Enter NAHA - Newcomer Stylist of the Year

Newcomer Stylist of the Year

(From left to right: 2014 Finalist Chris Rushton, 2013 Winner Jeremy McDougle, 2013 Finalist Nai'Vasha Johnson, 2012 Winner Sal Misseri)

Stylists with less than three (3) years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist are welcome to enter their best work. Submit your collection of diverse, creative, and versatile hair designs capturing the excellence of the beauty industry. This category is designed to bridge the gap between Student Hairstylist of the Year and Hairstylist of the Year. Photos in this entry should display a breadth of skill as a hairstylist and, therefore should showcase many different categories, including Cutting, Styling, Texture, etc.

  • Hairstyles should be commercial, contemporary, wearable and reflect current trends
  • Consider the continuity of all images within the collection
  • Work must demonstrate world-class hairdressing


  • Entrant MUST NOT be a licensed for more than three (3) years as of the February 9, 2017 entry deadline
  • 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
  • Completed Newcomer Stylist Form
  • Entrants must submit proof of graduation or licensure date
  • One-Three Models Used

Category Tips

  • Final images should reflect three different looks
  • 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

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