2021 NAHA Finalists Announcement

Texture by Ammon Carver, @ammoncarver on Instagram
Texture by Ammon Carver, @ammoncarver on Instagram

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has announced the finalists in the 32nd annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).

“This was an unprecedented year for NAHA due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, yet the heightened creativity and vast number of submissions were some of the most impressive in the competition’s history,” shares Nina Daily, PBA chief marketing officer. “The industry rallied to channel energy into true artistry, innovation and camaraderie, and we couldn’t be prouder of this year’s finalists.”

To enter NAHA, each artist submitted their work through an electronic portal, which was then evaluated by a panel of 150 of the industry’s most esteemed hairdressers, makeup artists, beauty educators and experts, including Serge Normant, Danilo, Vernon Francois, Robert Ham, Antoinette Beenders, Shogo Ideguchi and more.

This year, NAHA introduced two new categories: Inspiring Salon of The Year, sponsored by SalonCentric, and Educator of the Year. Additionally, NAHA allowed previously published work to be entered for consideration for the first time ever. 

This  year’s finalist announcement, in partnership with Schwarzkopf Professional, was broadcast live on Facebook.

Finalists include:

Avant Garde:

Editorial Stylist of the Year:



Hairstylist of the Year:

Inspiring Salon of the Year:

Makeup Artist of the Year:

Men’s Hairstylist of the Year:

Student Hairstylist of the Year:

Styling and Finishing:

Team of The Year:

  • Backlot Studio 3
  • Jose Luis Salon - Manor
  • Jose Luis Salon - Austin
  • Salon Entrenous
  • Van Michael Salons


Educator of the Year:

Master Hairstylist of the Year:

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