The North American Hairstyling Awards ® 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.
For over 30 years, thousands of talented artists have used NAHA as a platform to showcase their work to win a coveted NAHA award.
The NAHA 2023 entry categories are here! Browse the categories, choose which one you think will highlight your talents and artistry the best, read through the rules and download release forms. Download the full entry brochure >
Know an Educator or Inspiring Salon of the Year who deserves to be recognized?
Be mindful of the category you are entering - not all collections belong in multiple categories. While entering the same photographs into multiple categories is allowed for some categories (please refer to the specific category requirements
when entering), submitting your collection into too many categories is likely to dilute your chances of sticking out in one.
Do your homework and direct the process to create a unique look and feel for your collection based on the category
you plan to enter.
THE NAHA remix
Revisit and reinvent a previously entered collection! Everything looks different through the prism of today, so why not give your work a remake? Maybe your work was too ahead of its time, you applied too much filtering which made it hard to see the detail
of the work, or your post-production work went a bit past the PBA guidelines. Whatever the reason, this is your second chance to take that collection that you know is NAHA quality and give it a new life for 2023!
Here’s how you enter:
Find a previous collection from the past, that was not selected as a finalist
Make sure that collection follows the current category and overall NAHA rules and regulations
Touch up, update, remove and add filters if you like – keep in mind the NAHA photo manipulation rules
Enter in your selected category and note that your collection is a Remix during entry
Remix collections cannot be submitted to Master or Student Hairstylist of the Year
HOW TO ENTER
Read rules & select your category Review general rules, requirements what’s new and details on categories.
Get creative & build your collection Be sure to follow competition rules, requirements, category rules and image specifications noted for your chosen category.
Submit your collection, release forms & entry fees Entry opens June 6, 2022. All entries must be submitted by September 14, 2022 by 9pm EST/6PM PST. PBA Preferred and Business Members save 50% on NAHA entry fees!
Tell Everyone You Entered NAHA 2023! Download graphics to let everyone know you entered NAHA! Be sure to tag us with #naha2023 and @probeautyassoc
Who can enter
Entrants must be licensed cosmetologists/barbers*.
Makeup Artist of the Year entrants do not have to be a certified makeup artist or have attended a makeup artistry school.
Entrants must reside in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
NAHA entry collections CAN be published prior to entry, and CAN be submitted to other regional, national or international competitions.
Those recommended to apply for Educator of the Year and Inspiring Salon of the Year categories must complete their entries and submit by the deadline to be included. Inspiring Salon of the Year entries must be submitted by the salon owner or an approved
*Exceptions are for Student Hairstylist of the Year, Makeup Artist of the Year and Inspiring Salon of the Year.
For all entries, we strongly encourage entrants to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion by working with team members and models who represent varied backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, identity, age, religion, and size.
Regular Pricing $115 per submission $85 Student Hairstylist of the Year submission No entry fee for the Inspiring Salon of the Year
or Educator of the Year
PBA Member Pricing $60 per submission $45 Student Hairstylist of the Year submission
Focus on what you want the judges to see – the hair/makeup. Avoid full body shots unless relevant to your theme and artistic direction.
Avoid photographic filters and other special effects as they distract from your work.
Have a story line or cohesive theme visible in your collection.
Keep images simple. They should be polished, clean, and executed with passion for your craft.
Choose the background carefully so that it does not take away from your work.
Be mindful of the category you are entering. Not all collections belong in multiple categories. While entering the same photographs into multiple categories is allowed for some categories (please refer to the specific category requirements when entering),
submitting your collection into too many categories is likely to dilute your chances of sticking out in one.
Do your homework and direct the process to create a unique look and feel for your collection based on the category you plan to enter.
Throughout the planning and execution of your vision, remember your concept and overall creative approach.
Be mindful of the art direction and composition of each photograph – each should stand alone as a beautiful image but come together to create a cohesive collection.
Keep the wardrobe, styling, makeup consistent with the theme.
Overuse of props and accessories take focus away from the collection.
For 2023, we are introducing an opportunity for an up-and-coming beauty pros to work with a multiple award-winning NAHA team to develop and shoot a collection for NAHA 2023 entry.
Congratulations Sarah Harris on being our NAHA 2023 Mentorship Winner!
Meet the other Finalists: Arend Jackson Brandi Fontenot Emma Hancock Guy McAdam
Tune in and watch our chats hosted by NAHA Committee Chair and Living Proof Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Corby, where we talk all things NAHA, creativity and inspiration with with some of the biggest names in beauty!
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