On Saturday, January 26th, 2019 the iconic North American Hairstyling Awards, NAHA, celebrated its 30th anniversary as the most prestigious competition in beauty. Hosted for the first time ever at its new home in Long Beach, California alongside the International Salon and Spa Expo, NAHA drew a passionate and energetic crowd complete with industry icons, celebrity guests, beauty influencer attendees, and lovers of all things beauty and hair. Opening with a jam-packed Red Carpet, select media captured the glitz and glam of those who walked the Red Carpet including this year’s NAHA finalists, industry greats like Tabatha Coffey and Vivienne Mackinder, celebrity influencers and many more.
The awards ceremony kicked off with U.S. figure skating national champion and Olympic bronze medalist, Adam Rippon, whose infectious and bubbly energy carried the show. Seventy-four finalists’ photographic collections, plus the top 5 People’s Choice nominations, were shown on the big screen allowing guests to see these artists’ inspiring creations up close and detailed like never before. Congratulations to this year’s NAHA winners!
|Avant Garde||Michelle O’Connor||Hollywood, FL|
|Editorial Stylist of the Year||Dilek Onur Taylor||Chicago, IL|
|Haircolor||Chrystofer Benson||South Weber, UT|
|Haircutting||Lori Zabel||New York, NY|
|Hairstylist of the Year||Julie Vriesinga||Forest, ON|
|Make-up Artist of the Year||Florencia Taylor||London, ON|
|Master Hairstylist of the Year||Silas Tsang||Ottawa, ON|
|Men’s Hairstylist of the Year||Pete Goupil||Brossard, QC|
|Nail Professional of the Year||Sarah Nguyen||New York, NY|
|Newcomer Stylist of the Year||Jesse Ervin||Toronto, ON|
|Salon/School Design of the Year||PENZONE Salon + Spa||Dublin, OH|
|Student Hairstylist of the Year||Mckell Hird||Provo, UT|
|Styling & Finishing||SaraJane Maples||Atlantic Beach, FL|
|Team of the Year||Ulta Beauty Pro Team||Bolingbrook, IL|
|Texture||Michelle O’Connor||Hollywood, FL|
|People’s Choice||Matthew Rouse||Des Moines, IA|
Featured throughout the ceremony were four breathtaking artistic presentations created by Amika, L’Oreal PPD, Olivia Garden and the NAHA 2018 Hairstylist of the Year, Danielle Keasling. With bold music, beautifully styled and synchronized models, and ambient props and backdrops, each presentation expressed a distinct mood that best complimented the brand and artistic teams behind the scenes.
Following the NAHA ceremony, guests embarked to Hotel Maya on the waterfront to cap off the evening with celebrity host Ross Mathews. A live band, creative photo ops and props, cocktails and hors de vours fueled the After Party until early morning.