Phoenix, AZ (April 29, 2011) The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces the much anticipated finalists for the 2011 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. From avant-garde and editorial styling to recognizing the business savvy nature of salon owners, winning a NAHA award is a true pinnacle career achievement. PBA invites the entire beauty industry to come together for the 2011 NAHA Award’s Ceremony on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. An evening filled with high-energy, creative expression and artistic presentations by some of the industry’s leading figures including current Hairstylist of the Year, Tony Ricci, the 2011 NAHA Award’s Ceremony is the perfect place to salute rising stars and industry icons. NAHA 2011 is part of PBA Beauty Week, which also includes PBA Symposium, Beacon, Best Practice Club, the City of Hope Charity Gala, and is hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

NAHAs are given in 13 distinct categories, including: Hairstylist of the Year, Master Stylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Makeup Artist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon MBA, Student Hairstylist, Salon Team and Texture. In addition to winning the NAHA, the 2011 Hairstylist of the Year winner will also be flown to New York City for meetings with leading consumer beauty editors and appear on the nationally syndicated lifestyle television program, BETTER.

NAHA also salutes two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. NAHA 2011 is proud to present its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Michael O’Rourke, an internationally renowned hairstylist, salon owner, educator, and businessman. NAHA 2011 is also pleased to induct entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stan Klet Sr., into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.

NAHA continues to draw from a diverse and internationally renowned list of hairstylist and makeup artists from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland. Judges included Angelo Seminara, Kris Sorbie, Vivienne Mackinder, Tabatha Coffey, Ruth Roche,, Mary Brunetti, Darren Bain, Bennie Tognini, Robert Lobetta,, Kendall Ong, Jamie Carroll, Gary Sunderland, Heather Wenman, Karg, Antoinette Beenders, Dean Banowetz, Nicholas French, Sam Brocato, Anthony Morrison, Mark Hayes, Sharon Blaine, Eveline Charles, Leon Alexander, Jonathan Lovett, Damian Stoney, James Morrison, Damien Carney, Michael Baker, Will Bruder and several others. Via a blind entry process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

The NAHA festivities kick off with a Red Carpet Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a star-studded Awards Ceremony featuring special artistic presentations, live entertainment and special guest appearances. The show will also be broadcast live, via streaming video, at hairdesignertv.com.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, educational, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association and is hosted by Cosmoprof North America. probeauty.org/beautyweek / facebook.com/pbabeautyweek.

NAHA 2011 Finalists (Name and Salon or Sponsor)

Avant Garde

Palma Anshilevich, The Hair Spot

Damien Carney, JOICO

Dan Csicsai, Salon Glo

Kris Sorbie, Redken 5th Ave, NYC

Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe

Contemporary Classic

Simon Chercuitte, SACO

Eli Mancha, Lock & Loaded

DJ Riggs, Main Entrance

Timothy Switzer, Timothy & Co Salon & Spa

Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York

Editorial Stylist

Damien Carney, JOICO

Amy Freudenberg, MAKA Beauty Systems

Charlie Price, Antoin du Chez the Spa

Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York

Marshall Vanierland, Kelly Cardenas

Fashion Forward

Michael Albor / Donna Hamilton, The Loft Salon by Michael Albor

Chrystofer Benson, Salon Tantrum/Matrix

Steve Elias, Elixir Salon & Spa

Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe

Zahir Ziani, Red Door Spas

Haircolor

David Adams, redCHOCOLATE

Martin Alarie, Salon Pure

Chrystofer Benson, Salon Tantrum/Matrix

David Munn / Natalie Gurley, Van Michael Salons

Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York

Hairstylist of the Year

Michael Albor, The Loft Salon by Michael Albor

Carlos Cintron, TIGI – Lewisville, TX

Daniel Holzberger, Van Michael Salons

Eli Mancha, Lock & Loaded

Charlie Price, Antoin du Chez the Spa

Master Hairstylist

Damien Carney

Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative

Anna Pacitto, Salon Pure

Dusty Simington

Kris Sorbie, Redken 5th Ave NYC

Salon Design

Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa

Lunatic Fringe

Propaganda Hair Group

Rebellations Hair & Beauty

Salon M Squared

Salon MBA

Karie Bennett, Atelier Salon Spa & Studio

Keri Davis, Gila Rut Salon

Susan Haise, Neroli Salon & Spa

Kitty Tierney, Impressions

Kendall Ong & Beate Assmuth-Ong, Mane Attraction Salon

Student Hairstylist

Caitlin Charles, Eric Fisher Academy

Christine Doerge, Eric Fisher Academy

Bella Hammer, Aveda/Fredric’s Institute – Cincinnati

Holly Hui, MC College

Giovanna Simington, Golden West College Cosmetology

Salon Team

Fresh Hair Studio

Hair Body & Sol Inc.

Jackson Ruiz Salon

JC Salons

Studio 1452

Texture

Carlos Cintron, TIGI – Lewisville, TX

Shirley Gordon, Strands Hair Studio

Jaymz Marez, Sophisto

DJ Riggs, Main Entrance

Daniel Roldan, MATRIX

Makeup Artist of the Year finalists will be released Mid May 2011.

Click Here to view finalists’ entries.

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All NAHA images are the property of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). All rights reserved. Images may be used for editorial coverage only. All images must include a credit with 1) the stylist’s name and 2) NAHA Finalist and Category. For high-resolution images of all NAHA entries, please contact Brad Masterson at 702.567.8049 or bradmasterson@ypublicrelations.com.