NAHA Celebrates 25 Years as the Top Honor for the Professional Beauty Industry

Sunday, July 13, 2014 | Mandalay Bay Resort | Las Vegas, Nevada

Phoenix, AZ (April 30, 2014) The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces the much anticipated finalists for the 2014 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). As the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, Ima2014FinalistNAHA celebrates the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry.  As the pinnacle achievement for professional hairstylists and makeup artists, past and present NAHA entrants, finalists and winners continue to push the boundaries of trend-setting style. 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.

NAHAs are given 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, Newcomer Stylist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon MBA, Salon Team, Student Hairstylist of the Year and Texture.  The highest honor is the coveted award for Hairstylist of the Year.

As part of this year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, PBA is encouraging finalists to post the “I’m a 2014 NAHA finalist!” graphic with #NAHA2014 on their social media pages as a way for their followers to support them on their journey to NAHA.  The 2014 NAHA Awards Ceremony is open to ALL and will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. This is an evening filled with high-energy, creative expression and artistic presentations by Aveda, jcp salon, Redken and Allen Ruiz, recipient of the 2013 Hairstylist of the Year award.

Renowned entertainment journalists, television personalities and producers, Bill and Giuliana Rancic will host this year’s Awards Ceremony.  The Rancic’s are one of America’s most beloved couples. Each week on E! the couple is watched by millions on their hit reality show, “Giuliana & Bill,” which recently debuted its seventh season.  In addition to their work together, Giuliana and Bill are successful business professionals in their own right and are involved in numerous charitable organizations including Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago), the National Institutes of Health (renal cell cancer division), among many others.  This dynamic duo is sure to bring the charm, energy and excitement to the 25th Anniversary celebration.  The ceremony will also be broadcast live, via streaming video, by Modern Salon 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

NAHA 2014 Finalists


First Name Last Name Salon City, State

Avant Garde

Chrystofer Benson South Weber, UT
Austin Finley Toni & Guy Dallas, TX
Ludovic Leroy Mëdz Salon Verdun, QC
Jake Thompson Lunatic Fringe Salt Lake City, UT
Silas Tsang Blushes Ottawa, ON
Contemporary Classic
Sonna Brado Jaazz Salons, Inc. Spokane, WA
Geno Chapman Julian August Los Angeles, CA
Shirley Gordon Strands Hair Studio Wheaton, MD
Michael Haase Platinum Black Los Angeles, CA
Sal Misseri Ladies and Gentleman Salon Chicago, IL
Michael Albor The Loft Salon Boston, MA
Geneva Cowen Sam Villa Anchorage, AK
Franco Della Grazia Cutler Salon NYC Florham Park, NJ
Liza Espinoza Salon Fluxx Naperville, IL
Sherri Jessee Sherri’s Hair Salon Bristol, VA
Berry Bachen MAINENTRANCE Artists New York, NY
Chrystofer Benson South Weber, UT
Alina Friesen A Michael Levin Salon Group Vancouver, BC
Daniel Rubin Dennis Bartolomei Chicago, IL
Loretta Tom Salon Haze Vancouver, BC
Hairstylist of the Year
David Barron Barron’s London Salon Atlanta, GA
Chrystofer Benson South Weber, UT
Anthony Cress Studio 4 Salon Costa Mesa, CA
Alain Pereque Saco Salon Drummond Montreal, QC
Steven Robertson Lunatic Fringe Salon Salt Lake City, UT
Make Up Artist of the Year
Katy Albright Waxhaw, NC
Heath Bryant-Huppert HAUS Salon Minneapolis, MN
Janell Geason Aveda Eden Prairie, MN
Katelyn Simkins Denver, CO
Brad Van Dyke Aveda Institute Denver Denver, CO
Master Hairstylist of the Year
Richard/Alain Ashforth/Pereque Saco Salon Drummond Montreal, QC
Chrystofer Benson South Weber, UT
Vivienne Mackinder Hairdesigner TV Riverhead, NY
Anna Pacitto Salon Pure Montreal, QC
Ruth Roche Rare by Ruth Roche New York, NY
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
Jorge Buccio J Buccio Salon Austin, TX
Marylle Koken The Harlot Venice, CA
Matthew Morris Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare Denver, CO
Paul Pereira Solo Base Toronto, ON
Matthew Tyldesley Hair by Charles & Company Louisville, KY
Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Bailey Bute Butterfly Loft Salon Newbury Park, CA
Oxana Kim Etual by Larisa Valencia, CA
Chris Rushton Logan 14 Salon & Spa Washington D.C.
Carley Throgmorton Dallas Roberts Salon West Jordan, UT
Jaelyn Walker Michael Levine Salon Vancouver, BC
Salon Design  (use salon name for credit/announcement)
Susan Healy HC Studio Brookline, MA
Tomy Lulgjura 6 Salon Royal Oak, MI
Robert Quinn Zoltons Salon and Spa Scottsdale, AZ
Steve Schardein Schardein’s Salon and Spa Oklahoma City, OK
Todd White Platinum Entourage Las Vegas, NV
Salon MBA (use salon name for credit/announcement)
Karie Bennett Atelier Studio San Jose, CA
Matthew Morris Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare Denver, CO
Tina Morschauser Rejuvenation Spa Madison, WI
Bryan Nunes Blo Raleigh, NC
China Wong Salon Spa W Des Moines, IA
Salon Team (use salon name for credit/announcement)
DJ/Berry                             Riggs/Bachen MAINENTRANCE Artists New York, NY
Anna/Daniel Pacitto/Benoit Pure Salon Montreal, QC
Stephanie Ericson Lunatic Fringe Salt Lake City, UT
Daniel Holzberger Van Michael Salons Atlanta, GA
Chad Taylor Moods Hair Salon Vancouver, BC
Student Hairstylist of the Year
Angel Alferez Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS
Jason Appel Aveda Fredric’s Institute Indianapolis, IN
Kayla Bosaw Aveda Fredric’s Institute West Chester, OH
Shie Eck Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS
Nicole Gary San Bernardino Beauty College San Bernardino, CA
Mark Dolan Evolution Minneapolis, MN
Danielle Keasling Salon Karma Blufton, SC
Dilek Onur-Taylor JCP Salons Dallas, TX
Diva Poulos Diva International Salon San Francisco, CA
Lisa Vann Milagros Salon Spa Seattle, WA


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