From behind the chair, to session work, to the runway, the precision and details of Styling and Finishing is a vital component of every theme, trend or look. 

The Styling and Finishing category honors artists who showcase mastery in creating polished finished looks.

General Guidelines

  • Images entered into this category may not be entered into the Texture or Avant Garde categories.

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 NOT allowed.)

Model Requirements

  • Must showcase three unique looks
  • May use one or more models
  • Signed NAHA Styling and Finishing 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)
  • Three Before Images* (no larger than 8MB each)
  • Three Unedited, Unretouched Images 
  • Three Final Images 
  • Retouching of the image’s color is allowed**.
  • Retouching of the hair’s shape, texture or color is not allowed.

*NOTE: 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

  • Styles should demonstrate world class finishing that complements an overall look.
  • Styles should complement the individuality of the model.
  • Photographs should display hairstyles that are crafted with a high level of styling knowledge.