Most Creative Natural Hair Competition

What you will win

As we embrace our multicultural heritage, we celebrate the natural you. We celebrate the client that dares to be confident in their own skin and hair unapologetically. We are bringing back to New Orleans flavors from all over the world.

The Most Creative Natural Hair Competition will revisit the beauty of our NATURAL Wonders. Stylists will showcase their innovative natural looks and styles from head to toe. These styles will allow our minds to rethink chemical-free and embrace what we grow naturally.
This is your opportunity to SHINE.  Our Main Stage will become a platform of curly tresses, locs, and straight styles to wow our minds and will truly AMAZE you concerning what is inconceivably possible! 


SUNDAY, March 19, 2023
Place: Ernest Morial Convention Center
Address: 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

Check-in Location: Competition Check-in Desk in the Registration Hall
Check-In Time: 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Prep Location: Competition Headquarters (DO NOT GO TO MAIN STAGE)
Prejudging time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Briefing: 11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Line up: 11:50 a.m.
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. Main Stage
Stage Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Judging: 1:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
End Time: 2:00 p.m.


DEADLINE:  Thursday,
March 16, 2023

The fee for this competition is $100.00
(You still must pay for admission to the show separately).

Click Here to Purchase your Beauty Show Pass to enter Exhibit floor to participate and/or view the competition.

THE COMPETITOR’S MODEL will be given complimentary entrance to the Bronner Bros. Exhibit Hall Floor on the day of their competition ONLY!
Please BE ON TIME!

Most Creative Natural Hair

By paying the entry fee, you are agreeing to all the General Rules and Regulations and the individual rules of this competition. 

Rules & Regulations

  • MODELS: You MUST provide two forms of ID to registration for this competition to show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card with your name on it). Because age can be deceiving, your model must prove their age. Proof that the model is at least 18 years of age. Without it, the model cannot be used.
  • COMPETITOR: Must upload active proof of licensure in your state of residence.
  • Please contact the Director of Competitions at the email listed below at the bottom of the rules if your state does not require licenses for further details.
  1. Please click Here to review the General Rules and Regulations.
  2. No Hair cutting is allowed in this competition. Competitors can only perform hair arranging or braiding. If you are a licensed cosmetologist and have valid proof of current licensure, we have waivers that can be signed for you to be allowed to cut hair during the on stage competition. Please reach out to the email sited at the end of the rules and regulations.
  3. Please arrive on time! Once doors are closed, no competitors or models will be allowed to enter. Security will be present. There will be no refunds given for late arrivals. Doors are closed at 11:00 a.m..
  4. PLEASE NOTE: There are many traffic delays that may occur downtown near the Convention Center. Please make time allotments accordingly for parking, longs walks and possible road detours. These delays are not considered excused nor acceptable to be allowed into the competition after the roll of competitors has been completed. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.
  5. This competition is open to licensed and unlicensed professionals cosmetologist with proof of license and state issued ID. In order to use shears/scissors, you will need to provide proof of current licensure.
  6. Current Bronner Brothers employees, platform artists, and educators cannot compete in this competition. A minimum of 1 year of non-association is required to qualify.                             
  7. What to Bring to Registration for Model and Stylist:
    1. You MUST bring two forms of ID to registration that day to show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card with your name on it). Proof that the model is at least 18 years of age. Without it the model cannot be used. 
    2. Your License or proof online of your active status. (It may be requested.)
    3. The QR codes sent to you via email or Text with your proof of purchases for:
      1. Admissions (1 day pass, 3 day/2 night pass).
      2. Competition fee payment of $100.
  8. No Children under 12 are allowed on the Exhibit floor, back stage or in the area for this competition. Click here for our onsite DAYCARE options.
  9. Models must be 18 years or older to participate.
  10. All models are welcome of any race, creed, or nationality.
  11. Competitor may enter one model per entry fee. If more than one model is entered, there will be no extra time allotted during the prep time slot.
  12. It is the responsibility of the competitor to make sure that the model has had food and ample hydration (water) before and during the competition.
  13. The use of Hair glue/adhesive, clip-ins, and/or extension tape is prohibited. If found to be used in any way, significant points will be deducted.
  14. Blow dryers, Flat irons and curling irons are allowed. 
  15. Competitors have full use of all cutting equipment to implement the style desired. Bring your own combs, brushes, shears, color sprays, clippers.
  16. No Straight edge razors are to be used against the scalp.
  17. Competitors have 1 hour total to execute the natural style by cutting,  pinning, curling, or twisting into your creation.
  18. Metal hair clips (duck bills), butterfly clips and styling clips are allowed during the competition to hold the hair during styling.
  19. Report with models dressed, makeup and accessories done before arrival. No dressing rooms will be provided.
  20. Arrive with the models combed straight down. All shampoo services (including coloring) have to be completed before arriving to the convention center.
  21. Competitor agrees to appear on site at the required CHECK-IN time or risk point deduction and/or possible disqualification for non adherence to the time requirements. Our competitions are viewed on Main stage and have extensive Run of Show obligations. Main stage is time sensitive. Competitors that are tardy are heavily penalized. There will be NO REFUNDS issued for disqualifications due to tardies or absences.
  22. There CAN BE MANY DETOURS DOWNTOWN near the Convention Center. There may be detours and traffic delays. Please use your time wisely and plan your route to the facility ahead of time.
  23. No closures of any kind are allowed. No wigs are allowed.
  24. Judges reserve the right to finger through and inspect the interior workmanship of the finished style. The hair design will not be disturbed.
  25. Entrants and models must remain until the judges’ decisions are announced.
  26. The finished style must be a professional, trendsetting, non fantasy hairstyle. Attire, makeup and nails must compliment the total look.
  27. This is a “Most Creative” Natural hair competition. Natural Locs and extensions are allowed with a flare of creativity. 
  28. Styling technique is optional based on competitor’s creativity. 
  29. After time has been called, there can be no additions or ornamentation added to the head after style is completed. (Including, cutting, smoothing, adding Sheen Sprays, hair sprays or colors).

Competition Facts:

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. The concept of thinking that the original piece needs to be the WOW factor. Creativity is about unleashing the potential of the mind to conceive new ideas. Those concepts could manifest themselves in any number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see.
“If you can’t fit in you should stand out.”
-Dave Ray

**In past Beauty Shows, competitors that chose to disregard
any rule had significant point reduction and severely
decreased their opportunity to win the competition.