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Enter into the YoungXpert Category

With the exception of the information supplied below, all entry mechanics, rules and regulations and criteria for entry into the main competition also apply to the YoungXpert entrants.

STAGE 1

Photographic Submissions:

(refer to main competition for entry options and closing date)

STYLE 1: STREET CHIC

  • Use model’s own hair.
  • Hair must be relaxed.
  • Colour permitted.

STYLE 2: Urban Fantasy

  • Only one ornament or hairpiece may be used and may not cover more than one third of the style.
  • Natural hair must be relaxed.
  • Colour permitted. Including neon shades.

Grande Final

At the Grand Final you will be expected to produce styles in the same category as your photographic submission, taking into account the following rules:

Street Chic Style

  • Contestants must create a Street Chic style with significant points allocated to hairdressing skill, creativity, movement and technique.
  • Natural hair must be relaxed and quality of relaxed hair is key.
  • Hairstyle must consist of at least 75% of real hair (model’s own hair, not hair pieces or extensions).
  • Colour is permitted and must be pre-applied if desired.
  • Hairpieces may be pre-prepared but the style may not consist of previously prepared hairpieces simply clipped on. They may only be attached during the competition and skill in blending with own hair will be taken into consideration.
  • Judges will be on the lookout for a professional overall finish look as well as the level of creativity and hairdressing

Urban Fantasy

  • Contestants must create an Urban Fantasy style with significant points allocated to level of styling techniques, balance, form and movement.
  • Natural hair must be pre-relaxed and quality of relaxed hair is key.
  • Colour is permitted and must be pre-applied if desired.
  • Hairpieces may be pre-prepared but the style may not consist of previously prepared hairpieces simply clipped on. They may only be attached during the competition and skill in blending with own hair will be taken into consideration.
  • Judges will be on the lookout for a professional overall finish look as well as the level of creativity and hair dressing skill shown on creating the look.
  • Creative interpretation of "Urban fantasy" is key.

Only student stylists, not younger than 16 years old are eligible to enter the YoungXpert category. Proof of age and enrolment in an official/accredited hairdressing training institution will be required. Sofn’free will not be held liable for any minor. YoungXpert Stylists who are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Only one legal guardian will be allowed per YoungXpert stylist.Entry form must be authorized by a legal guardian where applicable.

Find Your Inspiration

A collective of inspirational styles and the artists who create them.

Khomotso Moloto, 29, Sowetan Fashion Editor.

IG: @missmoloto

I always find it hard to categorize my style because I don’t believe one should. Depending on how I feel or what message I may be trying to get across that particular day, will influence my choice.

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Luyanda Madonia, 27, Fashion Blogger & Designer.

IG: @silverwears

I just love to experiment with my hair. It is fun and a great way to get to know your hair. My hair makes me feel like an empowered black woman, ready to take over the world.

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Hair by Bongani Nhlapo, Sofn’free HairXperts Creative.

IG: @bongani_guru

We love this uber creative take to the classic “Bridal Fantasy Style” by Sofn’free Creative and HairXperts 2015 Winner, Bongani Nhlapo. His use of Sofn’free product knowledge and out-of-this-world creativity always leaves us applauding.

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