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Master Hairstylist of the Year Rules & Regulations

This invitation-only category honors the top artists, educators and artistic directors. The NAHA Master Stylist of the Year allows the very best of the best in the industry to showcase their top work of the year.

This invitation-only category honors the top artists, educators and artistic directors. The NAHA Master Stylist of the Year allows the very best of the best in the industry to showcase their top work of the year. If you have not received an invitation to apply to Master’s, you are not eligible to enter this category.

New for 2021: Any material that is a headpiece, hair ornament or art worn on the head is allowed if it does not restrict viewing of the hair AND/OR is constructed out of natural or synthetic hair.

Stylist Guidelines:

  • Wigs are allowed.
  • Natural and Synthetic hair extensions and hair pieces are allowed. (Note: Any material that is a headpiece, hair ornament or art worn on the head is allowed if it does not restrict viewing of the hair AND/OR is constructed out of natural or synthetic hair.
  • Braids are allowed.

NOTE: Images entered in the Master Hairstylist of the Year cannot be entered into any other category.

Model Requirements:

  • Must showcase five unique looks
  • Signed NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year Release Form

Image Requirements:

  • All images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format
  • Images must be 8x10 inches with a resolution of 300DPI (CMPI not accepted)
  • Five Before Images*
  • Five Unedited, Unretouched Images
  • Five Final Images
  • Retouching of the image’s color is allowed**
  • Retouching of the hair’s shape, texture or color is not allowed.
Technical Categories
  • Technical Skill 50%
  • Cohesive Collection 20%
  • Creativity 30%

*Before images must be taken on the same day of service. If using a wig, before images may be taken on a mannequin head or on your model.
**Special Photographic Effects are allowed as long as they do not hinder the judges viewing of the hair.