Las Vegas, NV (July 22, 2012) — The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), a Professional Beauty Association (PBA) event and the most prestigious photographic hairstyling competition in North America, is pleased to announce the winners of NAHA 2012. The winners were recognized July 22, 2012 during a star-studded ceremony held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 beauty professionals attended, along with more than 40,000 viewers from across the globe who tuned in to watch the live steaming broadcast on, to celebrate the honorees in NAHA’s 13 distinct categories. NAHA’s top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Dimitrios Tsioumas, from the Mizu New York Salon in New York, NY. Tsioumas, who also took home the 2012 NAHA for Contemporary Classic, has won multiple NAHAs over the years.

NAHA 2012 Winners

Master Stylist of the Year
Edwin Johnson
Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Hairstylist of the Year
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Mizu New York, New York, NY

Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Sal Misseri
Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa, Chicago, IL

Salon Team of the Year
Lunatic Fringe Salon
Salt Lake City, UT

Editorial Stylist of the Year
Neeko Abriol
Salon Sessions Studio, Pasadena, CA

Student Hairstylist of the Year
Cassandra Monteyro
Aveda Fredric’s Institute, West Chester, OH

Jasmine Gibbs
The Cutting Edge, Brooklyn, NY

Avant Garde
Nicholas French
West Hampton, NY

Contemporary Classic
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Mizu New York, New York, NY

Chad Demchuk
Drexel Hill, PA

Make-Up Artist of the Year
Jeanne San Diego
R Rated Hair, Upland, CA

Salon Design
Square Colour Salon + Spa
Las Vegas, NV

Salon MBA
Gila Rut Salons, San Diego, CA
People’s Choice Award:

Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Nick Hemsley
Lunatic Fringe, Salt Lake City, UT

Awards Ceremony

This year marked 23 years of the NAHA Awards Ceremony. The event featured five artistic presentations from, NAHA 2011 Hairstylist of the Year Eli Mancha, artists representing the Proctor & Gamble Salon Professional Brands, Cloud Nine Hair USA and Aveda. A tribute to Vidal Sassoon was also included to honor the work and legacy of the man who did so much to advance the art and profession of hairstyling.

In addition, Great Clips® presented a $100,000 check and a commitment to PBA’s CUT IT OUT program, which raises awareness through salons, spas, and beauty professionals to end domestic violence.

Special Honorees

Entertainment journalist and host of E! Network’s E! News and Fashion Police Giuliana Rancic was presented with the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award for her work with charitable organizations Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago and the Children’s Miracle Networks. Rancic also hosted the 2012 NAHA Awards Ceremony.


NAHA continues to draw from a diverse and internationally renowned list of hairstylists and makeup artists from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland, to judge the competition. Judges included Vivienne Mackinder, five-time NAHA award winner, founder of, and editor-in-chief of MOD magazine; Tabatha Coffey, author, stylist and host of Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover; Nicholas French, renowned UK stylist, author, and speaker; and Damien Carney, prominent beauty industry educator, founder of hairstyling academy Damien Carney London, and NAHA finalist along with many other top hairstylists from around the world! Via a blind entry process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category was chosen.

New for 2013

NAHA is introducing a new category for 2013. The “Men’s Hairstylist of the Year” must master current men’s commercial, contemporary and wearable styling trends. This award will honor a stylist who displays the most proficiency in the designs and techniques used in men’s styling and grooming.

NAHA is also changing the nomination rules for the Make-Up Artist of the Year award. For the first time, applicants can submit their own entries without being nominated by a hairstylist. This will open up the category and encourage make-up artists not affiliated with a stylist or salon to showcase their work.

Images & Photo Usage

All winning images and corresponding logos are available for download. Images from the Awards Ceremony will be made available within 48 hours of the event. 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 the stylist’s name and NAHA 2012 finalist / winner. (Photographer credit is also requested and is available. At the minimum, please cite “Courtesy of PBA” for photo credit.) Please contact Brad Masterson at 702.567.8049 / with any questions and to obtain access to photography. NAHA 2013. Applications are available at

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