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The 2012 NAHA Awards

by Claire Aviles on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Jose Julian Macias Navarro-NAHA Finalist: Texture / Photographer: Sergio Castro

This month, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) will celebrate the top hairstylists and beauty professionals in the industry.

NAHA, which will be held in Las Vegas on July 22, is the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America. Individuals are recognized in thirteen different categories, from Newcomer of the Year and Avant-Garde to one of our favorites, Texture.

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, named the 2012 PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Honoree, will host the NAHA Awards Ceremony this year. “I am thrilled to host the 2012 North American Hairstyling Awards,” Rancic said. “Beauty professionals are at the heart of making people look and feel their best, and I’m excited to be a part of this amazing event,” says Giuliana.

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.

Check out the NAHA website to see more amazing photographs. You can also find information about attending the event.

Following is a list of the NAHA categories and finalists.

Chrystofer Benson and Tawnya Nelson
Nicholas French
Jose Julian Macias Navarro
Jake Thompson
Chris Vandehey

Contemporary Classic
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Daniel Holzberger
Nick Stenson
Rusty Phillips
Sal Misseri

Editorial Hairstylist of the Year
Charlie Price
Vivienne Mackinder and Sue Pemberton
Steve Elias
Neeko Abriol
Michael Albor and Donna Hamilton

Dimitrios Tsioumas
Nick Stenson
Chad Demchuk
Sue Pemberton
Jacqueline Sanchez

Hairstylist of the Year
Allen Ruiz
Liz Nevin
DJ Riggs
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Alain Pereque

Make-Up Artist of the Year
Clarissa Luna
Jeanne San Diego
Ericka Brannon
Sevan Tatoulian
David Maderich

Master Hairstylist of the Year
Edwin Johnston
Tony Ricci
Dusty Simington
Anna Pacitto
Eric Fisher

Newcomer of the Year
Valeria Amirova
Sal Misseri
Ray Hornback
Jasmine Gibbs
Nick Hemsley

Salon Design of the Year
Headlines The Salon
Ginger Bay Salon & Spa
Square Colour Salon + Spa
Bespoke Hair Artisans
Studio So Lara

Salon MBA
Rejuvenation Spa
Gila Rut Salon
Mane Attraction Salon
Zazou Salon & Spa

Salon Team of the Year
Lunatic Fringe Salon
A Michael Levine Salon Group
HAUS Salon
Salon Keiji

Student Hairstylist of the Year
Nicole Higgens
Quinn Sorensen
Alisha Sutch
Cameron Jones
Cassandra Monteyro

Liz Nevin
Jasmine Gibbs
Amy Freudenberg
Jose Julian Macias Navarro
Richie Roman

Texture Big at 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards

by Michelle Breyer on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces the finalists for the 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)! As the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, NAHA celebrates the creativity and skill of the professional salon industry. From avant-garde and editorial styling to recognizing the business savvy nature of salon owners, winning a NAHA award is a true pinnacle career achievement.

As always, textured hair is one of the highlights of the annual competition, showcasing some of the most dramatic artistry and latest innovations.

The NAHA Award’s Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. An evening filled with high-energy, creative expression and artistic presentations by some of the industry’s leading figures including current Hairstylist of the Year, Tony Ricci, the 2011 NAHA Award’s Ceremony is the perfect place to salute rising stars and industry icons. NAHA 2011 is part of PBA Beauty Week, which also includes PBA Symposium, Beacon, Best Practice Club, the City of Hope Charity Gala, and is hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

NAHAs are given in 13 distinct categories, including: Hairstylist of the Year, Master Stylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Makeup Artist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon MBA, Student Hairstylist, Salon Team and Texture.

In addition to winning the NAHA, the 2011 Hairstylist of the Year winner will also be flown to New York City for meetings with leading consumer beauty editors and appear on the nationally syndicated lifestyle television program, BETTER.

