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2011 NAHA Awards Winners

by CurlStylist on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Creation by Eli Mancha. Photo by Helen Berkun.

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), a Professional Beauty Association (PBA) event and the most prestigious photographic hairstyling competition in North America, is pleased to announce the winners of NAHA 2011.

The winners were recognized July 31, 2011 during a star-studded ceremony held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 beauty professionals attended, along with more than 35,000 viewers from across the globe who tuned in to watch the live steaming broadcast on hairdesignertv.com, to see who would be honored in NAHA’s 13 distinct categories. NAHA’s top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Eli Mancha from the Lock & Loaded line and the Bang Salon in Chicago, IL.

Awards Ceremony

This year, 2011, marked 22 years of the NAHA Awards Ceremony. The event featured artistic presentations from NAHA 2011 finalists, NAHA 2010 Hairstylist of the Year, Tony Ricci, and Proctor & Gamble professional brands.

Honorees of the event included Stan Klet, Sr., who was inducted into the Hall of Leaders, and Michael O’Rourke as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award. Actress, model, author, Las Vegas headliner and star of Planet Hollywood’s PEEPSHOW and Holly’s World on E!, Holly Madison, was presented with the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award for her work as an animal rights advocate.

Ceremony Highlights

In 2010, NAHA partnered with HairDesignerTV.com to bring the NAHA Awards Ceremony to the world via free, live streaming video. In 2011 the partnership continued and an even larger worldwide audience of more than 35,000 saw the Awards Ceremony.

NAHA and PBA also secured two additional consumer media opportunities to broaden the reach of NAHA. DailyMakeover.com featured a four-part profile on various NAHA categories and several finalists provided advice on a series of hair and makeup questions. In addition, the 2011 Hairstylist of the Year will travel to New York to be featured on nationally syndicated lifestyle show “BETTER” in September.

The first ever NAHA People’s Choice Award for the Hairstylist of the Year category was also launched at NAHA 2011. Voting was done during the show via text messaging. Charlie Price, a two time NAHA Hairstylist of the Year winner, took home the inaugural prize.

The NAHA 2011 winners in their respective categories include:

Master Stylist of the Year
Kris Sorbie
REDKEN 5th Ave, New York, NY

Hairstylist of the Year
Eli Mancha
Lock & Loaded, Chicago, IL

Salon Team of the Year
Jackson Ruiz Salon
Austin, TX

Editorial Stylist of the Year
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Mizu New York, New York, NY

Student Hairstylist of the Year
Giovanna Simington
Golden West College of Cosmotology, Huntington Beach, CA

Carlos Cintron
TIGI, Lewisville, TX

Make-Up Artist of the Year
Clarissa Luna
Jackson Ruiz Salon, Austin, TX

Avant Garde
Jake Thompson
Lunatic Fringe, Salt Lake City, UT

Contemporary Classic
Simon Chercuitte
SACO, Montreal, QB
Fashion Forward
Zahir Ziani
Red Door Spas, New York, NY

Dimitrios Tsioumas
Mizu New York, New York, NY

Salon Design
Marco Verrelli
Salon M Squared, Toronto, ON

Salon MBA
Karie & Aaron Bennett
Atelier, San Jose, CA

People’s Choice Award – Hairstylist of the Year
Charlie Price
Antoin du Chez the Spa, Denver, CO

Photos by Helen Berkun. Creations by Eli Mancha.

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