Bill and Giuliana Rancic Host 25th Anniversary Celebration

Las Vegas, NV (July 13, 2014) – As owner, operator and manager of the  North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the most prestigious photographic hairstyling and beauty competition in North America, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the winners of NAHA 2014. The winners were recognized during a star-studded awards ceremony which also celebrated the competition’s 25th anniversary on July 13, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Held during PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, more than 3,000 beauty professionals attended, along with tens of thousands of viewers from across the world who tuned in to watch the live streaming broadcast on

NAHA’s top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Alain Pereque from Saco Salon Drummond in Montreal, Quebec. This is Pereque’s first NAHA Hairstylist of the Year honor. He has also won Contemporary Classic in 2010 and was the Master Hairstylist of the Year in 2008.

NAHA 2014 winners from left to right: Anna Pacitto (Master Hairstylist of the Year), Van Michael Salons (Salon Team), Dilek Onur-Taylor (jcp salon) and Alain Pereque (Hairstylist of the Year).

NAHA honors artists in 14 distinct categories. NAHA finalists and winners are a distinct group of leading and up-and-coming beauty artists from across North America. Their work can be seen in major publications, on fashion runways, and worn by top celebrities across the globe. The NAHA 2014 winners in their respective categories include:

Master Hairstylist of the Year

Anna Pacitto

Salon Pure

Montreal, Quebec


Hairstylist of the Year

Alain Pereque

Saco Salon Drummond

Monreal, Quebec

Newcomer Stylist of the Year

Chris Rushton  

Logan 14 Salon & Spa

Washington, DC

Editorial Stylist of the Year

Geneva Cowen

Sam Villa

Anchorage, AK


Men’s Hairstylist of the Year 

Paul Pereira 

Solo Base

Toronto, Ontario


Student Hairstylist of the Year

Nicole Gary

San Bernardino Beauty College

San Bernardino, CA

Make-Up Artist of the Year

Heath Bryant-Huppert 

HAUS Salon

Minneapolis, MN

People’s Choice

Chrystofer Benson

South Weber, UT

Avant Garde

Jake Thompson

Lunatic Fringe

Salt Lake City, UT


Contemporary Classic

Sonna Brado

Jaazz Salons, Inc.

Spokane, WA



Chrystofer Benson

South Weber, UT




Dilek Onur-Taylor 

jcp salons

Dallas, TX


Salon Team of the Year 

Van Michael Salons 

Atlanta, GA



Salon Design

Zoltons Salon and Spa 

Scottsdale, AZ



Salon MBA


Raleigh, NC 


NAHA Red Carpet Highlights: NAHA continues to garner more and more celebrity recognition with each show. This year proved no exception. Finalists and attendees mixed and mingled with other guests and celebrities on the red carpet, including NAHA 2014 hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic.

NAHA Awards Ceremony & Artistic Presentations: The 25th Anniversary Celebration proved to be the pinnacle event at PBA Beauty Week 2014, recognizing the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry. As the top achievement for professional hairstylists and makeup artists, past and present NAHA entrants, finalists and winners continue to push the boundaries of trend-setting style. This year’s celebration included a specialty opportunity drawing for a chance to win a 2014 Fiat 500A, courtesy of J Beverly Hills, and high-energy artistic presentations by Aveda, jcp salons, Redken and Allen Ruiz, recipient of the 2013 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year award.

Renowned entertainment journalists, television personalities and producers Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Known as one of America’s most beloved couples, millions watch the famed couple on their E! hit reality show “Giuliana & Bill”. 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 brought charm, energy and excitement to the 25th anniversary celebration.

Special Honorees: Acclaimed World Master Hair Designer, educator, artistic director, executive and salon owner Dwight Miller was presented with the 2014 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is considered to be NAHA’s highest honor, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry and is limited to licensed salon professionals. For 50 years, Miller has influenced industry changes in hair fashion and technique and continues to be an incredible inspiration.

New for NAHA 2015: The 2015 competitions will include the new Nail Professional of the Year category. Nail Professional of the Year is the most prestigious recognition a Nail Professional can attain. Nail artists entering this category should show a multitude of skills, demonstrating the excellence and artistry of the nail industry.

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, category and “NAHA 2014 winner.”  (Images should be cited as “Courtesy of PBA”. Photographer credit is also requested and is available.) Please contact Brad Masterson or Blaire Ritter at 702.567.0399 or /

NAHA 2015 applications available at