must include a before and after picture of your model. If the model has been retouched, please include the unretouched photo with your submission.
  • Each entry must consist of one hairdresser and one model. Only the hairdresser whose name is on the entry form can cut the hair, style the hair and receive the award.
  • No extensions, wigs or hair pieces permitted.
  • No full-body pictures. Must show from the waist up only.
  • All model and stylist participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Color photos only; black-and-white images will not be considered.
  • No Polaroids.
  • Entry photos that have been previously published cannot be considered.
  • Photo rights during the competition are reserved for Paul Mitchell®. Upon completion of the competition, all photographs may be used by both Paul Mitchell® and the entrant.
  • Deadline for online application is Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  • Any failure to comply with the rules of this competition will render a competitor liable for disqualification.
  • It is the contestant’s responsibility to perform a patch test prior to a hair color service.
  • Click here, for the complete list of Official Rules.