Frequently Asked Questions

Entering NAHA

A new rule requirement in the Texture, Haircutting and Haircolor categories is the before picture – what does this picture need to show in order to qualify?

The before picture should showcase what the hair (or wig) looks like before any color, cutting, or styling. 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. Additionally, you will need to submit unedited before photos. Be sure to read the rules and regulations for each category before starting your shoot. 

Can I submit a collection to NAHA and another competition, or share on Instagram?

NAHA entry collections CAN be published prior to entry, and CAN be submitted to other regional, national or international competitions.

Can I enter multiple categories?

Entrants may enter the same collection of images into as many categories as they would like in the same year only with the following exceptions:

Entrants can submit up to three collections per category.

When is the entry deadline?

Due to the coronavirus, we have extended the entry deadline to November 18, 2020 to allow artists more time to envision and create their collections.

New Categories

There are two new categories this year! What are those categories and how do I enter?

Our Educator of the Year and Inspiring Salon categories were created to showcase those in the beauty community who inspire others around them.

The NAHA Educator of the Year category recognizes those who make significant contributions toward elevating the industry’s professional standards of excellence.

The Inspiring Salon of the Year celebrates salon culture – whether it’s your salon environment or how your salon connects to the community.

How do I nominate someone for salon of the year?

Please read our rules for Educator of the Year and Inspiring Salon of the Year to find out how to enter these two new and exciting categories.

Eliminated Categories

Why are there no Nail, Newcomer or Salon Design categories for 2021?

We’re continually working to evolve NAHA. In order to make room for the two new categories for 2021, we had to make some difficult decisions on categories to remove. Unfortunately these categories were experiencing a decline in entries, and removed for 2021. 

Judging Criteria

What is the judging criteria for the categories?

Technical Categories 

  • Technical Skill 50%
  • Cohesive Collection 20%
  • Creativity 30%

Educator of the Year

  • Overall impact on the lives of eauty professionals – 50%
  • Demonstrated contributions to the beauty industry through education – 25%
  • Commitment to innovation and excellence in education – 25%

Inspiring Salon of the Year 

  • Overall impact on the salon, employees and/or community – 100%
  • How has the initiative helped enhance the culture within the salon or project?
  • How has the initiative delivered business benefits?
  • How has it improved engagement within the salon and throughout the community?
  • Is it sustainable? Will it leave a lasting legacy?

How does the judging process work?

A selected panel of industry professionals judge each submission. There are three rounds of judging for each category where the finalists are determined. The winners are announce at our live show in March. 

How can I get judging feedback on my entry?

Yes, once all finalists have been announced, you can request feedback from judges on your submissions. Please email naha@probeauty.org after Nov. 18 for this info.

NAHA Judging

How can I apply to judge NAHA?

Apply to be a NAHA judge here.

I've judged before, do I need to apply again?

Yes, a new application is required to be considered to be a judge.

How do you select judges?

Judges are selected based on their experience in the industry, all judges must also be a PBA Member.

If I am entering NAHA, can I still judge?

No, if you decide to enter a collection into NAHA you will not be allowed to judge.

What is the time commitment for judging?

2-4 hours in a 2 week timeframe, all judging is done online.

How will I be notified if I am selected as a judge?

Emails will be sent out to every applicant notifying you whether you have or have not been selected to judge. Once you receive this email, you must confirm your selection.

Can I promote that I am a judge?

Yes! We encourage it! You will be featured on our website as a judge and you will also receive a graphic to display on your social media channels.

Can I judge more than one category?

Yes, you may be selected to judge more than one category


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Meet the Finalists

For over 30 years, thousands of talented artists have pushed the boundaries of skill and creativity, competing to win a coveted NAHA - the most prestigious award in the professional beauty industry.

Meet our esteemed panel of judges for NAHA 2021! This select group of industry professionals will judge submission in three rounds to determine the finalists and winners of NAHA 2021.

See the Collections