Iron Wig 2021 Final Round: Halsted Tutorial

Iron Wig 2021 Final Round: Halsted Tutorial

Hello contestants and spectators, and welcome to the final round of Iron Wig 2021!

Our contestants each received a Halsted

Contestants: This is similar to a freestyle round, but you'll be tasked with creating a tutorial as well! It can be text or video format.

Video guidelines: Please keep videos under 10 minutes. Something closer to 5 minutes is preferred. Do not use copyrighted music.

Text guidelines: Please present your text and photos in a PDF format.

We understand English is not everyone's first language and we do not subtract scores due to grammer/spelling errors. Do your best to present your technique/s visually, and feel free to get assistance for text translations if needed. 

You are not allowed to use dye this round. Let the pastels inspire you!
You can use accessories, support materials such as foam/etc, but you may not use any additional hair besides the Halsted.

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).

Please submit your entry to
Google Drive and Dropbox are easy options for sending multiple/large images.
You can build your own collage for social media, or we'll build a simple one for you using 2-4 photos of your finished style.

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/Design (10 points)
- Tutorial (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 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.

Please note: While normal lighting touch-ups are fine, overly photo-shopped images may result in a point penalty or disqualification.


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.


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. Impress us by trying new techniques rather than relying on the same ones every round. We recommend writing up a list of techniques used if those techniques are not shown in progress images.


CREATIVITY/DESIGN (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? Is the style like nothing we’ve seen before? Did you do something interesting with the fibers besides just the wig? Does it have a good silhouette, or do the elements come together to create a unified whole? 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 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.


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.


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: $200 gift certificate
2nd place: $150 gift certificate
3rd place: $100 gift certificate

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: June 30th at 12:00 P.M. CDT / UTC−05:00

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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