The Professional Beauty Association Reveals NAHA 2024 Finalists

Featuring extraordinary artistry and mastery precision, the 35th annual NAHA finalists represent the pinnacle of excellence in the industry.
Featuring extraordinary artistry and mastery precision, the 35th annual NAHA finalists represent the pinnacle of excellence in the industry.
Courtesy of Professional Beauty Association

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is thrilled to announce the 35th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) finalists.

NAHA is the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America and honors the salon industry’s top artists who push the boundaries of skill and creativity.

The 2024 NAHA finalists represent the best of the best in the beauty industry, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication to their craft. These artists have defied expectation, creating awe-inspiring collections that captivate and inspire. To win a coveted NAHA award, artists submit their collections in their choice of fourteen creative and inspirational categories of hair, makeup and education excellence. Development of these collections often takes months of envisioning, planning and shooting.

Collections are judged anonymously in three rounds by a panel of esteemed experts in hairdressing and makeup artistry, and are scored based on technical skill, cohesiveness, and creativity.

The NAHA 2024 Finalists are:

Avant Garde

  • Sabrena Handley
  • Michael Dubuc
  • Antoine Vadacchino
  • Carlos Alvarez Roque
  • Trish Dool

Barber of the Year

  • Tyler Kelbert
  • Charles Robinson
  • Nieves Almaraz
  • A-ROD Yadiel Alberto Rodriguez
  • Ammon Carver

Editorial Stylist of the Year

  • Naeemah LaFond - nominated for two collections
  • Rusty Phillips
  • Anna Pacitto
  • Ammon Carver

Educator of the Year

  • Steve Gomez
  • Jalia Pettis
  • Leysa Carrillo
  • Nubia Rëzo
  • Keya Neal


  • Nicole Pede
  • Tina Casciato
  • Janelle Eyre
  • Sean Godard
  • Danielle Waterman


  • Stephen Moody
  • Stan Newton
  • Evie Johnson
  • Yuki Yasui
  • Ben Barkworth

Hairstylist of the Year

  • Austin Lopez
  • Nicole Pede
  • Galyna Poczciwinski
  • Erin Fernandes
  • Anica Iordache

Inspiring Salon of the Year

  • Lucero Hair and Wellness
  • Rachel's Salon & Day Spa
  • Vann Studio
  • Logan Parlor
  • Salon 27

Makeup Artist of the Year

  • Breanne Gershon
  • Isidro Valencia
  • Gabrielle Singleterry
  • Orlando Marin
  • Anne Skubis

Master Hairstylist of the Year

  • Julie Vriesinga
  • Chrystofer Benson
  • Brayden Pelletier
  • Ruth Roche
  • Michelle Pargee

Student Hairstylist of the Year

  • Maddie Storm
  • Shaquan Burris
  • Kaitlyn Rockwell
  • Julia Gates
  • Chloe Sarai Baeza Garvalena

Styling and Finishing

  • Jaimee Smith
  • Brendnetta Ashley
  • George Alderete
  • Vanessa Whitmarsh
  • Jamie Wiley

Team of The Year

  • The Five Point Collective: Mariana Cecilia, Deja Coleman, Kassandra Retos, Heather Harris Torriente, Candy Nicole Roth
  • Rutherford, Bouchard & Kenney Ltd.: Derrick Rutherford, Francis Bouchard, Heidi Kenney
  • JCPenney Salon Team: Jaimee Smith, Brittany Brown, Joy Butner
  • Quinn Enright & Michelle Oliver
  • Team Krasa by Ulta Beauty: Galyna Poczciwinski, Danielle Keasling, Meghan Felicione, Gilad Goldstein


  • Cassie Carey
  • Jaimee Harris
  • Michelle O’Connor
  • Vanessa Whitmarsh
  • David Barron

The winners of the 35th annual North American Hairstyling Awards will be announced at a glamorous ceremony on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in conjunction with Premiere Orlando. This highly anticipated event will bring together industry professionals, influencers and enthusiasts to celebrate the outstanding achievements of these talented artists.

"The Professional Beauty Association is proud to celebrate the 2024 NAHA finalists who represent the top talent in the industry," shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Executive Director. “These artists display elevated creativity, vision and passion that inspires others and ignites innovation. We look forward to honoring the finalists at our first-ever east coast awards ceremony on June 2nd at Premiere Orlando.”

Tickets for the 2024 ceremony are available at

NAHA 2024 sponsors include amika, Aveda, Dell, Dyson, JCPenney Salon, KmXtend Hair Extensions, Moroccanoil, Schwarzkopf Professional and Ulta Beauty.

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