NAHA 2021 Finalists

NAHA 2021

Focus on Hair would like to congratulate the 2021 finalists of the 32nd annual PBA North American Hairstyling Awards. NAHA 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. 
“This was an unprecedented year for NAHA due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, yet the heightened creativity and the 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 prouder of this year’s finalists.”


Liza Espinoza NAHA 2021
Liza Espinoza  'Avate Garde' NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association 


This year, NAHA introduced two new categories, Inspiring Salon of The Year, sponsored by SalonCentric, and Educator of the Year. Additionally, NAHA allowed previously published work to be entered for consideration for the first time ever. To virtually guide and inspire potential entrants on creating and submitting a winning collection, the PBA hosted a series of live-streamed, interactive “Creative Conversations.” With names such 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. 

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Ruth Roche, 'Masters' NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association 

This year's finalist announcement, in partnership with Schwarzkopf Professional, was broadcast live on Facebook. Candidates span fourteen categories of excellence across hair, makeup, and education artistry. 

Finalists Include: 
Collective by Steven Smart

Avant Garde
Liza Espinoza Archurra
Francesca Rivetti
Sharie Valcin
Damien Carney
Nick Stenson

Editorial Stylist of the Year
Michael Albor
Chrystofer Benson
Silas Tsang
Damien Carney
Danielle Keasling

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Danielle Keaslinge 'Editorial' NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association 

Suzanne Sturm
Chrystofer Benson
Steven Roberston
Ashley Stewart
Rodrigo Araneda


Stephen Moody
Chris Baran
Evalyn Johnson
Matthew Morris
Rodrigo Araneda


Hairstylist of the Year
Chrystofer Benson
Silas Tsang
Heggy Gonzalez
Julie Vriesinga
Daniel Holzberger

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Dana Caschetta, 'Men's' NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association

Inspiring Salon of the Year
Square Colour Salon + Spa
Steller Hair Company
WT Hair
SuiteSpot Salonspa
Martino Cartier Salon


Makeup Artist of the Year
Melissa Musseau
Isidro Valencia
Callie Cabral
Nohemi Capetillo
Sam Watson


Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
Nieves Almaraz
Paul Pereira
Carlos Estrella
Dana Caschetta
Milciades Rolon

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Daniel Holzberger, Hairstylist of the Year NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association

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
Keith Bryce
Alexander Turnbull
Jamal Edmonds
Nick Stenson
Cassie Carey


Team of The Year
Backlot Studio 3
Jose Luis Salon - Manor
Jose Luis Salon - Austin
Salon Entrenous
Van Michael Salons

NAHA 2021Evalyn Johnson, 'Haircutting' NAHA 2021 Finalist - Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association

Lisa Von Kurvink
Sharie Valcin
Norm Wright
Jamal Edmonds
Ammon Carver


Educator of the Year
Tabatha Coffey
Stephen Moody
Chris Baran
Vivienne Mackinder
Sam Villa


Master Hairstylist of the Year
Vivienne Mackinder
Silas Tsang
Julie Vriesinga
Matthew Morris
Ruth Roche

NAHA 2021 will 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, with special packages exclusively available to Professional Beauty Association members. For more information and on-sale date updates, please visit; get inspired and learn more about the most prestigious night in beauty.