Paul Mitchell have announced seven national finalists for Colour Outside the Lines Australia.

Now in its third year, the competition invites hairdressers to showcase their colouring skills by submitting photographic interpretations of this season’s creative and commercial hair trends. For the first time since it’s inception, entrants were invited to share their looks via instagram, making entry simpler and more accessible than ever.

“The ease of entry encouraged a greater number of salons and stylists to enter and share their amazing colour work,” reveals Paul Mitchell Managing Director John Pizzey.“We were overwhelmed with the number of entries the competition received this year.”

With a record 518 entries from across the nation, seven final looks were blindly selected by a panel of expert judges. “With such a large number of incredible images to choose from it was near impossible to select just four finalists, leading us to extend the total number of national finalists to seven.”

To vote, visit the Paul Mitchell Instagram feed @paulmitchellaus and like your favourite image. The look with the most likes at the end of the judging period will be awarded the grand prize winner.

Public voting closes 8pm Sunday May 6th. AEDT.