Enter NAHA - Avant Garde

Avant Garde

(From left to right: 2014 Finalist Ludovic Leroy, 2013 Winner Matt Swinney, 2012 Winner Nicholas French, 2011 Finalist Kris Sorbie)

Submit visionary work demonstrating new or experimental concepts in expressive, cutting-edge hair. Entries should reflect good taste and aesthetically pleasing images. This is NOT a fantasy category, rather a display of fashion forward, unique, and edgy styles.

Fantasy is defined as extravagant and unrestrained imagination, wondrous or strange. Avant Garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm and refers to works that are experimental or innovative.

  • Expressive, cutting-edge hair that pushes the boundaries of the norm
  • NOT a fantasy category
  • Showcase new and experimental concepts or techniques
  • Styling hair into objects is NOT the goal of the Avant Garde category


  • Three Final Images (no larger than 8MBs each)
  • Three Unedited Images (no larger than 8MBs each)
  • All images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format
  • Resolution of at least 300DPI (CMPI not accepted)
  • No smaller than 8" x 10"
  • Signed NAHA Photo Release Form
  • One-Three Models Used

Category Tips

  • Designed for more innovative and creative entries
  • Images should still be beautiful and ahead of the curve
  • Styling hair into objects is NOT the goal
  • Wigs, extensions, and other artificial hairpieces are acceptable to use
  • Overuse of props and accessories take focus away from the hair
  • Avoid full body shots unless relevant to your theme and artistic direction
  • Do not use Photoshop or similar software/programs to fill in or create hair in the final images
  • Do not use Photoshop or similar software/programs to "cut" the hair
  • Hair should be styled exactly as desired before the photo is taken
  • This category is the ultimate forum for creative expression.
  • Focus on a soaring story line.
  • Think of unusual textures or fabrics not normally associated with hair.
  • This category truly represents art.

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