5 March 2024

2012 NAHA Finalists Announced

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The announcement of the finalists in each category is the semi-climax of the North American Hairstyling Awards, crowning the creative royalty of the hairdressing industry.

The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived, and the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has officially decided the finalists of the 2012 edition of the NAHA, those who have made their mark in trendsetting and style through pure creativity and hard work.NAHA participants are given in 13 distinct categories, including Avant Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist, Haircolor, Master Hairstylist, Texture, Salon Design, Salon Team, Student Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Salon MBA for salon owners, and all new for 2012, Newcomer Stylist of the Year. The highest honor is the coveted award for Hairstylist of the Year. 

The next step is to save the date for Sunday, July 22, when the 2012 NAHA Award’s Ceremony will be open to the general public at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, offering much more than mere presentations. Creative and artistic presentations by Aveda, Cloud Nine, P&G and 2011 Hairstylist of the Year winner, Eli Mancha will also be featured. And this year, popular TV personality, E! Network’s Giuliana Rancic, will be the host and recipient of the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award. And for those unable to attend, the ceremony will also be broadcast live, via streaming video, at hairdesignertv.com. 

This years jury included Vivienne Mackinder, 5-time NAHA winner, founder of HairDesignerTV.com, and editor-in-chief of MOD magazine;Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover; Nicholas French, renowned UK stylist, author, and speaker; Damien Carney, prominent beauty industry educator, founder of hairstyling academy Damien Carney London, and NAHA finalist, as well as many more top hairstylists from around the world!

To get all the visuals or for more info about the NAHA Awards Ceremony, visit www.probeauty.org/naha.

NAHA 2012 Finalists
Avant Garde                                
Chrystofer Benson – Salon Tantrun – South Weber, UT                          
Nicholas French – N/A – West Hampton, NY                   
Jose Macias & Julian Navarro – Leonel Alta Peluqueria – Chihuahua, Mexico            
Jake Thompson – Lunatic Fringe  – Salt Lake City, UT
Chris Vandehey – Style of Second – Portland, OR  
Contemporary Classic                    
Daniel Holzberger – Van Michael Salons – Atlanta, GA
Sal Misseri – Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa – Mentor, OH  
Rusty Phillips – Belle Epoque An Atelier Salon – Kansas City, MO   
Nick Stenson – JCPenny – New York, NY  
Dimitrios Tsioumas – Mizu New York – New York, NY
Editorial Stylist                           
Neeko Abriol – Salon Sessions Studio – Pasadena, CA
Michael Albor – The Loft Salon by Michael Albor  – Boston, MA
Steve Elias – www.steveelias.com – San Francisco, CA
Vivienne Mackinder – N/A – Riverhead, NY
Charlie Price – Antoine du Chez – Denver, CO     
Chad Demchuk – Salon 7 – Drexel Hill, PA
Sue Pemberton – N/A – Henderson, NV
Jacqueline Sanchez – Salon Gregories – Newport Beach, CA  
Nick Stenson – JCPenny – New York, NY   
Dimitrios Tsioumas – Mizu New York – New York, NY
Hairstylist of the Year                 
Liz Nevin – Liz Nevin Hairstyling – Austin, TX   
Alain Pereque – Salon Pure – Montreal, QC, Canada     
DJ Riggs – MAINENTRANCE Artists – New York, NY    
Allen Ruiz – Jackson Ruiz Salon – Austin, TX
Dimitrios Tsioumas – Mizu New York – New York, NY      
Master Hairstylist                           
Eric Fisher – N/A – Wichita, KS
Edwin Johnston – Cutting Room Creative  – Nanaimo, BC, Canada  
Anna Pacitto – Salon Pure – Montreal, OC, Canada   
Tony Ricci – Ricci Hair Co. – Edmonton, AB, Canada    
Dusty Simington – Salon Gregories – Huntington Beach, CA
Valeria Amirova – Salon Pure – Montreal, QC, Canada
Jasmine Gibbs – The Cutting Edge – Brooklyn, NY
Nick Hemsley – Lunatic Fringe – Salt Lake City, UT
Ray Hornback – Studio Be Salon – Fort Collins, CO   
Sal Misseri – Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa – Mentor, OH
Student Hairstylist                          
Nicole Higgens – Aveda Institute Denver – Denver, CO   
Cameron Jones – Aveda Fredric’s Institute  – Indianapolis, IN
Cassandra Monteyro – Aveda Fredric’s Institute – West Chester, OH
Quinn Sorensen – Taylor Andrews Academy – West Jordan, UT    
Alisha Sutch – Eric Fisher Academy – Wichita, KS     
Salon Team  
MAINENTRANCE Artists – New York, NY  
A Michael Levine Salon Group – Vancouver, BC, Canada    
HAUS Salon – Minneapolis, MN
Lunatic Fringe Salon – Salt Lake City, UT    
Salon Keiji – Salt Lake CIty, UT   
Salon Design
Square Colour Salon + Spa – Las Vegas, NV  
Headlines The Salon – Encinitas, CA
Studio So Lara – Kitchener, ON, Canada
Ginger Bay Salon & Spa – Town & Country, MO
Bespoke Hair Artisans – Edina, MN
Amy Freudenberg – Maka Beauty Systems – Chandler, AZ
Jasmine Gibbs – The Cutting Edge – Brooklyn, NY
Jose Macias & Julian Navarro – Leonel Alta Peluqueria – Chihuahua, Mexico
Liz Nevin – Liz Nevin Hairstyling – Austin, TX
Richie Roman – R Rated Hair – Long Beach, CA

Salon MBA
Gretchen Brown & Tina Morschauser – Rejuvenation Spa – Madison, WI   
Kari Davis, Karla Lopez-Martinez & Carol Davis – Gila Rut Salons – San Diego, CA Bryan Nunes – Blo – Raleigh, NC  
Kendall Ong & Beate Assmuth-Ong – Mane Attraction Salon- Phoenix, AZ  
Bruce Peters – Zazou Salon & Spa – North Vancouver, BC, Canada    
Ericka Brannon – Salon Gregories – Long Beach, CA
Clarissa Luna – Liz Nevin Hairstyling – Austin, TX    
David Maderich – N/A – New York, NY     
Jeanne San Diego – R Rated Hair – Upland, CA    
Sevan Tatoulian – Pure – Montreal, OC, Canada  



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