NAHA also salutes two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. NAHA 2011 is proud to present its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Michael O’Rourke, an internationally renowned hairstylist, salon owner, educator, and businessman. NAHA 2011 is also pleased to induct entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stan Klet Sr., into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.

NAHA continues to draw from a diverse and internationally renowned list of hairstylist and makeup artists from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland.

Judges included Angelo Seminara, Kris Sorbie, Vivienne Mackinder, Tabatha Coffey, Ruth Roche, Mary Brunetti, Darren Bain, Bennie Tognini, Robert Lobetta, Kendall Ong, Jamie Carroll, Gary Sunderland, Heather Wenman, Antoinette Beenders, Dean Banowetz, Nicholas French, Sam Brocato, Anthony Morrison, Mark Hayes, Sharon Blaine, Eveline Charles, Leon Alexander, Jonathan Lovett, Damian Stoney, James Morrison, Damien Carney, Michael Baker, Will Bruder and several others.

Via a blind entry process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

The NAHA festivities 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 special guest appearances.

Check to Ensure Licenses Are Current

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In an effort to maintain high professional standards and the integrity of our industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) recommends beauty professionals take a moment and double check that all required professional licenses are current. While the vast majority of beauty professionals and salon / spa owners are diligent in maintaining up-to-date licenses with state and local governments for the services they perform, even the most conscientious of us can make an honest mistake. An honest mistake, however, could result in fines and/or the closure of a business for an extended period of time. PBA encourages members and non-members alike to make certain all licenses are current for their business as well as for all employees. Most state regulatory boards have an online component via their website in order to check the status of a license.

Salon and spa owners, along with individual professionals, must also guarantee any employee who has moved from another state has met the requirements for license reciprocity (if available). While there is no standard for license reciprocity and in many cases it does not exist between states, the law must be followed and a new license must be obtained.

In addition, recent media reports have reported salons hiring or continuing to employ individuals that do not maintain the required license for beauty services being performed. As both a matter of good business practices and public safety, PBA does not condone such actions. Maintaining the integrity of the beauty industry requires that we continue to meet the high professional standards that are the hallmark of our industry.

Please take a moment and double check that your license is current today!

PBA Announces NAHA Finalists

by Gretchen Heber on Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces the much anticipated finalists for the 2010 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)! Winning an award at NAHA, North America’s most esteemed beauty competition, has become a true pinnacle career achievement with the help of beauty professionals and the industry as a whole. Open to the entire beauty industry, the NAHA Award Ceremony is a not-to-be-missed evening of high energy, artistic expression, and the coming together of the professional beauty association to salute rising stars and industry icons. NAHA 2010 is part of PBA Beauty Week and will take place Sunday, July 18, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

NAHAs are given in 13 distinct categories including: Master Stylist, Hairstylist of the Year, Editorial Stylist, Student Hairstylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Salon Team, Salon Design, Texture, and Makeup Artist of the Year. 2010 marks the inaugural year for the Salon MBA award. The Salon MBA is designed to recognize savvy salon owners who have cultivated a cutting-edge salon and a highly profitable business.

NAHA also salutes two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. This year NAHA 2010 is proud to present its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Beth Minardi, an internationally renowned haircolor specialist, educator and salon owner. NAHA 2010 is also pleased to induct entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Frederic Holzberger, into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.

PBA is proud to announce a record setting number of entries for 2010. More than 700 beauty professionals (an 18 percent increase from 2009 and a 35 percent increase from 2008) spent countless hours conceptualizing and bringing to life their artistic visions. The growth and breadth of NAHA entries from established hairstylists to those just starting their career is a testament to the power of NAHA.

