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NAHA Nominees for 2015 Announced

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is honored to announce the highly anticipated finalists for the 2015 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). As the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, NAHA celebrates the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry.  Becoming a NAHA winner is a pinnacle achievement for licensed beauty professionals. The industry’s greatest talent in hair, nails and makeup continue to push the boundaries of trend-setting style year after year. Drawing from leading editorial, celebrity and platform artists whose work graces top fashion and beauty magazines, runway shows and red carpets, NAHA is the culmination of style, beauty trends and sheer artistry.

NAHA trophies are awarded in 14 distinct categories including Avant Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist of the Year, Haircolor, Make-Up Artist of the Year, Master Hairstylist of the Year, Men’s Hairstylist of the Year, Nail Professional of the Year, Newcomer Stylist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon Team, Student Hairstylist of the Year, Texture, and the highest and most coveted award, Hairstylist of the Year. Additionally, a 15th NAHA award will be given to the People’s Choice Award winner. Finalists for the People’s Choice category will be chosen from the top five finalists who accrue the most “likes” on their collection through PBA’s Facebook page.

As part of this year’s NAHA celebration, PBA is encouraging finalists to post their respective “I’m a 2015 NAHA finalist!” graphic with #NAHA2015on their social media pages as a way for their followers to support them on their journey to NAHA.  The 2015 NAHA Awards Ceremony is open to ALL and will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. This is an evening filled with high-energy, creative expression and artistic presentations by Matrix, Redken, Aveda, and 2014 Hairstylist of the Year winner, Alain Pereque.

Fashion stylist and TV personality, Brad Goreski, has been chosen as the 2015 NAHA host.  Goreski is a fashion stylist, lifestyle expert and one of the new hosts of E!’s “Fashion Police.” He is the former star of Bravo’s “It’s a Brad, Brad World” and currently serves as the Brand Stylist for Kate Spade New York for which he has styled a number of print and digital campaigns, as well as numerous fashion presentations at New York Fashion Week.  Some of the clients Goreski has worked with include Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rashida Jones, Sarah Hyland, Jordana Brewster and Jenna Dewan Tatum.  Goreski’s work has been featured in a number of publications, including InStyle, Details, Redbook and LA Confidential, among other outlets, and he has been featured twice on the cover of the New York Times style section.

The 2015 NAHA Red Carpet Reception and Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live, via streaming video, courtesy of PBA. Those interested in watching the live broadcast will need to register at

NAHA continues to draw judges from a diverse and internationally renowned list of hairstylists and makeup artists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland. Judges included Robert Lobetta, Sam Brocato, Tabatha Coffey, Sam Villa, Sharon Blaine, just to name a few.  Via a blind judging process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and only one winner in each category will be chosen. To view the work of all the NAHA finalists and to learn more about NAHA, visit

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Beacon 2015 Student Winners Announced

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the winning students and honorable mentions chosen to attend Beacon 2015. These students were selected from more than a thousand applicants based on the creativity, presentation and content of their resume, professional portfolio, and creative marketing pieces. All Beacon applications were judged by PBA members, including top manufacturers, distributors and licensed professionals from across the country. Meet these exceptional students at PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas July 11-14, 2015.

Held annually as part of PBA Beauty Week, Beacon accepts around 100 winners and invites 200 additional honorable mentions to be a part of this career-building event. Attendees are comprised of the nation’s top cosmetology students and PBA strives to help provide them with a foundation to build a successful future in the industry. Designed to educate students on the various components needed to manage an accomplished career, Beacon introduces students to the business side of the industry and provides valuable insight on marketing, business operations, networking and leadership training.

Beacon winners receive free tuition, and honorable mentions pay a small fee to attend PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas, which includes a full line up of education tailored specifically to them. The Beacon program is long renowned for hosting the industry’s most accomplished speakers and this year’s program features leading educators including Geno Stampora, Vivienne Mackinder, Stephanie Kocielski. In addition to attending their specialty classes, students tour the Cosmoprof North America trade show floor to meet beauty business leaders and attend PBA’s annual Business Forum, featuring the Beauty Pitch, where they learn the role global distributors and manufacturers play in the industry.  As part of this year’s Beauty Week, PBA is encouraging Beacon winners and honorable mentions to post the “I am a 2015 Beacon Winner!” and “I am a 2015 Beacon Honorable Mention!” graphics on their social media pages, along with #BEACON2015, as a way for their followers to support them on their journey to Beauty Week.

For a full list of the winners and the schools they currently attend, please visit If you would like to sponsor the 2015 Beacon program, please visit

Photo courtesy of the PBA

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2014 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Winners

The most prestigious photographic hairstyling and beauty competition in North America, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 13, 2014. The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and featured a star-studded awards ceremony, which was held during Professional Beauty Association’s Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event.

Renowned entertainment journalists, television personalities and producers Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted the 2014 Awards Ceremony. This dynamic duo brought charm, energy and excitement to the 25th anniversary celebration.

NAHA’s top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Alain Pereque from Saco Salon Drummond in Montreal, Quebec. This is Pereque’s first NAHA Hairstylist of the Year honor. He has also won Contemporary Classic in 2010 and was the Master Hairstylist of the Year in 2008.


L-R: Row 1: Master Hairstylist of the Year, Anna Pacitto, Salon Pure; Salon Team of the Year, Van Michael Salons; Hairstylist of the Year, Alain Pereque, Saco Salon Drummond Row 2: Make-Up Artist of the Year, Heath Bryant-Huppert, HAUS Salon; Texture, Dilek Onur-Taylor, jcp Salons; Avant Garde, Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe

NAHA honors artists in 14 distinct categories. The NAHA 2014 winners in their respective categories include:

Master Hairstylist of the Year
Anna Pacitto
Salon Pure, Montreal, Quebec
Hairstylist of the Year
Alain Pereque
Saco Salon Drummond, Montreal, Quebec
Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Chris Rushton
Logan 14 Salon & Spa, Washington, DC
Editorial Stylist of the Year
Geneva Cowen
Sam Villa, Anchorage, AK
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
Paul Pereira
Solo Base, Toronto, Ontario
Student Hairstylist of the Year
Nicole Gary
San Bernardino Beauty College, San Bernardino, CA
Make-Up Artist of the Year
Heath Bryant-Huppert
HAUS Salon, Minneapolis, MN
People’s Choice
Chrystofer Benson
South Weber, UT
Avant Garde
Jake Thompson
Lunatic Fringe, Salt Lake City, UT
Contemporary Classic
Sonna Brado
Jaazz Salons, Inc., Spokane, WA
Chrystofer Benson
South Weber, UT
Dilek Onur-Taylor
jcp salons, Dallas, TX
Salon Team of the Year
Van Michael Salons
Atlanta, GA
Salon Design
Zoltons Salon and Spa
Scottsdale, AZ
Salon MBA
Raleigh, NC

Acclaimed World Master Hair Designer, educator, artistic director, executive and salon owner Dwight Miller was presented with the 2014 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is considered to be NAHA’s highest honor, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry and is limited to licensed salon professionals. For 50 years, Miller has influenced industry changes in hair fashion and technique and continues to be an incredible inspiration.

For more information about the event, or to find the NAHA 2015 application please visit