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The 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards Entries Opens June 11th

Apr 15, 2020, 21:01 PM by Taylor Trujillo
New Categories, New Rules, and Interactive Creative Conversations Kick Off NAHA 2021 to Accommodate #StayAtHome


April 14, 2020 (Scottsdale, AZ) -- The Professional Beauty Association is pleased to to announce it is opening the 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards Entries on June 11th, and as a response to the world’s coronavirus pandemic, has revamped this year’s entry process by introducing new categories & eliminating others, establishing new rules, and launching a series of interactive weekly creative Instagram conversations to help navigate not only this new territory, but to help artists create their most inspired NAHA collection ever. Entries open on June 11th, 2020 and close on October 2nd, which is an extended time frame to accommodate current federal and local Stay Home orders.

NAHA has been the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America for over 30 years, honoring the salon industry’s top artists – who push the boundaries of skill and creativity. This year is undoubtedly different; it's a challenging time filled with uncertainty.  The PBA is calling on all artists to unleash their creativity and show what we can do when we channel our energies and determination into artistry; connected by passion and united by beauty.

In this changed climate, the PBA highlights these NAHA 2021 entry adjustments below:

Two New Categories:

Eliminating Three Categories: “Nail,” “Newcomer,” and “Salon Design” categories have been eliminated from the 2021 program.

Previously Published & Non-Exclusive Submissions: This year, NAHA entry collections may be published prior to entry, and can be submitted to other regional, national or international competitions. The  “Editorial Stylist of the Year” category also enables editorial work published in any consumer media outlet from September 1, 2019 through September 1, 2020 to be submitted, honoring editorial and session hairdressers who have an extraordinary ability to create innovative and award-winning looks for print and online media. More information on this category:

NAHA Creative Conversations: To help spark creativity and unleash the path to NAHA, special guest host Michael Shaun Corby will present a series of weekly digital NAHA conversations with previous winners and industry icons. These dynamic, interactive conversations will be presented throughout April and May via Instagram Live on @probeautyassoc and at for future viewing. These interactive events will be dedicated to helping guide hairdressers on creating and submitting a winning collection. Below is the schedule; subject to change:

NAHA submissions are judged online, in multiple rounds, by a blind panel of judges. The judging process is completely anonymous with no contact between judges or knowledge of artist names to ensure anonymity and fairness during the judging process.

For specific category rules and to enter, please visit Get inspired and learn more about the most prestigious night in beauty.

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