NAHA judging was also enhanced in 2010 and focused on a diverse group of leading international hairstylists and makeup artists from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland. Judges included Vivienne Mackinder, Tabatha Coffey, Ruth Roche, Sally Hershberger, Mary Brunetti, Darren Bain, Bennie Tognini, Robert Lobetta, Nick Arrojo, Kendall Ong, Cary Obrien, Jamie Carroll, Gary Sunderland, Heather Wenman, Karg, Antoinette Beenders, Dean Banowetz, Nicholas French, Sam Brocato, Anthony Morrison, Mark Hayes, Sharon Blaine, Jane Wild, Eveline Charles, Leon Alexander, Jonathan Lovett, Damian Stoney, Isabelle Sabourin, Petra Strand, and several others. Via a blind entry process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

The NAHA festivities 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 special guest appearances. NAHA 2010 will also pay tribute to CUT IT OUT / Salons Against Domestic Abuse, a charitable organization developed for the salon industry to help raise awareness on domestic violence and help hairstylists and their clients seek treatment.


Stylist Name

Salon Name

Avant Garde Paul and Jami Eastin
Nicholas French
Alain Pereque
Charlie Price
Chad Seale
Paris Parker Salon
Matrix C.R.A.F.T Global Academy
Salon Pure
Click Salon
Taylor Andrews
Contemporary Classic Ammon Carver
Gianpolo Colombo
Steve Elias
Alain Pereque
Chad Taylor
Hairafter Salon and Spa
Elixir Salon Spa
Salon Pure
Moods Hair Salon
Editorial Stylist Faatemah Ampey
Ammon Carver
Steve Elias
Charlie Price
Sevin Vee
Faatemah, Inc.
Elixir Salon Spa
Click Salon
Van Michael Salon
Fashion Forward Steve Elias
Shirley Gordon
Glenn Mitchell & Charlie Price
Timothy Switzer
Antoine Vadacchino
Elixir Salon Spa
Strands Hair Studios
Shine Salon
Timothy & Co. Salon
Salon Pure
Haircolor Chrystofer Benson
Sue Pemberton
Nancy Scasserra
Silas Tsang
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Salon Tantrum
Xpression the Salon
Blushes Hair and Day Spa
Mizu New York
Hairstylist of the Year Steve Elias
Shirley Gordon
Shawna Parvin
Tony Ricci
Antoine Vadacchino
Elixir Salon Spa
Strands Hair Studios
World’s Local Parvin
Ricci Hair Co.
Salon Pure
Master Hairstylist Michael Albor
Wendy and Oscar Bond
Charlie Price
Tony Ricci
Heather Wenman
The Loft Salon + Day Spa
Bond Academy
Click Salon
Ricci Hair Co.
Studio H
Salon Design Aalam The Salon
Aveda Institute Birmingham
Donato Salon + Spa
Smashcut Studio
Vasken Demirjian Salon
Student Hairstylist Rebecca Cowles
Ashley Hall
Patrick Mathes
Stacie Niemann
Josh Parkin
Aveda Fredric’s Institute
Paul Mitchell The School SB
Aveda Fredric’s Institute
Eric Fisher Academy
Taylor Andrews
Salon Team Blushes Hair Day Spa
Jackson Ruiz Salon
Salon Inpure
Salon Pure
Valentinos Grand Salon
Texture Shirley Gordon
Chad Seale
Lina Shamoun
Silas Tsang
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Strands Hair Studios
Taylor Andrews
Artline Salon
Blushes Hair and Day Salon
Mizu New York

Industry Groups Battle Over Midwest Trade Shows

by CurlStylist on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Two large industry groups have issued dueling statements in regard to the Professional Beauty Association’s recent announcement that it will launch a major trade show in a Chicago suburb next year, two weeks after Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) holds its big America’s Beauty Show, another major show.

At ABS this year, held shortly after PBA’s startling announcement, many industry insiders expressed shock and surprise at the timing and location of the newly announced show. One noted executive said, “It was like they dropped a bomb.”

“When one seeks change or improvement, it is rarely the heavy handed wielding of a big stick that supports progress,” the executive (who declined to be named) said. “It is a sad day for our industry that such a tactic was used to in an attempt to force change in the show arena in Chicago, whether the change was needed or not.”

