Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Professional Beauty Association Announces Finalists of 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) 68 talented finalists announced across 14 categories of excellence. January 14, 2021 (Scottsdale, AZ) - The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is thrilled to announce the finalists in the 32nd annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). 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. Since its inception, 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 prouder 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, The judging process has no contact between judges or knowledge of artist names to 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. 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, 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.