Bound for Glory
by Jeryl E. Spear, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director
North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) judges look at artistry, cohesiveness and creativity when they adjudicate artistic competitors' collections (including yours truly).

But when you look at all of the images individually, some photos present a “wow” factor that can’t be denied. For this article, we take great pleasure in sharing just some of the best individual images for NAHA 2015 that, win or lose on awards night, are bound for glory. ( NAHA Awards Show!

The Oscars of the North American pro-beauty industry is right around the corner.

Pack your suitcase with plenty of sparkle and head to Las Vegas for the biggest North American pro-beauty event of the year: North American Styling Awards (NAHA).

Hosted by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA), NAHA is the one place every year where industry legends of all affiliations assemble and even compete toeto-toe with their peers and up-andcoming artists.

Also included in this gala event: artistic presentations, special celebrity guests and endless amounts of inspiration.

Where: Mandalay Bay Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas
Date and Time: July 12 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Party; 8:00 p.m.

Gala presentation.

Note: The NAHA gala sells out every year, so purchase your tickets early.

People’s Choice Award

One of the most coveted NAHA accolades is the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by industry peers and consumers.

Vote for your favorite collections on the Professional Beauty Association’s Facebook page.

Each week, five finalist collections are posted and the previous five are taken down.

On July 1, the top five collections with the most votes will be chosen as NAHA People’s Choice finalists!


Matthew Swinney, Hairstylist of the Year finalist
Photographer: Richard Monsieurs; Hairstylist: Matt Swinney; MUA: Allison Aubuchon
Dallan Flint, Avant Garde finalist
Photographer: Keith Bryce; Hairstylist: Dallan Flint; MUA: Daniela Plowson; Fashion Stylist: Dallan Flin

Chrystofer Benson, Avant Garde finalist
Photographer: Joseph Cartwright; Hairstylist: Chrystofer Benson; MUA: Danielle Donahue; Fashion Stylist: Chrystofer Benson
Erika Fung, Avant Garde finalist
Photographer: Babak; Hairstylist: Erika Fung; MUA: Christina Nguyen

Michael Haase, Contemporary Classic finalist
Photographer: Nick Berardi; Hairstylist: Michael Haase; MUA: Eric J. Allen; Fashion Stylist: Michael Haase
Greta Coston, Haircolor finalist
Photographer: Joseph Cartwright; Colorist: Greta Coston; MUA: Danielle Donahue; Fashion Stylist: Greta Coston

Vivienne Mackinder, Master Hairstylist of the Year finalist
Photographer: Julia Pogodina; Hairstylist: Vivienne Mackinder; MUA: David Maderich for MAC Cosmetics; Fashion Stylist: Beagy Zielinski
Cindy Bartlett, Texture finalist
Photographers: Giancarlo Intini and Richard Dubois; Hairstylist: Cindy Bartlett; MUA: Giancarlo Intini; Fashion Stylist: Kirsten Reade

Nicole Gary, Newcomer Stylist of the Year finalist
Photographer: Luis Alvarez for Aquage; Hairstylist: Nicole Gary; MUA: Wanda Alvarez; Fashion Stylist: Patric Chauvez
Nicole Barrera, Student Hairtylist of the Year
Photographer: Keith Bryce; Student Hairstylist: Nicole Barrera; MUA: Anne Skubis

Danielle Keasling, Editorial finalist. Photographer: Will Mydell; Hairstylist: Danielle Keasling