Many wonder if the industry, and the midwest, can support two large shows so close together, and what the ramifications for both shows will be. Will manufacturers be able put on their often-lavish productions at two shows so close together, many wonder? Will one show outshine the other? Will one show be forced to cease to be?

We’ll find out eventually, of course, but some industry insiders have thoughts on the matter.

“It’s totally f’ed up,” said an industry veteran, who also asked not to be named. “When you look at the overall picture and how fragmented the industry is and all the acquisitions that have taken place and the dollars and cents, the last thing this industry needs is more fragmentation. ABS (formerly the Midwest Beauty Show) has played the strongest role in the Midwest, and has been nothing but a success. For someone to come and disrupt this for unknown reasons is the worst thing that can happen to the hairdresser in the Midwest.”

Longtime beauty industry publicist Janice McCafferty has a different take on the changes: “Chicago and the Midwest is a huge market for the beauty industry. I feel our profession can handle another show in order to better serve us. Plus, competition never hurts. Maybe in the end we will wind up with the best show in the country serving our industry in the way it should be.”

PBA’s statement indicated, “It is PBA’s desire to work with Cosmetologists Chicago . . . in order to create an event providing increased value for exhibitors and attendees, expanded education, and the opportunity for a more unified industry. PBA is not trying to undermine the ABS show and believes by working with ISSE - Midwest, Cosmetologists Chicago can actually benefit more from this new relationship versus their current situation.

CC responds, “PBA has never provided us with any formal business plan for a relationship between the two groups, or how CC could benefit from such an arrangement. At the only formal meeting between PBA and CC’s management about this issue—which occurred on March 15, just one week before the opening of ABS 2010—PBA failed to provide any explanation as to what benefit CC, its members, or ABS exhibitors would receive in return for CC’s sharing its years of brand equity with PBA.”

PBA also states, “ISSE - Midwest was created in response to a desire from members for an alternative event in the Chicago market. PBA had no intention of engaging in predatory practices, but rather answered the call from members and non-members alike who desired a show with substantially less cost involved, that was located at the popular Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, and that could deliver the professionalism that exhibitors and attendees have come to expect at ISSE - Long Beach and Cosmoprof North America. As an example, PBA’s offer to cover drayage will provide substantial cost savings to exhibitors, which would ideally be passed along to show attendees.”

CC’s response: “Exhibit space rates for ABS 2011 will be the same as for ABS 2010. In most cases, these rates are actually lower than listed rates in PBA’s exhibitor application. We also note that CC does not require exhibitors to become “members” in order to lease space at the ABS. Some materials that PBA has distributed indicate that exhibitors must become PBA members in order to obtain exhibit space.”

We look forward to seeing how this situation plays out, and will keep you posted as we find out more information. If you have thoughts, please post them below in the comments area. We’d love to know what you think.

Attendance at the 2010 International Salon & Spa Expo Sets Record

by CurlStylist on Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Photo by Trish Sorensen

Models at the Farouk booth show some beautiful texture.

Exceeding all expectations, a record 40,000 beauty professionals attended the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. Produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA), the phenomenal attendance numbers, up 21% from 2009, combined with a wider array of educational opportunities and first-class exhibitors, reaffirmed ISSE’s position as not only the West Coast’s largest and most influential professional industry event, but also as one of the top international beauty events. Featuring 397 exhibitors, up 3% from 2009 on a sold-out expo floor, the positive numbers and better-than-expected sales many exhibitors experienced proves the beauty industry is resilient and provides a positive indication for the future.

For a complete list of 2010 beauty shows, see our list.

“The International Salon & Spa Expo continues to grow, while maintaining a professional, first-rate experience for exhibitors and attendees,” stated PBA’s Executive Director Steve Sleeper. “The phenomenal, record setting attendance ISSE experienced proves the importance the industry places on this show and the value it places on education, networking and the opportunity to connect with exciting new products and services.”

