The Professional Beauty Association Announces the 2016 Winners of the North American Hairstyling Awards

Winners in 14 categories, People’s Choice, awarded at 27th annual photographic beauty competition

Scottsdale, AZ (July 24, 2016) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is excited to announce the winners of the 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the most prestigious photographic beauty competition. NAHA took place on Sunday, July 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during PBA Beauty Week.

As the top award for professional hairstylists, makeup artists, and nail professionals, the 2016 NAHA winners in all 15 categories, including the People’s Choice Award were selected during this year’s event– hosted by Tony Award Winning actor, Alan Cumming.

2016 Winners: 

Avant Garde

Edward Woody

Folicle Salon, Charlotte, NC

Contemporary Classic

Dilek Onur Taylor

The Salon by In Style JCPenney,

Editorial Stylist of the Year

Lucie Doughty

straightpinSTUDIOLA, Venice, CA


Chrystofer Benson

CBC Chrystofer Benson Collective, South Weber, UT

Hairstylist of the Year

Matt Swinney

Evolution, Minneapolis, MN

Makeup Artist of the Year

Isidro Valencia

Hair by Charles & Company, Louisville, KY

Master Stylist of the Year

Ammon Carver

Ammon Carver Studio, New York, NY

Men’s Hairstylist of the Year

Nicole Higgins

Roots Salon & Hair Studio, Broomfield, CO

Nail Professional of the Year

Cassandra Clark

Tangerine Salon & Spa, Coppell, TX


Evan Erickson

Little Elm, TX

People’s Choice Award

Matthew Tyldesley


Salon Design of the Year

Michael & Michael

Chicago, IL

Salon Team of the Year

Ammon Carver Studio

New York, NY

Student Hairstylist of the Year

Jesse Ervin

Aveda Institute Toronto, Toronto, ON


Michelle O’Connor

The Salon by In Style JCPenney


NAHA 2016 Awards Ceremony

The 2016 ceremony brought together the industry’s best to celebrate the artistry and skill of the professional beauty industry. This year featured a record-breaking number of artistic presentations from Aveda, Beauty Underground, Morrocoanoil, Redken and Wella, while 2016 Host and Tony Award Winning Actor, Alan Cumming entertained the audience with several outfit and hairstyle changes throughout the evening.

2017 Event Details and New Categories

NAHA 2017 will take place Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two new categories have been added: Haircutting, and the second new category is Styling and Finishing. These two categories will replace the Contemporary Classic category to showcase the unique skillset needed in haircutting and to emphasize the art in a styled and finished look.

The NAHA 2017 entry process opens December 1, 2017. Applications will be available online at

Photo Usage

All NAHA images/photos are copyright © of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). All rights reserved.  Images of NAHA finalist entries are available for download, for editorial use only. No commercial use allowed.

2016 Finalist images can be downloaded here.

When using NAHA images, please include the NAHA logo (or name) with the credit “NAHA (year) Winner (or Finalist)” followed by the stylist’s name and category. NAHA images must include “Courtesy of PBA” and photographer credit if possible. PBA and NAHA reserve the right to take legal action against unauthorized uses.

Please contact Jody Ryan, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Professional Beauty Association, at for more information.

Additional event photos can be found online here.


About Professional Beauty Association

The Professional Beauty Association is the largest and most inclusive trade organization representing the entire beauty industry. PBA exists to elevate, unify and serve the beauty industry and the professionals that improve people’s lives. Formed by the merger of the Beauty and Barber Supply Institute (BBSI), American Beauty Association (ABA), The Salon Association (TSA), and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), the Professional Beauty Association is the only organization to represent the entire beauty industry. Representing nearly 2,000 beauty-centric businesses, and more than 25,000 individuals, PBA members include manufacturers, distributors, salons, spas, schools, independent practitioners, students and industry suppliers.  In addition to advocacy, PBA provides its members with opportunities to save money on events and education, and access to industry research and resources. Committed to the long-term success of the stylist and the businesses that employ and support them, PBA is focused on enhancing the professionalism of the industry and committed to helping members achieve personal and professional excellence.

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