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Iconic Style Challenge is Back with a Twist – Thanks to HairCon!

The new professional hair festival, HairCon, is bringing a new and improved version of the iconic 90s BBC makeover show, Style Challenge to their stage in June. 

The BBC daytime show, which aired from 1996 until 1998, saw contestants have a complete head-to-toe makeover: with their clothes, hair and make-up getting an overhaul. Suspense built as contestants couldn’t see their transformation, until at the end of the show, a revolving mirror would reveal their new look. 

The festival is bringing the show back, with their own hair-y spin on the show. Sponsered by the Fellowship, the focus is now on the hairdresser – not the contestant. Industry giants will compete against the clock to demonstrating the talent that has made them global, social or education leaders. 

Jane Galpin, HairCon show director and fashion producer of the original Style Challenge TV show said: “Style Challenge was ground-breaking back at the time bringing stylists such as Anthony Mascolo, Trevor Sorbie, Nicky Clarke and Beverly C straight into people’s homes. Many of those who took part went on to launch their own product lines and gain global success. It’s so exciting that we get to give it a whole new spin with the Fellowship.”

The festival, taking place on the 22nd-24th of June in Manchester, promises to deliver an unforgettable experience, with a line-up of major industry players set to appear. Huge names, such as Jack & The Wolfe, Errol Douglas, Heffy, Alan Beak, and Cal Newsome, are set to take the stage.

Held in the iconic O2 Victoria Warehouse, HairCon is partnering with industry titans, including the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, Great Lengths, yuv ®, Diva Pro, Vagaro, DENSE, Design Essentials, Olaplex, Phorest, Ergo, Calligraphy Cut, Blonde Solutions – and more. 

Prepare for your perceptions of both the industry and your business to be completely transformed by immersive stage sessions, evening shows and entertainment which will in equal parts inspire and revitalise your passion. 

HairCon have also launched a TikTok 1-minute hair-up Style Challenge that you can take part in for a chance to win a slot on stage at the event. All you have to do is create an updo in one minute, with no edits post online to either TikTok or Instagram with the hashtags #hairconstylechallenge, and #fellowshiphair. Don’t forget to tag @hairconshow @fellowshiphair on Instagram!

For more information, please visit to find out how you can get involved.