Goldwell Color Zoom Challenge Is Scouting The Next Big Hair Colourist

Could a UAE participant be in with a shot? We think so!
Goldwell Color Zoom Challenge Is Scouting The Next Big Hair Colourist
Nina CattBy Nina Catt -

The Goldwell Color Zoom Challenge is one of the biggest live-competitions for hairstylists across the world. It's where the creative elite of hairdressing recreate their winning looks, live on stage.

The Global Zoom event is one of the most inspiring events for stylists from all over the world, and this year the event takes place in Toronto, Canada on September 30.  Paricipants were asked to use Goldwell's lastest hair fashion collection, Elemental as inspiration for their creations. They then submitted their looks into one of the below categories:

NEW TALENT – Junior stylists with less than five years of experience (excluding an apprenticeship)

CREATIVE – Stylists with more than five years of experience (excluding an apprenticeship)

PARTNER – For stylists who are currently working, or have been working with Goldwell as a freelancer, trainer or active representative in the past two years

Here we get the insider scoop from three finalists, who also spill their tips and tricks for budding hair artists and which trends we should be tapping into this season.

Here's what the UAE national winners had to say to Cosmo...

YEVONNE STOOP: SALON INK

Why did you choose to be a colourist?
From a very young age I wanted to become a hairdresser and after studying hairdressing, colouring was definitely my passion. I love the transformation you get, and making my clients feel confident and sassy with colour.

How do you feel about being named one of the best colourists in the region according to Goldwell?
It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised from such a well-known brand in the market. All the hard work and continuous training that we do as hairdressers has paid off, I can’t wait for the next part of the competition in Toronto.

What sets you apart in the competition to win your category?
I've been living in Dubai for over 10 years, my clients are from all walks of life and all different nationalities. I think this has really added to my experience in hair colouring, and creating diverse styles and creations.

Do you think the UAE winner has a chance to win globally?
YES!! I hope so, it will be an amazing experience to compete against so many countries and talented hair stylists.

What advice would you give to a colourist who wants to enter the Color Zoom Challenge?
This is one of the best things I decided to do…but  plan ahead. You can never start getting your ideas together too early! Using images, trends and mood boards really helped me. Be confident in the look you want to achieve and to go for it!

What is the best part about being a colourist?
I love to see transformations big or small, and giving my clients something they love, and something that's on-trend but easy to manage at home. One of the great things about being a colourist is that every day is different.

What are the top colour trends in the Middle East?
Being in this region has a real mix of trends from bright bold colours, to soft natural blonde balayage, but Dubai is definitely up there for keeping up with trends from around the world.

Which iconic hair colour do you love?
Marilyn Monroe... beautiful clean bleach blonde.

Which celebrities’ colouring job is your fave, and why?
I don't have a particular favourite celebrity, I follow accounts on social media and love watching all the big events such as the Oscars. I love seeing the different looks, lots of which are wigs these days, which can make our job a little tough sometimes!

What would you do if you won Color Zoom Challenge 2018?
You will hear me screaming from Toronto! I would be incredibly happy. Winning the competition would allow me to work with the Goldwell team learning and creating the new collection for next year, which I could bring back to Dubai and use on my clients.

VICTORIA EDWARDS: SALON SLAM

Why did you choose to be a colourist?
I’ve always loved all things bright and in your face, so when I could choose a career doing that whilst bringing people happiness, it seemed like a no brainer to me.

How do you feel about being named one of the best colourists in the region according to Goldwell?
I’m honestly very shocked – but obviously happy about the results. I thought there were a lot of great shoots this year.

What sets you apart in the competition to win your category?
I honestly don’t know. I’m just grateful I was even considered.

Do you think the UAE winner has a chance to win globally?
I think anyone with enough passion, self-belief and technical abilities has a chance to win.

What advice would you give to a colourist who wants to enter the Color Zoom Challenge?
Prep, prep, prep. You can have the best model in the world but if you don’t plan for every twist and turn, you’ll have problems. The worst thing you can do is rush the day as it will always show.

What is the best part about being a colourist?
I would say the best thing would be that no day is ever the same, and you can change so much in such a short space of time including someone’s day /week/month.

What are the top colour trends in the Middle East?
Balayage doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Sun-kissed hair will always be popular in the land of sun.

Which celebrities’ colouring job is your fave, and why?
Oh Gwen Stefani without a doubt! Love, love her hair. She never has roots, is never afraid to try different looks, and always stands out from the crowd.

DAVIDE LOSI: SALON Y-12

Why did you choose to be a colorist?
In the salon I cut hair, but lately I’ve been leaning more towards colour because of the creative aspect of it. There’s so much you can do with colour – it’s exciting!

How do you feel about being named one of the best colorists in the region according to Goldwell?
It feels great. This is actually the first colour competition I’ve entered. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. I’m very happy about that.

What sets you apart in the competition to win in your category?
I put a lot of effort, time and passion into creating this image and I think it showed.

Do you think the UAE winner has a chance to win globally?
All the gold winners have done an amazing job. I’m looking forward to seeing who will win this year, but obviously I’ll be cheering for the UAE.

What advice would you give a colorist who wants to enter the Color Zoom Challenge?
Do it! Studying the trend is very important in order to create the perfect image, but most importantly have fun creating it.

What is the best part about being a colorist?
The best part is that you can give something to someone who wants something different, but doesn’t want a hair cut!

What are the top colour trend in the Middle East?
Ash, ash baby! We are seeing a lot of beautiful multi-tonal colour melts. Keeping the colour looking natural, but interesting, glossy and expensive looking.

Which iconic hair colour do you love?
Grace Coddington. I love her! Her hair is a statement! Oh and 2009/2010 Vivienne Westwood!

Which celebrities’ coloring job is your fave, and why?
I have a few ... Megan Massacre is one of them, she uses her hair to express herself , always changing, keeping it fun and not taking herself too seriously.  J.Lo is another one – beautiful colour – I love the warm tones! And Alexa Chung. Her hair is simple and effortless.

Good luck to everyone!
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