Hairstylist of the Year winner Alain Pereque
As owner, operator and manager of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), one of the most prestigious photographic hairstyling and beauty competition in North America, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has announced the winners of NAHA 2014. The winners were recognized during a star-studded awards ceremony which also celebrated the competition's 25th anniversary on July 13, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
NAHA's top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Alain Pereque from Saco Salon Drummond in Montreal, Quebec. This is Pereque's first NAHA Hairstylist of the Year honor. He has previously won Contemporary Classic in 2010 and was the Master Hairstylist of the Year in 2008.
NAHA honors artists in 14 distinct categories. Click through to see the winners in each category, and to read more about this year's events! [pagebreak]
Master Hairstylist of the Year
Anna Pacitto: Salon Pure; Montreal, Quebec [pagebreak]
Hairstylist of the Year
Alain Pereque: Saco Salon Drummond; Monreal, Quebec
Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Chris Rushton: Logan 14 Salon & Spa; Washington, DC
Editorial Stylist of the Year
Geneva Cowen: Sam Villa; Anchorage, AK
Men's Hairstylist of the Year
Paul Pereira: Solo Base; Toronto, Ontario
Student Hairstylist of the Year
Nicole Gary: San Bernardino Beauty College; San Bernardino, CA
Make-Up Artist of the Year
Heath Bryant-Huppert: HAUS Salon; Minneapolis, MN
Chrystofer Benson; South Weber, UT
Jake Thompson: Lunatic Fringe; Salt Lake City, UT
Sonna Brado: Jaazz Salons, Inc.; Spokane, WA
Chrystofer Benson: South Weber, UT
Dilek Onur-Taylor: jcp salons; Dallas, TX
Salon Team of the Year
Van Michael Salons; Atlanta, GA
Zoltons Salon and Spa; Scottsdale, AZ
Blo; Raleigh, NC
See all of the NAHA 2014 Winners on the next page! [pagebreak]
The Winners on the Red Carpet
Continue reading about this year's highlights on the next page! [pagebreak]
NAHA Red Carpet Highlights
NAHA continues to garner more and more celebrity recognition with each show. This year proved no exception. Finalists and attendees mixed and mingled with other guests and celebrities on the red carpet, including NAHA 2014 hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic.
NAHA Awards Ceremony & Artistic Presentations
The 25th Anniversary Celebration proved to be the pinnacle event at PBA Beauty Week 2014, recognizing the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry. As the top achievement for professional hairstylists and makeup artists, past and present NAHA entrants, finalists and winners continue to push the boundaries of trend-setting style. This year's celebration included a specialty opportunity drawing for a chance to win a 2014 Fiat 500A, courtesy of J Beverly Hills, and high-energy artistic presentations by Aveda, jcp salons, Redken and Allen Ruiz, recipient of the 2013 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year award.
Renowned entertainment journalists, television personalities and producers Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Known as one of America's most beloved couples, millions watch the famed couple on their E! hit reality show "Giuliana & Bill." In addition to their work together, Giuliana and Bill are successful business professionals in their own right and are involved in numerous charitable organizations, including Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago), the National Institutes of Health (renal cell cancer division), among many others. This dynamic duo brought charm, energy and excitement to the 25th anniversary celebration.
Acclaimed World Master Hair Designer, educator, artistic director, executive and salon owner Dwight Miller was presented with the 2014 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is considered to be NAHA's highest honor, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry and is limited to licensed salon professionals. For 50 years, Miller has influenced industry changes in hair fashion and technique and continues to be an incredible inspiration.
[Images courtesy of PBA]