Iron Wig 2017 Round 1: Freestyle

Iron Wig 2017 Round 1: Freestyle

Hello contestants and spectators, and welcome to round 1 of Iron Wig 2017!

Our contestants received the following for round 1:
- One Le Tigre in Dark Ash Blonde
- One pack of Long Wefts in a randomly distributed color. Each contestant received a different color.

Contestants: This is a freestyle round! You cannot use additional hair besides the ones listed above. You cannot dye the fibers provided, but you can use accessories, foam core, etc.

Progress photos are not required, though they do help! Take photos of several angles of the finished wig. You may have assistance with the photography, makeup, modeling, etc (just not the styling).

These are the categories we’ll be judging you on for a total of 50 points possible:
-Presentation (10 points)
-Cleanliness (10 points)
-Complexity (10 points)
-Creativity (10 points)
-Efficiency of Materials (10 points)

Here’s a rundown on how each category works:

PRESENTATION (20% of your final score)

The Presentation is how the wig is showcased. Photos of the wig from different angles is required, and showcasing on a person rather than a mannequin is preferred. Creating a look with makeup and/or fashion could also improve your score. You don’t need a professional photographer or supermodel; if you make an effort to show your wig off on a real person, get photos under good lighting and in front of a non-distracting background, you will do well in this category.

CLEANLINESS (20% of your final score)

Cleanliness is literally how clean your wig looks. Some examples we look at when scoring this category:
Do spikes have tips that are cut bluntly, or do they come to a nice point? Are there gaps showing? Is the hair smooth or bumpy over different areas? How’s the overall shape of a spike or hair form? Is the cut choppy or uneven? Can we see glue, flyways, or frizz? Etc.
Points will be deducted based on how many things we nitpicked and the extensiveness of those.


COMPLEXITY (20% of your final score)

For this category, we look at the types of techniques used in each entry, and the level of difficulty for the overall style to determine a score.


CREATIVITY (20% of your final score)

This category is all about what makes your entry unique and artistic! What was the inspiration behind it? Did you use a unique technique that we’ve never seen before? Is the style like nothing we’ve seen before? Did you do something interesting with the fibers besides just the wig? This category can be tricky, because we don’t know what to expect every time. The wig that has the biggest WOW factor is usually going to get the most points here, but there are other things you can do here to help your score. Document your process and materials; if you’re using something that we don’t usually see, it will make it stand out! Tell us the inspiration for your work and why you made the decisions that you did. We like seeing wigs that have a meaning behind them.


EFFICIENCY OF MATERIALS (20% of your final score)

How well were you able to take advantage of the materials provided? If your wig has a special feature, did you utilize it in your design? You received long fibers in two colors this round - If you utilize enough of each in your design, you will do well in this category.

Scores will be done by 3 Arda judges; scores will be added up and divided by 3 to give each contestant an average score for each category. Contestants are welcome to reach out to the Arda team for a private critique after scores have been published. The contestant with the top score will receive immunity in round 2! The contestant with the lowest score will be eliminated from Iron Wig, but they’ll go home with a $50 gift certificate!

There will be an audience favorite poll once the results are in; the top favorite will receive a $20 gift certificate to our website!

Late entry policy: Entries submitted within 12 hours after the deadline can be accepted as a late entry. Late entries will not be qualified to enter the audience poll, and will receive a 25% point deduction from their total score. This will likely result in being eliminated from the competition, but the contestant can still receive their $50 certificate. Entries submitted past the 12-hour late entry period will be disqualified, and will not qualify for their $50 certificate.

Your deadline will be: Tuesday, January 17th at Noon (Central US time)

Have fun, and best of luck! We can’t wait to see what you come up with! :D

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