Iron Wig 2020: Final Round Rules

Iron Wig 2020: Final Round Rules

Hello contestants and spectators, and welcome to the final round of Iron Wig 2020!

Our contestants each received a box of items with an assortment of materials including:

  • Nina in Cotton Candy - Discontinued
  • Natalee
  • Persephone
  • Buttercup in Light Copper Red
  • One of three Candy Stripers (Melody, Dubstep, or Nocturne) - Discontinued

Like in previous years of Iron Wig, our contestants are tasked with creating 3 wigs within 6 weeks using the materials provided. They can select whichever items from their box for each wig, and they're allowed to dye colors and use filler materials such as foam and accessories. They may not use additional hair besides what is provided in their boxes, but they are also not obligated to use every item they're given.


Here are the 3 challenges:

“Nature” Themed Wig

Create a hairstyle inspired by nature. 

Tutorial Wig

Create a wig/hair tutorial of any kind using provided materials, and incorporate that technique into a full wig style.


Create a wig style of your choosing!

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)

- Overall Cleanliness (10 points)

- Nature (10 points)

- Tutorial (10 points)

- Freestyle (10 points)

Here’s a rundown on how each category works:

OVERALL PRESENTATION (20% of your final score)

Presentation is how the wigs are showcased. Photos of each wig from different angles are 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 model; if you make an effort to show your wigs 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.


OVERALL CLEANLINESS (20% of your final score)

We’ll be looking at imperfections within the techniques applied. Here are some but not all examples to consider:

- If the hair is intended to be smooth, are there gaps or bumps?

- If the hair is curled or textured, is it consistent in the applied area?

- Do cut areas look unintentionally choppy or uneven?

- Is there a distracting amount of glue visible?

If something looks out of place from the intended styling, points could be deducted.


NATURE (20% of your final score)

How well does your style communicate your inspiration? We will be scoring your style based on the complexity and creativity in design.

TUTORIAL (20% of your final score)

We’ll be looking at the clarity and usefulness of the tutorial for the main portion of this score. Creativity and complexity of the style might also be taken into consideration.

FREESTYLE (20% of your final score)

We will be scoring based on the complexity of styling and creativity of design.


There will be a panel of 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 prizes are as follows:

1st place: $100 gift certificate to Arda Wigs, and $500 worth wig styling tools and supplies.

2nd place: $75 gift certificate to Arda Wigs, and $100 worth wig styling tools and supplies.

3rd place: $75 gift certificate to Arda Wigs.

There will be an audience favorite poll once the results are in; the top favorite will receive a $25 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: February 1st, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. CDT / UTC -5:00

If you are unsure of what time zone this correlates to in your area, please feel free to ask us via email!

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

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