Alfaparf Milano USA Colorist of the Year 2022

Meet Last Year's Finalists

and take a sneak peek into the finals

For this first stage we want you to post your best work –the work you're most proud of from last year. Tell us why it showcases your best work!

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Post an image of the work you selected to your IG feed.

• Tag @AlfaparfUSA

• Use the hashtag [in the caption] #APMproColoristoftheYear2022_StageOne

• Tell us in the caption why it's your best work

• Submission does not have to feature Alfaparf Milano Professional for this stage.

• Enter as many time with unique posts as you like.

STAGE DETAILS:

This stage is open to any licensed cosmetologist within the United States of America.

Up to 300 stylists will move on to Stage Two

Entry must be submitted by May 11th, 2022

#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_StageOne

We want to see your bleach + toning skills!

Using Alfaparf Milano Professional BB Bleach and Color Wear Gloss Toner we want you to create your perfect blonde end result. Highlights, Balayage, Bleach + Tone, or Lived in, it's up to you.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

• Post your end result + before image to your IG feed using the contest watermark

• Tag @AlfaparfUSA + include the hashtag #APMproColoristoftheYear2022_StageTwo

• Include the formula and step by step details in the caption

STAGE DETAILS:

Up to 150 stylists will move on to Stage Three

Stages Two opens May 16th and entires must be submitted by June 6th

Stylists must use BB Bleach and Color Wear Gloss Toner 10.21, and any other shade of choice from the gloss toner range in their end results

Product will be sent to participants to complete stage two

#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_STAGETWO

Show off your skills working with all textures!

In this round contestants will work to create two beautiful finished looks –one on a straight canvas, and one on natural texture using Evolution of the Color, Color Wear Cream, and/or Color Wear Gloss Toner.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

• Post a carousel of your finished work including one side by side image of each finished canvas; each individual finished look, and the before images.

• Tag @AlfaparfUSA + include the hashtag#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_StageThree

• Include the formula and step by step details in the caption.

STAGE DETAILS:

Up to 30 stylists will move on to the Semi Finals.

Stages Three opens June 20th and entires must be submitted by July 18th.

Stylists must use Evolution of the Color and Color Wear Cream to achieve their end results.

Stylists can use the same model or client, or two distinct canvases.

For this stage stylists will be given a code to select the shades of their choice from our website.

#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_STAGETHREE

Inspired by our the global Next GenHAIRation contest, contestants will be asked to create two completely original shades using Evolution of the Color and Color Wear Cream.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

• Create two unique shades, one using EOC, the other Color Wear Cream.

• Post a video –one for each shade– explaining the formula and what you used to create it.

• Tag @AlfaparfUSA + include the hashtag #APMproColoristoftheYear2022_SemiFinals.

• Swatches must be submitted by September 6th, 2022.

• Shades must be tested and submitted in natural hair swatches which will be provided by the @AlfaparfUSA team.

• Shades must be developed using Evolution of the Color and Color Wear Cream. At this stage stylists must also register for the Global contest; more details will be provided to stylists that advance to this stage.

STAGE DETAILS:

Shades must be tested and submitted in natural hair swatches which will be provided by the @AlfaparfUSA team

Shades must be developed using Evolution of the Color and Color Wear Cream, and Pigments. ONE swatch must be created using Evolution Of the Color and the other Color Wear Cream. Pigments can be added to each for customization.

At this stage stylists must also register for the Global contest; more details will be provided to stylists that advance to this stage

Only 6 Stylists will move on to the finals

#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_SEMIFINALS

We can't wait for this year's finals, but to keep the contestants on their toes and to keep some mystery, we will be sharing all the details and rules for the finals in person in New York City.

What we can say is get ready for model prep, bleaching, color corrections, cutting and styling.

Are you up for it? Stay tuned to see who makes it to the finals!

STAGE DETAILS:

Stylists must be able to attend the finals in person.

If stylist is unable to make the finals they will be disqualified from the competition.

#APMproColoristoftheYear2022_FINALS

Ready to go to New York with us?

Colorist of the Year 2022 Grand Prize

Grand Prize valued at $30k 

Alfaparf Milano Professional Colorist of the Year 2022 Title

Engraved Plaque + Communication on all brand channels.

One Year Alfaparf Milano Professional Product Sponsorship.

Up to 10k in products of your choice.

Participation in the Alfaparf Milano Professional 2023 Artistic Campaign.

Including travel and accommodation.

Participation in the Alfaparf Milano Global GenHAIRation Contest.

Including travel and accommodation for you + a guest.

GenHAIRation Grand Prize

The winner of the contest will live a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with ALFAPARF MILANO PROFESSIONAL.

Official production of the winning shade

Become part of ALFAPARF MILANO PROFESSIONAL’s history and bring your color to salons across the world.

