ICAN + Pivot Point Student Contest

Student Contest

Enter to Win the Intercoiffure America Canada Nouveau Student Contest + a Trip to Chicago October 1 & 2

Exploring the impact of AI on creativity we invite you to share with the judges your passion, skill, and creativity.


Modeled on the well-known Intercoiffure America Canada (ICA) Nouveau program—which recognizes outstanding looks created by stylists in the first five years of their career—the ICA Nouveau Student program recognizes outstanding beauty school students and their instructors.

All finalists’ entries will be shared onscreen at the ICA Fall Atelier and featured on the ICA and Pivot Point websites, and the top student honoree and their instructor will both be brought to Chicago (all expenses paid) and honored onstage at the ICA Fall Atelier (October 1-2)!

Instructors – Enter with your students

Students, share your thoughts about how AI will impact the beauty industry in a short video created on your phone and submitted on Instagram OR to our website. There is no cost to participate.

How it works – The theme is AI

Our student finalists, with direction from their beauty school instructor, will be working on one of Pivot Point’s elite showcase mannequins to create a design, with their instructor—including any combination of cut, color, and style—to create a special-occasion hairstyle inspired by AI.

Next Steps – Submit your entry by August 18

Create a short video on your phone (less than 30 seconds) sharing your thoughts on how AI will impact the beauty industry. There are no wrong answers – we want your thoughts on where things are headed.

Two easy ways to enter:


Tag @intercoiffureac and use the hashtags
#icastudentcontest, #learnforward, #PivotPoint

Enter online


ICA Nouveau Student finalists will be chosen based on the submitted videos. Each finalist will need to choose a beauty school instructor to work with. We’ll provide each finalist a Pivot Point mannequin, detailed contest guidelines, and directions how to submit their AI inspired look.



All entrants must be students at accredited beauty schools on the day that the entry form is submitted.
Students may have graduated by the ICA Fall Atelier date.


All work submitted must be the sole work of the student, with instructor supervision. Both the student and the instructor must be referenced by name when the finalist entry is submitted.

  • Cut – Mix, blend and connect to showcase your look
  • Color – All hair colors, including spray colors, are allowed
  • Style – You decide how you will accentuate the natural beauty of texture with your look
  • Styling tools – Styling tools are allowed
  • Supports – Hair fillers are not allowed
  • Makeup – Mannequin makeup is optional


Judges include Intercoiffure members and industry experts
Mannequin entries will be judged on both skills and creativity
Judge’s decisions are final


The student is responsible for creating their video and photographing their mannequin using their phone.
Entry videos: Students will create and submit a short (30 seconds or less) video on their phone sharing their thoughts about how AI will impact the beauty industry.

Finalist Entries: Students will be required to submit 5 photos: Four mannequin shots (one front, one back, one left side, one right side) and one group shot including the student, their instructor, and their finished mannequin.

By submitting their entry, the student and their instructor attest that the student was the only person to work on this mannequin and that all work was done at the school under the instructor’s supervision.

All work is accepted in good faith. Disqualification will apply to any person(s) abusing contest rules.

Submitted videos and images become the property of ICA and their contest partners. ICA and their contest partners reserve the right to use the entrants’ names and images for publicity purposes as seen fit.

All dates are subject to change.

*none of the photos are of actual hair or models and that AI generated them all in less than a minute