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NAHA Awards Will Celebrate Top Stylists

by Michelle Breyer on Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Could this be an award-winning look at this year’s NAHA awards? Lucie Doughty - NAHA 20 Finalist: Fashion Forward / Photographer: James Hickey

Celebrating 20 years as the most esteemed beauty competition in North America, the North American Hairstyling Awards this month will honor the top hairstylists and beauty professionals.

Held July 19 in Las Vegas, the NAHAs are given in several categories including: Master Stylist, Hairstylist of the Year, Editorial Stylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Salon Team Salon Design and Texture. A select panel of more than 60 industry judges, including Mary Brunetti, Andrew Bartfield, Sally Hershberger, Anthony Morrison and Tabatha Coffee, as well as top beauty editors from media outlets such as Nylon, Glamour, OK! Magazine, Teen Vogue, Life & Style and Zink, judged more than 600 entries through a blind online judging process. Entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

NAHA also salutes two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. This year NAHA 20 presents its top honor, the LIfetime Achievement Award, to Vivienne Mackinder, a renowned international hairstylist, sought-after artistic educator and five-time NAHA award winner. NAHA 20 is also pleased to induct Life Enhancement Speaker and Master Educator Geno Stampora into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.

This year’s theme, “Honoring the Work, Stories, Style!,” will pay tribute to the work, capture the stories and celebrate and style of the many professionals who throughout the years have gained their fame through hard work, diligence and passion as well as contributed to the success of the industry. The evening festivities will kick off with a Red Carpet Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a star-studded awards ceremony featuring special artistic presentations, live entertainment and guest appearances. NAHA 20 will also pay tribute to Look Good, Feel Better, a charitable organization developed in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation to help cancer patients maintain their self-esteem during cancer treatment.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s most inclusive beauty event, offering networking, education and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association and is held in cooperation with Cosmoprof North America.

For information about attending the show, check out the NAHA web site.

Following is a list of NAHA 20 categories, finalists and their salons.


Darian Bishop / Toni & Guy
Shelly Devlin / Waters Edge
Nicolas French / Matrix C.R.A.F.T. Global Academy
Daniel Holzberger / Van Michael Salons
Lina Shamoun / Artline Salon

Contemporary Classic

Maureen Anlauf / Juut Salon Spa
Ammon Carver / Matrix
Edwin Fontanez / CIELO by Edwin Fontaznez
Laurie Haney / Fresh Hair Studio
Dimitrios Tsioumas / HiLites Hair Salon

Editorial Stylist

Michael Albor / The Loft Salon & Day Spa
Steve Elias / Elixir Salon Spa
Cameron Letterman / Click Salon
Daniel Holzberger / Van Michael Salons
Maryl Velbeck / Trend Wave Studios

Fashion Forward

Faatemah Ampey / Bella Salon & Spa
Lucie Doughty / A.T. Tramps
Kathleen Gaide-Mahan & Michael Albor / The Loft Salon
Nicole Obert / Arrojo Studio
Maureen Anlauf / Juut Salon Spa


Adriana Balea / Francesca’s Salon & Spa
Christofer Benson / Logics
Sue Pemberton / n/a
John Simpson / Lewis Salon
Silas Tsang / Blushes Hair & Day Spa

Hairstylist of the Year

Maureen Anlauf / Juut Salon Spa
Michael Baker / Paris Parker Salon
Christopher Deagle / Moods Hair Salon
Richard St. Lauremt / Salon Inpure
Silas Tsang / Blushes Hair & Day Spa

Master Hairstylist

Eric Fisher / Eric Fisher Salon
Nicholas French / Matris C.R.A.F.T. Global Academy
Alain Pereque / Salon Pure
Charlie Price / Click Salon
Brian & Sandra Smith / Matrix C.R.A.F.T. Global Academy

Makeup Artist (there no salons listed)

John Simpson
Francesco Ramirez
Janell Geason
Aeriel Payne
Sasha Ahart

Salon Design

Van Michael Salon
The Fila Academy
Varuna Salon Spa

Student Hairstylist

Tatum Henson / Eric Fisher Academy
Corey B. Lofton / Aveda/Fredrics Institute
Kelli Parks / Eric Fisher Academy
Amanda Di Carlo / Inpure 2
Whitney Vallee / Salon Inpure

Salon Team

Hairafter Salon and Spa
GLAM Salon Boutique
Salon Pure
Salon Inpure
Blushes Hair & Day Spa


Faatemah Ampey / Bella Salon and Spa
Adriana Catenaccio / Salon Gaboa
Steve Elias / Elixir Salon Spa
Shawna Parvin / World’s Local Parvin
Dimitrios Tsioumas / HiLItes Hair Salon

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