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?

Entries are due by September 10, 2021.

Why do I need to submit Before Images?

All submissions are required to include before photos of your model (and wig if using). Before images are used to provide context for judging purposes only and will not be released in any way. Before images can be taken with your phone or mobile device and do not need to adhere to any specific size requirements. 

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 select panel of industry professionals judge each submission. There are three rounds of judging for each category, and finalists are announced Nov 10, 2021. The winners are announced at our live award ceremony on January 30, 2022 in Long Beach, CA.

How can I get judging feedback on my entry?

Once all finalists have been announced, you can request feedback from judges on your submissions. Please email after Nov. 10 for this info.