NAHA 2013 Awards Ceremony | July 14, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada

marioheadshotPhoenix, AZ (March 15, 2013) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), producer of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), is proud to announce renowned actor, author, entertainment journalist, producer and father Mario Lopez as the host of the 2013 NAHA Awards Ceremony.

In addition, Lopez will receive the 2013 PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award during the Ceremony for his work with a variety of charitable initiatives. Lopez works to raise awareness and funds for many causes that support the positive and healthy development of children and young adults. A champion of many causes, Lopez’s work as an Alumni Ambassador of Fitness with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and as part of the organization’s BE GREAT campaign, has continually helped bring to light the major issues affecting today’s young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to his work with BGCA, Lopez is a passionate supporter of other organizations, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Community Youth Athletic Center of Chula Vista, Jameson’s Army, and Padres Contra el Cancer.

“It is my honor to be able to host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards, and I am very humbled to receive the Professional Beauty Association’s Beautiful Humanitarian Award. Beauty professionals help others to look and feel their best, and I applaud their work and talents,” states Lopez.

A man of many trades, Lopez is passionate about staying active and engaged with his fans and followers. He is the host of the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA. Concurrently, Lopez continues his hosting duties on Fox’s hit music series The X Factor. He is also the host of the soon to be nationwide Clear Channel radio show “On with Mario Lopez.”  Not only does Lopez have a proclivity for the entertainment industry, he is also an avid sports fan. He has taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing, and recently produced a documentary based on the sport.

Lopez is a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family. This new book features recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness, a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children’s book he co-authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children’s book he wrote for his daughter, Gia.

As the professional beauty industry’s top honor, a NAHA is the pinnacle award to win, and the NAHA Awards Ceremony is the event of the year. Lopez, who is a part of most every red carpet, mega-event in the entertainment industry and has co-hosted such events as the Miss America pageant, will no doubt lend his experience, charm and wit to this year’s event.

The NAHA 2013 finalists will be released on April 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST via facebook.com/pbabeautyweek. For complete NAHA coverage, including finalists photos when announced, please visit probeauty.org/naha.  The 2013 NAHA Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The event can also be seen live via streaming video at www.modernsalon.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. For more information, please visit probeauty.org/beautyweek / facebook.com/pbabeautyweek.