Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to sit down with Matthew Swinney, 2016’s NAHA Hairstylist of the Year. When we caught up with him, winning this award was a goal he hoped to achieve- little did he know he’d be taking home the coveted NAHA at this year’s ceremony!Continue Reading
Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to sit down with Matthew Swinney, 2016’s NAHA Hairstylist of the Year. When we caught up with him, winning this award was a goal he hoped to achieve- little did he know he’d be taking home the coveted NAHA at this year’s ceremony! Here’s a closer look at Matt’s winning collection and his inspirations.
What advice would you give to someone entering NAHA for the first time?
I can only speak from my experience; I’ve have realized through the years that I have greater success when I don’t look at previous entries. Instead, I focus on creating images that satisfy my creative energy. My advice? Shoot for you, with your mind, and for no other reason.
How long did it take to plan/execute your NAHA entry?
I never stop conceptualizing shoots. When it comes time to shoot for NAHA, I go into my Rolodex of concepts to see what inspires me in the moment.
What was the toughest part of the process? Easiest?
The hardest part for me is staying true to myself. I remind myself to not shoot simply to win a competition, but to make beautiful art. The easiest part comes once the camera starts flashing. It makes my pulse race and it is nothing but fun for me from that point forward.
What inspired your NAHA entry?
The inspiration for this shoot was strong women. I wanted to show the true strength and beauty of women today, and give them romantic styles.
Who do you look up to in the industry? Who has inspired your career?
I can think of three people who really inspire me. Anthony Mascolo has always been so talented. In my eyes he seems to do things that satisfy him- even if it is not the norm.
Sam Villa- he is so humble and such an amazing educator. He speaks from his heart he doesn’t waiver on his position. He is the ultimate professional.
My father, Richard Swinney. He is 76 years old, still working behind the chair at my salon. He has never shied away from working hard. He taught me that working hard is what it takes to achieve your goals in life.
What does it mean to have an association like PBA advocating for the industry?
I think having such a strong reputable association like PBA supporting an event where creativity reigns supreme is massive benefit to our community, as well as the overall creative conscience of the world. I am honored to be a part of what they do for stylists.
Thanks, Matt, and congratulations again on your NAHA 2016 Hairstylist of the Year win!
If you missed this year’s event, you can watch on-demand at nahalive.com!
The Hans Neumaier Scholarship Deadline is August 31, 2016.
PBA gratefully acknowledges Hans Neumaier, PBA Lifetime member who personally funded this scholarship opportunity.
Hans’ career in hairdressing and the beauty business spanned 70 successful years, with 55 years as a member of NCA and PBA. His story is one of a PBA Lifetime Member who had dedicated his life to the beauty industry he loved.
Here’s another Throwback Thursday from last month’s NAHA awards! Remember, if you missed the show, you can watch on-demand at nahalive.com!
CBC Chrystofer Benson Collective
Photographer: Dan Amezna
Wardrobe Stylist: Chrystofer Benson
Makeup Artist: Danielle Donahue
Torrential rains and severe flooding have recently ravaged the state of Louisiana. Thousands of homes have been damaged, lives have been lost, and the devastation is far from over as communities will struggle to rebuild. Now is the time to come together and assist our fellow industry professionals though the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). Established in 1955 by the National Cosmetology Association, the PBA Disaster Relief Fund helps industry members rebuild their lives following the devastation of a natural disaster.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 2016 PBA Government Affairs update, How Beauty + Policy Collide, held during PBA Beauty Week! Myra and Bridget enjoyed meeting new PBA members and advocates and providing updates on our most pressing industry issues. Did you miss the presentation? Download our PBA Beauty Week presentation! For information on PBA Government Affairs visit probeauty.org/advocacy.
Save the date for #PBABeautyWeek 2017! For more information visit probeauty.org/beautyweek.
Check out these amazing collections from this year’s NAHA winners! Did you miss the live event? You can still watch the full NAHA ceremony, including the red carpet reception at nahalive.com!
2016 NAHA Contemporary Classic Winner
Dilek Onur Taylor
The Salon by In Style JCPenney
Photographer: Roberto Ligresti
Wardrobe Stylist: Nikko Kefolos
Makeup Artist: David Maderich
PBA Beacon came and went so fast this year! We’re still feeling inspired by so much positive energy and the incredible speakers! Here’s a peek at Beacon 2016!
We’re still in awe of the amazing winning collections from this year’s North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Here’s a look at the winning collection from the Avant Garde category. Congratulations, Edward Woody! Did you miss the show? You can watch the red carpet reception, as well as the entire ceremony at nahalive.com!
Congratulations to Matthew Tyldesley on his NAHA 2016 People’s Choice Award! The competition was fierce, but so is this collection! We’re so proud of you, Matthew! Remember, the NAHA 2017 entry process opens December 1, 2016. Start planning your collections! For more information visit probeauty.org/naha.