- The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is thrilled to announce the finalists in the 32nd annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).
- Click through below to go to each category and to see the work of each finalist.
- The North American Hairstyling Awards is the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America and honors the salon industry’s top artists who push the boundaries of skill and creativity.
For over 30 years, thousands of talented artists have used NAHA as a platform to showcase their work to win a coveted NAHA Award. “This was an unprecedented year for NAHA due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, yet the heightened creativity and vast number of submissions were some of the most impressive in the competition’s history,” shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The industry rallied to channel energy into true artistry, innovation, and camaraderie, and we couldn’t be more proud of this year’s finalists.”
To enter NAHA, each artist submitted their work to an electronic portal — which was evaluated by a panel of 150 of the industry’s most esteemed hairdressers, makeup artists, beauty educators, and experts, including Serge Normant, Danilo, Vernon Francois, Robert Ham, Antoinette Beenders, Shogo Ideguchi, Eugenia Weston, Sam Brocato, Tracey Hughes, Nicholas French, Robert Lobetta, Tippi Shorter, and more. Each NAHA submission is judged online, in multiple rounds, by the panel of judges. The judging process has no contact between judges or knowledge of artist names to ensure anonymity and fairness; enabling a true celebration of excellence, creativity, and technical ability.
This year, NAHA introduced two new categories, Inspiring Salon of The Year and Educator of the Year, and enabled previously published work to be entered for consideration. To virtually guide and inspire potential entrants on creating and submitting a winning collection, the PBA hosted a series of live digital, interactive “Creative Conversations.” With such names as Michael Shaun Corby, Sam Villa, and Michelle O’Connor sharing their insights and tips, this year’s nominees had access like never before to help shape truly award-winning collections.
This year’s finalist announcement, which was broadcast live on Facebook, was sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. Candidates span fourteen categories of excellence across hair, makeup, and education artistry. Finalists include:
Liza Espinoza Archurra
Editorial Stylist of the Year:
Hairstylist of the Year:
Inspiring Salon of the Year:
Square Colour Salon + Spa
Steller Hair Company
Martino Cartier Salon
Makeup Artist of the Year:
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year:
Student Hairstylist of the Year:
Madison Pollick, COLLECTIV Academy
Joey Posner, Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Minneapolis
Alisha Kemp, Aveda Institute Los Angeles
Aubrey Petty, Haus of Flint
Amber Hensley, Aveda Institute Tucson
Styling and Finishing:
Team of The Year:
Backlot Studio 3
Jose Luis Salon – Manor
Jose Luis Salon – Austin
Van Michael Salons
Lisa Von Kurvink
Educator of the Year:
Master Hairstylist of the Year:
NAHA 2021 is slated to take place on August 29th at Cosmoprof North America Show (CPNA) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.
Tickets will go on sale this spring at probeauty.org/naha, with special packages exclusively available to Professional Beauty Association members. For more information and on-sale date updates, please visit probeauty.org/naha; get inspired and learn more about the most prestigious night in beauty.
About The Professional Beauty Association
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is the largest and most inclusive trade organization representing the entire beauty industry. PBA exists to elevate, unite and serve the beauty industry and the professionals who improve people’s lives and is the only national organization to represent the entire beauty industry. Our members include manufacturers, distributors, salons, spas, schools, independent practitioners, students and industry suppliers. PBA is dedicated to advocating and fighting for the rights of the beauty industry, enhancing professionalism, and committed to the long-term success of the stylist and the businesses that employ and support them. For more information on membership levels and dues please visit: www.probeauty.org/join.
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