The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced the finalists for the 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) today. This prestigious photographic competition celebrates the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry.

Hairstylist of the Year Finalists


NAHA Finalists 2011

Carlos Citron 
NAHA Finalists 2011

Charlie Price
NAHA Finalists 2011

Daniel Holzberger



NAHA Finalists 2011

Eli Mancha
NAHA Finalists 2011

Michael Albor


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Categories cover everything from avant-garde styling to recognizing the business savvy nature of salon owners. This year, the beauty industry will come together for the 2011 NAHA Award’s Ceremony on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

NAHAs are given in 13 categories: Hairstylist of the Year, Master Stylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Makeup Artist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon MBA, Student Hairstylist, Salon Team and Texture.

In addition to winning the NAHA, the 2011 Hairstylist of the Year winner will also be flown to New York City for meetings with leading consumer beauty editors and appear on the nationally syndicated lifestyle television program, BETTER.

And the finalists are ...

Avant Garde: Palma Anshilevich, The Hair Spot in Toronto, Ontario; Damien Carney, Joico; Dan Csicsai, Salon Glo in Valencia, California; Kris Sorbie, Redken 5th Ave NYC; Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe in Salt Lake City, Utah
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Avant Garde entry by Palma Anshilevich

Contemporary Classic: Simon Chercuitte, SACO in Montreal, Quebec; Eli Mancha, Lock&Loaded; DJ Riggs, Main Entrance in New York City; Timothy Switzer, Timothy & Co Salon & Spa in Oshawa, Ontario; Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Contemporary Classic finalist Timothy Switzer

Editorial Stylist: Damien Carney, Joico; Amy Freudenberg, MAKA Beauty Systems in Chandler, Arizona; Charlie Price, Antoin du Chez the Spa in Denver; Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York; Marshall Vanierland, Kelly Cardenas in Las Vegas
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Amy Freudenberg's Editorial Stylist entry

Fashion Forward: Michael Albor/Donna Hamilton, The Loft Salon by Michael Albor in Boston; Chrystofer Benson, Salon Tantrum/Matrix in South Weber, Utath; Steve Elias, Elixir Salon & Spa in San Francisco; Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe in Salt Lake City, Utah; Zahir Ziani, Red Door Spas in Stamford, Connecticut
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Fashion Forward entry by Chrystofer Benson

Haircolor: David Adams, redCHOCOLATE; Martin Alarie, Salon Pure; Chrystofer Benson, Salon Tantrum/Matrix; David Munn/Natalie Gurley, Van Michael Salons; Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York
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Haircolor entry from Dimitrios Tsioumas

Hairstylist of the Year: Michael Albor, The Loft Salon by Michael Albor; Carlos Cintron, TIGI - Lewisville, Texas; Daniel Holzberger, Van Michael Salons; Eli Mancha, Lock&Loaded; Charlie Price, Antoindu Chez the Spa
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Hairstylist of the Year entry by Daniel Holzberger

Master Hairstylist: Damien Carney; Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative inNanaimo, British Columbia; Anna Pacitto, Salon Pure in Montreal, Quebec; Dusty Simington; Kris Sorbie, Redken 5th Ave NYC
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Master Hairstylist entry from Damien Carney

Salon Design: Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa in Montclair, New Jersey, Lati & Sara Domi in Austin, Texas; Lunatic Fringe, Rebellations Hair & Beauty in York, Pennsylvania; Salon M Squared in Toronto, Ontario
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Rebellations Hair and Beauty's Salon Design Entry

Student Hairstylist: Caitlin Charles, Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, Kansas; Christine Doerge, Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, Kansas; Bella Hammer, Aveda/Fredric's Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio; Holly Hui, MC College in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Giovanna Simington, Golden West College Cosmetology in Huntington Beach, California
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NAHA Finalists 2011
Student Hairstylist entry by Caitlin Charles

Salon Team: Fresh Hair Studio in Southampton, Pennsylvania: Hair Body & Soul Inc. in Vista, California; Jackson Ruiz Salon in Austin, Texas; JC Salons in Toronto, Ontario; Studio 1452 in Santa Monica, California

NAHA Finalists 2011
Salon Teamfinalist Fresh Hair Studio

Texture: Carlos Cintron, TIGI-Lewisville, Texas; Shirley Gordon, Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, Maryland; Jaymz Marez, Sophisto in Campbell, California; DJ Riggs, Main Entrance in New York; Daniel Roldan, Matrix
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**For the Salon MBA finalists, click here. Make-up Artist of the Year finalists will be announced in mid May 2011.

NAHA will also salute two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Michael O’Rourke, internationally renowned hairstylist, salon owner, educator, and businessman. NAHA 2011 will also induct entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stan Klet Sr., into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.


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