Meet the 2023 NAHA Winners


The beauty industry’s best and brightest came together on Sunday, April 2nd for the 34th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). The evening marked the first time the award show was held at the Anaheim Convention Center—in the past the show had taken place in Long Beach and Las Vegas.

Often regarded as the “Oscars of Hair”, NAHA is without a doubt the beauty industry’s most prestigious competition in North America. Featuring 14 categories of excellence across hair and makeup artistry—including the popular Haircolor, Avant Garde, and Texture award categories—the competition honors the beauty industry’s top artists and creative talents who push the boundaries of skill and creativity. 

This year’s show was truly a night to remember. The evening kicked off with a dynamic red carpet reception headlined by former NAHA winner and industry influencer Jalia Pettis. Industry creatives came dressed to impress as they mixed and mingled with fellow attendees and the media, sharing in their excitement for the big night.

As for the actual show, dazzling artistic presentations from the Ulta Beauty Pro Team, Ashtae, CBC Productions, and now two-time NAHA winner Cassie Carey, kept the audience entertained and engaged in between the moving acceptance speeches and award presentations.

“We were thrilled to have such talent and inspiration at NAHA this year,” said Nina Daily, Executive Director at PBA. “Our NAHA winners and finalists continue to amaze us every year, truly elevating the industry.”

Now, without further ado, see all the winners below (and their award-winning looks)!

Avant Garde

Cassie Carey,

Barber of the Year

Cecilia Jimenez, @ceciliathestylist

Editorial Stylist of the Year

Timothy Cabell, @timothycabell219

Educator of the Year

Rodrick Samuels, @teachingbarberismyjam


Luis Gonzalez, @luisgonzalezhaircolor


Yuki Yasui, @yuuki_ny_yuuki

Hairstylist of the Year

Julie Vriesinga, @julievriesinga

Inspiring Salon of the Year

Crawford Master Stylists Ltd., @crawford.m.s

Makeup Artist of the Year

Mel Martinez, @calicauxcreations

Master Hairstylist of the Year

Allen Ruiz, @allanruizstyle

NAHA Moment

Veronika Shurunova, @shurveronika

Student Hairstylist of the Year

Cooper Brooks, @coops.styles

Styling and Finishing 

Caidy Brasure, @caidycreate

Team of the Year

Hair Biz and Beyond: Laura Gunter (@lauragunterbeauty), Anthony Negron, (@kinganthonyyy), and Galyna Poczciwinski (@ufirami)


Keith Bryce, @keithbryce_

For more information about the competition, be sure to visit

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch:

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