Featuring extraordinary artistry and mastery precision, the 35th annual NAHA finalists represent the pinnacle of excellence in the industry. 

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is thrilled to announce the 35th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) finalists. NAHA is the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America and honours the salon industry’s top artists who push the boundaries of skill and creativity.

The 2024 NAHA finalists represent the best of the best in the beauty industry, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication to their craft. These artists have defied expectations, creating awe-inspiring collections that captivate and inspire. To win a coveted NAHA award, artists submit their collections in fourteen creative and inspirational categories of hair, makeup, and education excellence. Development of these collections often takes months of envisioning, planning, and shooting.

Collections are judged anonymously in three rounds by a panel of esteemed experts in hairdressing and makeup artistry and are scored based on technical skill, cohesiveness, and creativity. 

Link to finalists’ work


Avant Garde:

Sabrena Handley 

Michael Dubuc 

Antoine Vadacchino 

Carlos Alvarez Roque 

Trish Dool 

Barber of the Year:

Tyler Kelbert

Charles Robinson

Nieves Almaraz

A-ROD Yadiel 

Alberto Rodriguez 

Ammon Carver

Editorial Stylist of the Year:

Naeemah LaFond 

Nominated for two collections Rusty Phillips

Anna Pacitto

Ammon Carver

Educator of the Year:

Steve Gomez 

Jalia Pettis 

Leysa Carrillo 

Nubia Rëzo 

Keya Neal


Nicole Pede

Tina Casciato

Janelle Eyre

Sean Godard 

Danielle Waterman


Stephen Moody 

Stan Newton 

Evie Johnson 

Yuki Yasui

Ben Barkworth

Hairstylist of the Year:

Austin Lopez

Nicole Pede

Galyna Poczciwinski 

Erin Fernandes

Anica Iordache

Inspiring Salon of the Year:

Lucero Hair and Wellness 

Rachel’s Salon & Day Spa 

Vann Studio

Logan Parlor

Salon 27

Makeup Artist of the Year:

Breanne Gershon 

Isidro Valencia 

Gabrielle Singleterry 

Orlando Marin 

Anne Skubis

Master Hairstylist of the Year:

Julie Vriesinga 

Chrystofer Benson 

Brayden Pelletier 

Ruth Roche 

Michelle Pargee

Student Hairstylist of the Year:

Maddie Storm

Shaquan Burris

Kaitlyn Rockwell

Julia Gates

Chloe Sarai 

Baeza Garvalena

Styling and Finishing:

Jaimee Smith 

Brendnetta Ashley 

George Alderete 

Vanessa Whitmarsh 

Jamie Wiley

Team of The Year:

The Five Point Collective – Mariana Cecilia 

Deja Coleman

Kassandra Retos

Heather Harris Torriente

Candy Nicole Roth

Rutherford, Bouchard & Kenney Ltd. – Derrick Rutherford, Francis Bouchard, Heidi Kenney JCPenney Salon Team: Jaimee Smith, Brittany Brown, Joy Butner Quinn Enright & Michelle Oliver

Team Krasa by Ulta Beauty: Galyna Poczciwinski, Danielle Keasling, Meghan Felicione, Gilad Goldstein


Cassie Carey 

Jaimee Harris 

Michelle O’Connor 

Vanessa Whitmarsh 

David Barron

The winners of the 35th annual North American Hairstyling Awards will be announced at a glamorous ceremony on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in conjunction with Premiere Orlando. This highly anticipated event will bring together industry professionals, influencers, and enthusiasts to celebrate the outstanding achievements of these talented artists.

“The Professional Beauty Association is proud to celebrate the 2024 NAHA finalists who represent the top talent in the industry,” shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Executive Director. “These artists display elevated creativity, vision and passion that inspires others and ignites innovation. We look forward to honoring the finalists at our first-ever east coast awards ceremony on June 2nd at Premiere Orlando.”

Tickets for the 2024 ceremony are available at

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