October 2, 2017
The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is part of the Professional Beauty Association’s Beauty Week. It is held in Las Vegas every year and gives beauty industry professionals opportunities to network, display their talent, and create new styles and fashion designs. NAHA has 15 different categories that hair stylists can compete in:
- Avant Garde
- Editorial Stylist of the Year
- Hairstylist of the Year
- Makeup Artist of the Year
- Master Stylist of the Year
- Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
- Nail Professional of the Year
- Newcomer Stylist of the Year
- Salon/School Design of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Student Hairstylist of the Year
- Styling and Finishing
Within these categories, one winner is chosen out of several nominees.
How NAHA Works
NAHA competitors work with photographers and models to create entries for their chosen category. The competitor, or hairstylist, creates a look that they think is cutting edge and will lead the future of hair design. Once they have created the perfect look on their chosen model, they do a photoshoot. The resulting pictures get entered into the NAHA competition.
Renowned stylists, artists, photographers, and beauty industry editors are selected as judges. They judge the pictures according to specific standards and criteria. Things that the judges consider while looking at the pictures include:
- The creative approach
- Demonstration of skill
- Technical ability
- Amount of photo manipulation
- Harmony between photographer and stylist
- Appropriate wardrobe choice
These are only a few examples of the things that the judges look at.
Stylists have to be absolutely on-point to create a look that will stop the judges in their tracks and make them swoon. NAHA is one of the most prestigious awards a hairstylist could win, so every detail matters. Stylists and photographers have to carefully consider:
- Model characteristics
- Photo background
- Makeup styles
- Props and accessories
- Creating a storyline for photos
- Much, much more
Competing in NAHA is a great opportunity for hairstylists to exercise their creativity and come up with new and exciting looks.
Inspire Greatness and NAHA
At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute, we encourage our students to get involved in the beauty industry through events like NAHA. This year, we had three students who were nominated for Student Hairstylist of the Year. We are proud of these students for their amazing accomplishments and hard work to become beauty industry leaders.
Nominee Number One: Mallory Cross
Mallory is one of our Aveda Institute students from Denver, Colorado. The styles she created for NAHA were truly unique and eye-catching.
Mallory used colorful dreadlocks to create a look that was fresh and fascinating. It speaks to her roots in Denver and stood out to the judges to get her nominated for Student Hairstylist of the Year. Great job Mallory!
Nominee Number Two: Chelsea Newman
Chelsea is another of our Denver students. She created some stunning hair designs that set her apart and helped her stand out.
We are proud of Chelsea for her hard work and amazing success in NAHA. We can’t wait to see what she becomes and her leadership in the beauty industry after she graduates.
Nominee Number Three: Aisling Campbell
Aisling is one of our Tucscon students. She was inspired by the strength of women and her Irish heritage, as seen in the red haircolors. Aisling was not only a nominee, but also the winner. See our blog on Aisling.
You can see Aisling Campbell’s NAHA entry photos here.
Becoming Part of the Aveda Family
Do you dream of working in the fashion industry and becoming a hair design artist like Chelsea and Mallory? Competing in events like NAHA are a great way to get there. At Inspire Greatness we want to see our students succeed in this aspect and do everything we can to help them achieve great things.
NAHA is not the only thing that our students can participate in. Another opportunity we provide for select students is to work backstage at New York Fashion Week with the Aveda team. We also have a study abroad program so students can travel and see beauty from an international perspective. These are the kinds of experiences that help set Inspire Greatness students apart and help them achieve greatness in the beauty industry.
Do you have what it takes to be the next NAHA nominee, New York Fashion Week artist, or travel abroad student? Contact us to get enrolled and start your journey to becoming the next big thing in beauty and fashion. We can’t wait to help you live your dream!