How to Enter

1. Manual Entry
To get your hands on a manual entry contact the team below:

  • East Rand Meshack Masondo 060 377 4554
  • Soweto Lesego Ramohlola 084 321 9337
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Luxolo Mananga 083 769 0655
  • Cape Town Bernard Monageng 078 054 0204
  • Cape Town Patricia Anne Louw 084 831 4958
  • Eastern Cape Sisa Ntsadu 073 538 7541
  • Free State Phillip Tau 073 812 2776
  • Limpopo Molantoa Gwala 083 987 3135

2. WhatsApp
072 518 3455
Please submit your Name, Email address, Salon name as well as Before and After images of your style.

JUDGING CRITERIA Colour, Cut & Style


Golden Scissors Awards Winner

Lazaros Sumbane

Golden Scissors Awards Audience Choice

Kabelo Molefe


  • Job Title: Unit Manager - DARK and Lovely Academy
  • About Me: I have the natural ability to impart knowledge to anyone who has a flair for cosmetology. Many people are unaware that my weekend job is compering at events. Humility, strong spirituality and hard work equates to my achievements this far.
  • Hometown: KZN
  • How many years have you worked in the Hair Industry: 25 years
  • Describe your current role in Hair Care: Imparting haircare. Skills towards trade accreditation. Feeding SETA with professional hairdressing needs. Specialised hairdressing upgrading. Teaching competition skills and culture. Preparing towards launching and heading up the D&L academy
  • What you are looking for when judging for Golden Scissors: Technical expertise, conversion or interpretation of daily hairdressing to competition standards, in vogue and relevant lines.
  • Favourite Quote: There are two ways of exerting ones strength: Pushing down, the other is pulling up
  • Job Title: National Field & Education Manager
  • About Me: I consider myself as easy going, what you see is what you get. I work very hard and play the hardest as well.
  • Hometown: Soweto
  • How many years have you worked in the Hair Industry: 26 years
  • Describe your current role in Hair Care: Leading and mentoring a team of Professional Technical Educators for L’Oreal South Africa nationally.
  • What you are looking for when judging for Golden Scissors: An individual who will allow his/herself imagination drive them and dare to inspire a look & creation worthy of winning the Dark and Lovely Golden Scissors Award.
  • Favourite Quote: "when you pray for rain, you got to be ready to deal with the mud too"


Judging criteria for entering is to colour or/and cut then style hair. Stylists can either choose to colour or cut but has to style the hair with current hairstyle of their choice. The Theme is Urban Chic, and interpretation of the theme will be assessed.

All images/pictures must be in a TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum size of 2MB and a maximum size of 5MB. The photograph can be uploaded from a smart phone or digital camera, but no scans of printed photos will be accepted. These photographs do not have to be taken by a professional photographer however they do need to be clear and showcasing your work adequately.

No scans of printed photos will be accepted. Entrants must submit a photograph of the front, side and back of their look for judging purposes but front visual is a must.

Entries must be received on or before midnight 7th June 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.

The entrant must remain the same throughout the competition (from Photographic Entry stage through to the Grand Final per region).

Styles submitted photographically must have been completed in entirety by the entrant themselves
Yes, you may enter. A professional hairdresser is an individual who has studied, trained and passed a SETA accredited trade test. Hairdressers currently practising and who have not done the above are allowed to enter this competition.
You may bring your own models but the following conditions apply;
The models used at all stages of the competition must be 18 or over and have had an allergy alert test 48 hours before the product application or have completed the L’Oréal ‘Professional Safety’ protocol. This is to ensure that the models do not have an allergic reaction to the hair colour. The models will be required to sign a waiver form warranting that they conducted the patch test and had no allergic reaction thereto. Entrant must also ensure their model has signed the waiver form. You will be able to download this from

This waiver must be signed and a hard copy form must be handed to the Golden Scissors Facilitator on the day of the regional event should you be chosen as a semi-finalist.

The individual entering the Dark and Lovely Golden Scissors Competition may have a team that consists of the model and make-up artist only. All members of the team must be SA residents and be 18 years or over on closing date of entry midnight 7th June 2018.
There is no limit to the products that you use but the relaxer, hair care and colour products need to be Dark and Lovely. Dark and Lovely has a wide range of products visit our website for more information
Entrants can be from any part of South Africa, the entrant must ensure that they enter the correct area based on allocated regions for the Semi Finals. All entries will be allocated to one of the six (6) regions which are Gauteng, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State, and Limpopo. Entrants will need to specify the region from which they are entering.

Entrants need to ensure that when choosing region they will be available on the below dates in the below areas as this is where the semi-finals will take place. Please note that the Promoter will not be paying for transportation to and from the areas, each entrant who makes it through to the Semi Finals will be notified by telephone.
1. Rustenburg & Limpopo Regional Final: Waterfall Mall 30th June 2018
2. Western Cape Regional Final: Golden Acre 28th July 2018
3. Durban & East London Regional Final: Umlazi Mall 4th August 2018
4. Johannesburg East Regional Final: Golden Walk 25th August 2018
5. Johanessburg South & Pretoria Regional final: Carlton Center 1st September 2018
6. Bloemfontein Regional Final: Bloem Plaza 8th September 2018
You may enter the Dark and Lovely Golden Scissors Competition as many times as you wish. Each entry must qualify as a valid entry according to our Terms and Conditions.
The prizes are as stated and there are no alternatives or cash substitutes. The Dark and Lovely Golden Scissors Competition winner will receive prizes up to the value of R200,000 which consist of the following:

A cash prize;
A Course at the Dark & Lovely The Academy;
A year’s supply of Dark and Lovely products; and
An upgrade of the winner’s hair salon.

There will be Second Place Award, Consumer Award and Technical Excellence Award, to be awarded on the night.