Hairstylist of the Year Rules

Hairstylist of the Year

Honoring the best stylists in the industry, the NAHA Hairstylist of the Year category embodies excellence and artistry, and possesses a drive to elevate hairstyling, and impact global trends through their innovation, creativity, skill and techniques.

Artists in this category showcase their expertise across a multitude of technical skills acquired through the investment of time and experience in the industry.

Hairstylist of the Year – Stylist Guidelines:

  • Collection must demonstrate mastery of each of the following:
    • Long Hair
    • Short Hair
    • Texture
    • Upstyling
    • Cutting
  • 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 NOT allowed.)

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

Hairstylist of the Year – Model Requirements:

  • May use one more models (Use of more than one model shows expertise in suitability of the model.)
  • Must showcase five unique looks

Signed NAHA Hairstylist of the Year Release Form

Hairstylist of the Year – 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.
  • Black and White images are allowed

* 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.
**NOTE: Special Photographic Effects are allowed as long as they do not hinder the judges viewing of the hair 

Category Tips

  • Work must demonstrate the pinnacle of world-class hairdressing.
  • Photos should beautifully demonstrate the harmony between the stylist’s skill and the photographer’s understanding of how to properly capture that skill on camera.
  • The collection should demonstrate a breadth of the entrant’s talent as an artist, covering many aspects of hairstyling.
  • Winning collections should be timeless.
  • Can each photo in the collection stand alone as a beautiful and flawless shot?
  • Is the sum of the collection even more powerful than each individual photo?