We’re happy to announce the next theme in our “So You Think You Can Style?” contest series!

This round we are looking for your best updos! Whether it’s street-style or bridal hair (or perhaps even some Contessa gala-inspo), updos have evolved into so much more than chignons and top-knots. Make a statement with yours and show us what you got!

Remember that while we love seeing photos from your stunning hair collections, this contest doesn't have to break the bank. In-chair shots and snaps in front of your salon's gallery wall (or if you happen to have a designated in-salon Instagram area) will do just fine. At its roots, this photo contest is all about what you craft with your tools and imagination, so don't let dollar signs discourage you!

With the Contessa deadline quickly approaching, we also want to advise against entering photos that you've entered or are planning on entering into the 2018 Contessa Awards.

sc.17.updos.datesNow for some of the more nitty-gritty details for first-time entrants...

You can read all of the official rules here but just so you're familiar with the overall structure of the contest, there are two rounds of judging. We'll be accepting entries starting today until Friday, August 18. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any issues submitting your form or photo. Once entries close, we move onto the first round of judging, in which our finalists are determined by popular vote. You encourage your friends, family, colleagues and those strangers who follow you on social media to vote for your image. At the end of the voting period, the top 50% of entries that receive the most votes become our finalists. Our finalists then move on to the second round of judging, in which a panel of judges at our offices vote independently to determine the first-, second- and third-place winners. The first-place winner will receive an online article, social media shoutouts, a spot in our weekly newsletter and their winning work published in the next issue of Salon Magazine. Basically, our community will know your name—that is if they don't already!

Voting runs from August 21 to September 11, 2017. Finalists will be announced Wednesday, September 12 and the winner will be announced the following Wednesday, September 19.

So now that we have that all covered, time to get up and create! Click here to enter.

Looking for a little direction? Get some inspiration from our library of hair collections.

Photo credits: Hair: Christophe Gaillet; Makeup: Izabela Szelagowska; Styling: Wyza Dominka Syczynska; Photography: Weronica Kosinska



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