On January 25th, the 31st annual North American Hairstyling Awards took place in Long Beach, CA. NAHA honors hairstylists, makeup artists and the like for creating cutting-edge looks in the Professional Beauty industry. The night of fun includes a red-carpet reception rivaling anything seen in Hollywood or #NYFW, and presentations from the industry’s leading brands, like Aveda, Julie Vriesinga, Olivia Garden and Amika.
Chosen by the PBA, these winners have proven themselves to be the most talented in the industry.
Avant Garde: Rodrigo Araneda
Editorial/Session Stylist of the Year: Lucie Doughty
Haircolor: Chrystofer Benson
Haircutting: Yuki Yasui
Hairstylist of the Year: Silas Tsang
Makeup Artist of the Year: Katie Nash
Master Hairstylist of the Year: Julie Vriesinga
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year: Ammon Carver
Nail Professional of the Year: Cassandra Clark
Newcomer Stylist of the Year: Cassie Carey
Salon/School Design of the Year: Toni & Guy Galleria
Student Hairstylist of the Year: Dorothy Greene
Styling and Finishing: Michelle O’Connor
Team of the Year: Salon by Instyle Design Team
Texture: Norm Wright
Along with the winners, came amazing news for next year’s NAHA. For the first time ever, the PBA will be awarding the Educator of the Year. They will also start recognizing those who have excelled in creating a community in their salons with the Salon Culture award.
Another huge announcement made was that hairstylists now have the ability to enter NAHA even if they’ve participated in other competitions that year!