The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced the winners of the 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the most prestigious photographic beauty competition. NAHA took place on Sunday, July 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during PBA Beauty Week. As the top award for professional hairstylists, makeup artists, and nail professionals, the 2016 NAHA winners in all 15 categories, including the People’s Choice Award were selected during this year’s event– hosted by Tony Award Winning actor, Alan Cumming.
Avant Garde • Edward Woody • Folicle Salon, Charlotte, NC
Contemporary Classic • Dilek Onur Taylor • The Salon by In Style JCPenney
Haircolor • Chrystofer Benson • CBC Chrystofer Benson Collective, South Weber, UT
Texture • Michelle O’Connor • The Salon by In Style JCPenney
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year • Nicole Higgins • Roots Salon & Hair Studio, Broomfield, CO
Hairstylist of the Year • Matt Swinney • Evolution, Minneapolis, MN
Master Stylist of the Year • Ammon Carver • Ammon Carver Studio, New York, NY
Newcomer • Evan Erickson • Little Elm, TX
Salon Team of the Year • Ammon Carver Studio New York, NY
Student Hairstylist of the Year • Jesse Ervin • Aveda Institute Toronto, Toronto, ON
NAHA 2016 Awards Ceremony
The 2016 ceremony brought together the industry’s best to celebrate the artistry and skill of the professional beauty industry. This year featured a record-breaking number of artistic presentations from Aveda, Beauty Underground, Morrocoanoil, Redken and Wella, while 2016 Host and Tony Award Winning Actor, Alan Cumming entertained the audience with several outfit and hairstyle changes throughout the evening.
2017 Event Details and New Categories
NAHA 2017 will take place Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two new categories have been added: Haircutting, and the second new category is Styling and Finishing. These two categories will replace the Contemporary Classic category to showcase the unique skillset needed in haircutting and to emphasize the art in a styled and finished look.
The NAHA 2017 entry process opens December 1, 2017. Applications will be available online at probeauty.org/naha.
All images are courtesy of the PBA.