Known for bringing in some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, ISSE 2010 featured overflow crowds for classes and presentations by Tabatha Coffey, Charlie Price, Ruth Roche, Karg + Blackwell, and Martin Parsons, to name a few. Exhibitors, many of whom invested in dynamic new booth installations on the reconfigured show floor, reported positive sales and eager customers. Discounts and “bargain basement” deals typically seen in the final hours of the show were not common with exhibitors selling through onsite inventory. Key exhibitors included: Conair / Rusk, Vidal Sassoon, OPI, TIGI, CND (Creative Nail), Clairol Professional, Farouk / CHI, Moroccan Oil, Global Keratin, and Sally Beauty Supply along with first-time standouts California Meltology, Nordic Hair Contrast, Belvada Cosmetics, and Color Spatch. PBA also reports a significant increase in onsite-exhibitor renewals for 2011, reaffirming the commitment the industry places on ISSE.

The other key mission of ISSE is to provide valuable education. Organized in a more concise manner that allowed attendees to follow certain “tracks”, over 250 education classes in hair, skin, nails, massages therapy, marketing, and business strategy were offered. Licensed massage therapists were also able to earn continuing education (CE) credits. From the renowned Technical Theater to the Latino Fashion Theater and International Fashion Theater, attendees were able to view and interact with some of the most respected industry professionals and gain insight into the trends, both in beauty treatments/products and overall business management, in an effort to help better position their careers.

One new educational experience offered at ISSE 2010 was the LFG Fashion Photo Shoot by the Masters. Presented by the Latino Fashion Group and taught by famed photographer Babak, aboard the historic Queen Mary, attendees were able to learn how to produce and shoot a first-rate editorial-focused campaign.

ISSE 2010 also hosted for the first time the Legends & Icons Gala, which honored Ann Mincey (legend), Robert Cromeans (icon), and Sonya and Christopher Dove (icons). Attended by nearly 400 beauty professionals in support of the PBA | NCA Cares Fund, the event was not only a beautiful and moving affair, but also an additional $3,400 was raised for Haiti earthquake relief through a special collection.

ISSE will return to Long Beach, California Jan. 29 - 31, 2011.

Industry Groups to Merge

by Staff on Monday, November 30th, 2009

The Board of Directors for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) are pleased to announce the merger of NCA with PBA as its fourth section of membership. This merger represents another progressive step towards industry unification and furthers the strategic plan to be universally recognized as the catalyst for driving consumer loyalty, member success and the advancement of the professional beauty industry.

The merger will be official on January 1, 2010. Until then, NCA will continue to be managed by PBA. In 2010, NCA will officially join PBA as the fourth membership section, joining the current membership sections for manufacturers, distributors and salon and spa owners.

“By forming this strategic alliance, all facets of the beauty industry will now be represented by a more unified and efficient trade association capable of maximizing member value and better able to serve the professional beauty industry as a whole,” says Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of PBA. “On behalf of PBA, we welcome the addition of licensed professionals to our membership and feel in the long term, all membership sections will benefit.”

By merging, PBA and NCA will be able to serve their members and deliver upon their respective missions more effectively. By realizing multiple synergies, benefits such as more comprehensive research into the industry’s best practices, a wider array of continuing education, advanced trainings, charitable outreach and networking across multiple channels are expected. Government relations and lobbying efforts benefiting the entire industry will also be combined and will remain a core focus. In addition, members of each association will share in the benefits of the other as appropriate, including free admission to major industry events such as the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) beginning in 2011 and the International Beauty Shows, as well as special pricing to events such as Cosmoprof North America, PBA Symposium and the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).

“We’re excited about this opportunity for the entire professional salon industry to be represented by one unified association,” says Mark Goodman, NCA President. “This merger will allow salon professionals to have access to more advanced education and an opportunity to build their career with integrity, as has long been the NCA mission.

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