Participation in the 2023 Collection

Learn from the best, find out how a collection is created and be the first to enjoy the newest style and color creations!

Visibility on the brand’s GLOBAL Social Channels

Bring your talent to the spotlight…it’s time for you to shine!

OVERVIEW:

This is a competition for stylists based in the United States. Employees of Alfaparf Milano are not eligible to participate. Any stylist in the US is encouraged to submit an entry during Stage 1.  


ELIGIBILITY: 

The Alfaparf Milano USA Colorist of the Year 2022 contest is only open to stylists based in the US who are at least eighteen (18) years old and located in and primarily operate in the fifty (50) United States (including DC). The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

“Brand”: BIP, Inc. 8200 NW 33rd Street, #109, Miami, FL 33122


Agreement to the Official Rules:

Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules. Brand’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning the prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth within.


TIMING: 

Phase 1 of the Contest begins on Wednesday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on April 23rd, 2022. The Company reserves the right to extend timing at will. 


HOW TO ENTER: 

Please see details of Stage 1 for information on how to Enter. Once Stage 1 closes, no additional new entrants into the competition will be accepted. Each stage has unique submission rules (for example some stages may accept mannequins or wefts/extensions, and some may not). 

  


PHOTO GUIDELINES:

Images must be of good quality with strong resolution. Optimal image sizes are 1080 pixels wide by 566 pixels to 1350 pixels high. Submissions must be made on IG feed. Submissions on IG Stories, Facebook or any other social media platform will not be accepted. Professional photos are not necessary. Photos for all stages must be from January 1, 2021 or later.


CONTENT RESTRICTIONS:

Entrant may not make any claims or beliefs (positive or negative) about any product or its performance.Entrant may not make any statement about a brand other than Brand’s (including mere reference of its use).

Product logos and brand names other than Brand’s may not be displayed.


The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.

The Submission must not disparage Brand’s, or any other person or party.

The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.

The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where Submission is created.


ENTRY LIMIT:

The entrant may submit as many images as he/she/they like for Stage One.



BRAND’S USE OF SUBMISSIONS: 

Posting a submission with the applicable tags constitutes the stylist’s consent to give Brand a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, stylist will sign any documentation that may be required for Brand or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights stylist is granting to use the Submission. Stylist shall indemnify and hold Brand (and its officers, directors, shareholders and affiliates) harmless from any losses incurred by the Indemnified Parties as a result of a breach by Stylist of the representations and warranties made in this agreement.Upon Brand request, stylist must be prepared to provide (within five (5) calendar days of the receipt of Brand’s request) a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, and/or from the owner of any material that appears in the photograph entry. Failure to provide such release upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the Contest and selection of an alternate winner.


JUDGING:

During each Judging Phase (including the finals), a panel of judges determined by the Brand in its sole discretion will select stylists to move to the next Stage from entries received. For the finals, 6 stylists will be invited to attend and compete in the Final USA Competition in NYC (location and all timing details are subject to change). Brand reserves the right to select fewer than the maximum stylists for each next stage, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive sufficient eligible and qualified submissions. 


Submissions will be judged based on factors unique to each Stage. Brand will post the details of submission judging as each new stage launches. Generally, the criteria will include, but not be limited to: Technical excellence, including color placement, technique, overall end result, and formula, styling and finishing excellence, including attention to detail and final hair placement. Description of submission, as identified for each stage.

GRAND PRIZE:

One (1) Overall Grand Prize: Stylist will receive the following:

1. International Trip in 2023 to Alfaparf Milano Academy of Brand’s choosing. Trip includes round trip, coach class air transportation for two (2) from a major airport near the winner’s home (determined by the Brand in its sole discretion) to an airport near the location of the academy; five (5) night accommodation at a hotel determined by the Brand in its sole discretion (one room, double occupancy); and ground transportation to and from destination airport and hotel for winner and guest.

Stylist and guest must travel on the dates determined by the Brand in its sole discretion, or the prize will be forfeited. Guest must be traveling on same flights as winner and will have joint transportation arrangements. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and government restrictions. Travel must be round trip and brand will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight.

All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, gratuities, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of winner.

Winner and guest are solely responsible for obtaining valid passports and any other documents necessary for international travel. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply.

Brand will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. Brand is not responsible if international trip is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Brand's sole discretion. Approximate Retail Value of prize for Stylist and Guest $9000. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value. 

2. Participation in the Brands 2023 USA Campaign Photo Shoot. Participation in the 2023 Alfaparf Milano USA Campaign shoot can vary based on the details of the photoshoot, which is at the discretion of the Brand.

Trip includes round trip, coach class air transportation for winner from a major airport near the winner’s home (determined by the Brand in its sole discretion) to an airport near the location of the shoot; two (2) nights accommodation at a hotel determined by the Brand in its sole discretion (one room, double occupancy); and ground transportation to and from destination airport and hotel for winner.

