Global Creative Awards 2022: Returning LIVE!

The Kao Salon Division Global Creative Awards 2022 offer stylists the chance to show their full creativity without any limitations!

The cornerstone of the Kao Global Creative Awards 2022 is that stylists are free to create an entry showing their own unique vision through their creativity. All Kao Salon Division customers that use Goldwell, KMS or Oribe are able to participate. The Global Creative Awards 2022 will feature the famous live competition across7 categories. “The first ever Global Creative Awards were held in 2021. They proved that stylists around the world are ready to create inspiring images; once again proving that Creativity Never Stops”, says John Moroney, VP Creative & Communication. 

Stylists can compete in either the Technical Awards (3 categories), or the Editorial Awards (4 categories) 


Creativity that starts with a photoshoot and ends with a live technical competition. For years, the Color Zoom Challenge inspired thousands of stylists to compete. Now it also continues in an exciting new way. 

/ new talent colorist of the year: to show the world that age is not a prerequisite for creative excellence and to show their talent and technical ability. This category is designed for stylists with less than five years of experience. 

// creative colorist of the year: The ultimate color competition. In this category stylists create their vision with a stunning photograph and then recreate it in the international live competition. This category is open to all stylists with the passion and drive to compete in the world of color. 

/// creative haircutter of the year: This new category is open to all passionate haircutters to show the world that their work is a cut above with this precision cutting competition. In this category stylists create their vision with a stunning photograph and then recreate it in the international live competition.

The participants of the technical categories have to also compete first at the national level in their country. Afterwards the Gold winners move on to the International live competition. 


Four exciting new categories of a photo-only global competition that also celebrate the ultimate in editorial creativity. 

/ men‘s hairstylist of the year: Stylists show their mastery and expertise in men’s styling, barbering, and also grooming by creating a collection of cutting-edge men’s looks. 

// salon team of the year: This category is the perfect opportunity to show the creativity of the entire salon team and to create a collection that represents a shared vision as well as showing the power of the entire team. 

/// avant garde stylist of the year: To win this award stylists need to push the boundries of conventional hairstyling and dare to inspire with their collection of visionary work. 

//// editorial colorist of the year: In this category stylists have to express their vision in color and to create an editorial color collection that showcases color creativity, precision and vision. 

The participants of the editorial categories have to compete globally in this Photo-Only International Competition. The Gold Winners of each of the technical categories deserve the recognition and reward for all of their creative efforts. In addition to their trophy, they will receive global editorial coverage. 

The winners of the Global Creative Awards will be announced at the Kao Salon Global Experience Event which will be held in October 2022 – LIVE and in Amsterdam. 

For more information and all of the requirements, rules and regulations of the Global Creative Awards, please go to 


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