Winners in 15 categories, People’s Choice, awarded at 28th annual photographic beauty competition

Scottsdale, AZ (July 9, 2017) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is excited to announce the winners of the 28th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the beauty industry’s most prestigious photographic competition. NAHA took place during PBA Beauty Week at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 9.

As the top hair, makeup and nail competition in all of North America, NAHA features 15 categories of excellence including two new categories, Haircutting and Styling & Finishing. This year’s event featured special guest Eden Sassoon and honored legendary hairstylist Sam Villa with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

2017 Winners:

Avant Garde Chelsea James Forma Collective Salon, Englewood, CO
Editorial Stylist of the Year Heggy Gonzalez Aveda Institute ProvoOrem, UT
Haircolor Matt Swinney EvolutionMinneapolis, MN
Haircutting Anica Iordache ModMopOttawa, ON
Hairstylist of the Year Mio Sota Trio SalonChicago, IL
Make-up Artist of the Year Florencia Taylor London, ON
Master Hairstylist of the Year Damien Carney New York, NY
Men’s Hairstylist of the Year Whitney VerMeer The Aesthetic X Whitney VerMeer Minneapolis, MN
Nail Professional of the Year Rochelle Dingman Shear Fashion SalonSan Jose, CA
Newcomer Stylist of the Year Junryl Molina Patrick Evan SalonSan Francisco, CA
Salon/School Design of the Year Broome Street Society New York, NY
Salon Team of the Year Evolution Minneapolis, MN
Student Hairstylist of the Year Aisling Campbell Aveda Institute TucsonTucson, AZ
Styling & Finishing Diana Skrabanek Ruiz SalonAustin, TX
Texture Julie Kocanyar Reverie SalonChicago, IL
People’s Choice Award Blushes Ottawa, ON

NAHA 2017 Awards Ceremony

NAHA 2017 celebrated the beauty industry’s most talented artists and recognized the skill, vision and creative execution of both individual finalists’ award-winning entries and the artistic presentations from NAHA Diamond Sponsors including Aveda, Beauty Underground, Morrocanoil, Living Proof, Mizani as well as 2016 Hairstylist of the Year, Matt Swinney.

NAHA 2017, which includes the entire awards ceremony and interviews from the pre-show Red Carpet Reception, is available to stream on-demand at

2018 Event

NAHA 2018 will take place Sunday, July 29, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NAHA 2018 entry process opens December 1, 2017. Collections will be available online at

Photo Usage

All NAHA images/photos are copyright of the NAHA and PBA. All rights reserved.  Images of NAHA finalist entries are available for download, for editorial use only. No commercial use allowed.

2017 Winner images can be downloaded HERE.

When using NAHA images, please include the NAHA logo (or name) with the credit “NAHA 2017 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 who 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 50,000 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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