From left to right: NAHA entry photos from winners Matt Swinney (Avant Garde); Allen Ruiz (Hairstylist of the Year); Dimitrios Tsioumas (Master Hairstylist of the Year): and Matthew Morris (Men's Hairstylist of the Year). Courtesy of PBA.
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NAHA's Brightest Stars

Top talent Allen Ruiz nabs the "Hairstylist of the Year" for the second time

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), a Professional Beauty Association (PBA) event that is recognized as the most prestigious photographic hairstyling and beauty competition in North America, unveils the winners of NAHA 2013!!

The luminaries were recognized on July 14, during a star-studded ceremony held at the ultra-stylish Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 beauty professionals attended the fete, which was viewed by tens of thousands of viewers who tuned in to the live streaming broadcast from destinations across the globe.

Allen Ruiz from the Jackson Ruiz Salon in Austin, Texas nabbed NAHA's top honor as he was named "Hairstylist of the Year." This win marks Ruiz's second Hairstylist of the Year honor, making this top talent only one of three stylists to ever achieve this honor more than once!

The NAHA 2013 winners in their respective categories include:

Hairstylist of the Year
Allen Ruiz
Jackson Ruiz Salon
Austin, Texas

Master Hairstylist of the Year
Dimitrios Tsioumas
Mizu New York
New York City

Newcomer Stylist of the Year
Jeremy McDougle
Lunatic Fringe Salon
Salt Lake City

Editorial Stylist of the Year
Sherri Jessee
Sherri's Hair Salon
Bristol, Va.

Men's Hairstylist of the Year
Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare, Denver

Student Hairstylist of the Year
Stormie Roberts
Eric Fisher Academy
Wichita, Kan.

Make-Up Artist of the Year
Katy Albright
Waxhaw, N.C.

Avant Garde
Matt Swinney

Contemporary Classic
Geno Chapman
Julian August
Los Angeles

Sue Pemberton
Sue Pemberton LLC
Henderson, Nev.

Anthony Cress
Studio 4 Salon
Newport Beach, Calif.

Salon Team of the Year
Lunatic Fringe Salon
Salt Lake City

Salon Design
Mitch Men's Salon
Normal, Ill.

Salon MBA
Neroli Salon & Spa

Finalists and attendees mingled with a host of other A-listers, including 2013's host Mario Lopez and Dita Von Teese. Lopez also received an honor when he received the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award for his contributions to an array of charitable causes, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Community Youth Athletic Center of Chula Vista, Jameson's Army, and Padres Contra el Cancer.

Beyond the awards presentation, the glittering event featured artistic presentations from Aveda, KAO/Goldwell and Dimitrios Tsioumas-the recipient of the 2012 Hairstylist of the Year NAHA title. This year's People's Choice honor also went to Tsioumas of the Mizu New York salon in New York City.

It's not too soon to get ready for 2014! Next year will mark NAHA's 25th anniversary! In celebration, PBA and the NAHA will showcase the history of NAHA and what it has meant to the careers and lives of many stylists throughout the years.

For the NAHA 2014 application, visit   

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