Enter Now! Paul Mitchell’s Second Annual Hair Competition, Color Outside The Lines

Tyson Noriega (Ogden, UT) 2016 grand prize winner.

Do you fancy yourself a hair color pro? Does the smell of color and coffee define your morning routine? If hair color is your calling, Paul Mitchell’s Color Outside the Lines hair competition is a great opportunity to show what you’re made of as a colorist, have a tremendous amount of fun with your craft and potentially win a trip to Sardinia, Italy to present your skill.

Paul Mitchell invites professional stylists of all specialties to Color Outside the Lines and show off their hair-coloring skills by entering their second annual hair color competition. Entries will be accepted beginning January 1 through March 15, 2017, where by participants may enter for a chance to snag incredible prizes, a trip to Sardinia to experience Global Gathering—John Paul Mitchell Systems’ industry extravaganza for salon professionals around the world. 


  • Entries accepted starting January 1, 2017
  • Final must be uploaded by Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Finalists announced April 17, 2017
  • Finalists presentations at Paul Mitchell’s Global Gathering in Sardinia, Italy June 2017


  • Best National Entry (within the U.S. and Canada; click here for official rules)
  • Best New Talent (licensed within the last 5 years; U.S. only)
  • Best International (outside the U.S. and Canada; visit international tab here to locate participating country)



  • Grand prize trophy
  • Airfare and hotel accommodations to attend John Paul Mitchell Systems’ Global Gathering for an on-stage presentation (Sardinia, Italy, June 2017)
  • Feature in a trade magazine
  • Participation in a Paul Mitchell collection shoot
  • Feature in Paul Mitchell’s New and Now
  • Blog post, social media coverage and a feature on PaulMitchellPro.com
  • Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color Master Artist Kit


  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color Master Artist Kit
  • Neuro Style 1” Styling Iron
  • Feature on PaulMitchellPro.com


The contestants will be judged for individual vision. All judging is done blindly; the judges will not know the names or identities of the entrants during the contest.

  • 70% Hair color technique, choice of colors, and how the hair color respects the cut and style.
  • 30% Overall vision, creativity and interpretation of trend

For more information on Paul Mitchell’s Color Outside the Lines contest, official rules and tips from our judges, please visit coloroutsidethelines.paulmitchell.com.


  • Beautiful spectrums of color can be found in nation and man-made creations.
  • Sunsets flaunt soft pinks, pastel purples, warm oranges and baby blues.
  • City lights shimmer with neon yellows and glowing whites.

Participants should be mindful of these friendly tips when planning a photo shoot.

  • Study the mood boards and make sure your work suits the mood you are entering.
  • Storyboard your concepts down to nail polish, poses, props, etc. Practice the looks before the shoot.
  • Be selective when choosing a model, makeup artist, fashion stylist and photographer. These essential people will make your best work even better and elevate the average shoot into award-winning territory.
  • Create a timeline and do your best to stick to it. Time management is very important on a shoot!
  • Make sure the final image submitted reflects your best effort and goal for the competition.