Phoenix, AZ (December 12, 2012) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the online entry process for the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is now open. All entries are due February 8, 2013. Due to the level and quality of entries, applicants are encouraged to utilize the tools PBA provides at probeauty.org/naha on how to create a successful entry.

For those that become NAHA finalists and attend the NAHA Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, PBA is creating an all new “finalist experience” that will include social events, networking opportunities, press training and education. NAHA finalists will also be pampered with special gifts, meals and entertainment. A NAHA finalist nomination is an amazing accomplishment and PBA wants to further recognize the achievement as well as provide additional tools and opportunities to expand career development.

Other 2013 NAHA Changes & Developments

Men’s Hairstylist of the Year: The new “Men’s Hairstylist of the Year” award will be added to the lineup of the current 13 NAHA categories. The recipient of this new award must master current men’s commercial, contemporary and wearable styling trends. “Men’s Hairstylist of the Year” will honor a stylist who displays the highest proficiency in the designs and techniques used in men’s styling and grooming.

Make-Up Artist of the Year: NAHA has also changed the entry rules for the “Make-Up Artist of the Year” award. For the first time, competitors can submit their own entries without being nominated by a hairstylist. This allows make-up artists not affiliated with a stylist or salon to showcase their work.

New Rules: Entrants should make sure to review the new Rules & FAQ’s before entering NAHA 2013! Several updates and changes have been made, specifically regarding the use of photo manipulation. All entries will require unedited images for all final entry images submitted. For more details visit probeauty.org/naha/rules.

All applicants for all categories, except Make-Up Artist of the Year, must be licensed cosmetologists or cosmetology students and adhere to the specific rules and regulations of the category they are applying for. Visit the NAHA website at probeauty.org/naha for qualifications specific to Make-Up Entrants.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week and will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV on July 14, 2013. As the most celebrated and prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, NAHA celebrates the skill, artistry and talents of professional hairstylists and makeup artists. For complete details, to see past entries and to access helpful tools on how to create a successful NAHA entry, visit probeauty.org/naha.