Winner must travel on the dates determined by the Brand in its sole discretion, or the prize will be forfeited. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and government restrictions.

Travel must be round trip and brand will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight.

All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, gratuities, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of winner.

Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Brand will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates.

Brand is not responsible if trip is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Brand's sole discretion. Approximate Retail Value of prize is $1500. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value. 

3. One year supply of APM product to support your business (max supply of $8000 for the year). Stylist may not divert or sell products on a national or international website such as, but not limited to amazon.com or jet.com.

4. Represent the US in the Global Contest GenHAIRation Contest. Participation in the global contest includes a trip to the global finals, and support from the Alfaparf Milano Professional USA team for the contest.

Trip includes round trip, coach class air transportation for winner from a major airport near the winner’s home (determined by the Brand in its sole discretion) to an airport near the location of the global contest; three (3) nights accommodation at a hotel determined by the Brand in its sole discretion (one room, double occupancy); and ground transportation to and from destination airport and hotel for winner.

Winner must travel on the dates determined by the Brand in its sole discretion, or the prize will be forfeited. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and government restrictions.

Travel must be round trip and brand will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight.

All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, gratuities, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of winner.

Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Brand will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates.

Brand is not responsible if trip is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Brand's sole discretion.

GENERAL CONDITIONS:

Brand reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, if any fraud, technical failures, human error, or any other factor impairs the integrity of the Contest, or any event or cause beyond the Brand’s control interferes with any aspect of the Contest, as determined by Brand in its sole discretion. Brand reserves the right to modify the prizes offered herein. Brand also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or to be in violation of the Official Rules.

DO I HAVE TO BE LICENSED TO ENTER?

You must be fully licensed or actively enrolled in cosmetology school (and in good standing) to participate.

CAN I ENTER IF I'M IN COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL?

As you as you’re still enrolled and in good standing, you bet! In fact, please do. We know there’s some killer student talent out there and we want to see it! 

I LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, CAN I ENTER?

The APM US Colorist of the Year 2022 contest is only open to those stylists living in the US at this time. 

IS INSTAGRAM THE ONLY WAY TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?

In 2022, all photographic entries are made through Instagram. You are welcome to also post on Facebook, but only for your benefit. We will not pull entries from other platforms besides Instagram. 

DOES MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT NEED TO BE PUBLIC?

Yes - please be sure to have your account public. You can change this in your settings.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

Anyone participating in the contest must be 18 years of age or older. This includes models, assistants, and stylists.

CAN MY ENTRY BE ON A MANNEQUIN?

 Yes, but only for Stage One.

IS IT OK IF MY ENTRY USES WEFT, HAIR EXTENSIONS OR LOCS?

Yes, wefts, locs and hair extensions are allowed for Stages One through three. The Semi Finals require a specific use of swatches.

DOES MY IMAGE NEED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY PHOTOGRAPHED?

No, in fact we encourage the opposite. However, photographic quality (lighting and background, overall aesthetic of the image) will be considered in the submission assessment. We encourage you to take some classes or see posts from fellow stylists on how to effectively take images of your work. 

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH STAGE?

Yes, each submission must meet the basic criteria outlined in the stages portion of this site. The image must be of your color and styling work. If another stylist did cutting, please tag that stylist for credit. The image must include the appropriate hashtags and tags (please note that you should tag @alfaparfusa tag instead of @alfaparfmilano_official). Hashtags must be in the caption, not the comment section. Each submission should include copy that follows the guidelines of each stage. Some submissions may require a before and after. 

CAN I ENTER IF I AM NOT AN ALFAPARF MILANO PROFESSIONAL USER?

YES! This contest is open to all stylists within the USA, and you do not need to be an Alfaparf Milano user to enter.

DO I NEED TO USE ALFAPARF MILANO PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS IN EACH STAGE?

For Stage 1, you do not have to use APM products, all other stages require the use Alfaparf Milano Professional products.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STAGE?

After a stage closes, no more submissions will be considered. You will receive notification via DM on from @alfaparfusa if you have been selected to move to the next stage. If you move from Stage 1 to Stage 2, we will request your mailing address so we can send product to you for your next stage[s]. 

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

The judges will be a small group of 6-10 from within the industry.

HOW WILL EACH STAGE BE JUDGED?

We will provide judging criteria for each specific stage as we announce a new stage.At a basic level, each submission will be judged with a combination of criteria including technical excellence, artistic or precise application, photographic quality, and adherence to the rules of the stage.

HOW DO I ADD THE WATERMARK TO MY WORK?

You can add the watermark to your images on photoshop, pronto or other using another application of your choice. 

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I ASK?

Please send your questions through DM on the @alfaparfusa Instagram page!

Will YOU be the Colorist of the Year 2022 Winner?

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