It’s that time of year again – time to show the world what you can do by entering the North American Hairstyling Awards! The NAHA application process opens next week. If you haven’t started planning your entry, now is the time!

Get inspired with NAHA-veteran and stylist guru John Simpson’s NAHA journey from the latest issue of PBA Progress. Here’s a sneak peak.

“…I’ll never forget that first NAHA experience. I had spent many years photographing my work, creating collections to use as an educator with Goldwell, and, of course, for my global campaigns, but when I decided to create a collection and compete for the majestic prize of a NAHA, it raised the bar to a completely different level. First obstacle: who to shoot my first NAHA collection?…The goal: create a unique collection like any other. Then there was the waiting game. Even though I have presented to hundreds and thousands of people throughout my career, the anticipation of finding out if I was a NAHA finalist was stomach-clenching!” Read the full article on page 20 of PBA Progress.

If you’re looking for some pointers on creating a NAHA-winning entry, check out tips on what the judges are looking for and how to create a portfolio that gets noticed. And don’t forget to join NAHA on Facebook for updates and to connect with and get advice from other NAHA stars.

NAHA is the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, celebrating  the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry. Each year, individuals are recognized in 13 categories of excellence during a star-studded awards ceremony in fabulous Las Vegas.