Professional Beauty Association Announces Finalists Of 2020 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)

Written by SalonCentric TeamNov 20, 2019

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The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is excited to announce the finalists in the 31st annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). As the top hair, makeup, and nail competition in North America, NAHA is the premiere platform for beauty professionals to push the boundaries and bring their artistic vision to life. For the second year, NAHA will take place during the International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) show on January 25, 2020.

Each year, industry artists submit their work―which often takes months of planning, shooting, and editing―and are judged by a blind panel of judges, many of which were selected through a call for new judges for 2020. Finalists are chosen through an anonymous process with no contact between judges or knowledge of artist names to ensure anonymity and fairness, and enable a true celebration of excellence, creativity, and technical ability.

This year's finalist candidates span fifteen categories of excellence across hair, makeup and nail artistry. Finalists include:

Avante Garde:
• Rodrigo Araneda
• Damien Carney
• Dilek Onur-Taylor
• Francesca Rivetti
• Jamie Wiley

Editorial/Session Stylist of the Year:
• Lucie Doughty
• Ruth Roche
• Ashley Stewart
• Lisa Von Kurvink
• Jamie Wiley


• Rodrigo Araneda
• Chrystofer Benson
• Genia Church
• Rossa Jurenas
• Sharie Valcin

• Rodrigo Araneda
• Chris Baran
• Chrystofer Benson
• Sharie Valcin
• Yuki Yasui

Hairstylist of the Year:

• Chrystofer Benson
• Dilek Onur-Taylor
• Morgan Roy
• Silas Tsang
• Julie Vriesinga

Makeup Artist of the Year:
• Daryna Barykina
• Marie-Laure Larrieu
• Noel McKinnon
• Kate Nash
• Tiaja Pierre

Master Hairstylist of the Year:
• Chris Baran
• Chrystofer Benson
• Ruth Roche
• Allen Ruiz
• Julie Vriesinga

Men’s Hairstylist of the Year:
• Nieves Almaraz
• Ammon Carver
• Jamie DiGrazia
• Jacqueline Figueroa
• Charles Robinson

Nail Professional of the Year:

• Wendi Barker
• Cassandra Clark
• Kayla Deus
• Rochelle Dingman
• Delia Hutchinson

Newcomer Stylist of the Year:
• Keith Bryce
• Natalie Cacciatore
• Cassie Carey
• Angela Debono
• Lyuba Gadd

Salon/School Design of the Year:
• Album Hair, Toronto
• Jolie Beauty Bar, Toronto
• Ryan M Scottsdale, Scottsdale
• TONI&GUY Galleria, Dallas Student

Hairstylist of the Year:
• Mackenzie Dean, Aveda Institute Denver
• Dorothy Greene, Aveda Institute Columbus
• Matthew Leadabrand, Aveda Institute Los Angeles
• Kaitlyn Rudie, Aveda Frederic’s Institute Cincinnati
• Bailey Stone, Aveda Institute Des Moines

Styling and Finishing:
• Ammon Carver
• Adrian Gutierrez
• Cory Hoffman
• Michelle O’Connor
• Dilek Onur Taylor

Team of The Year:

• Ammon Carver Studio
• Chrystofer Benson Studio
• RK Artistic Squad
• Salon by Instyle Design Team
• Ulta Beauty Design Team


• Aprille Bouchard
• Adrian Gutierrez
• Jose Luis Buitron
• Dilek Onur Taylor
• Norm Wright

The Live NAHA event kicks off with a red carpet reception from 6-8 pm, followed by the awards ceremony from 8-10:30 pm on January 25, 2020 at the Long Beach Convention Center Terrace Theater in Los Angeles County. Tickets are on sale at, with special packages exclusively available to Professional Beauty Association members. The awards ceremony will also stream online at Visit for more information, to get inspired and to learn more about the most prestigious night in beauty.