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Recap: The North American Hairstyling Awards 2016

Lauren Quick | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 PM
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Redken opened the show with an impressive array of models representing different elements of New York City.
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MODERN’s Maggie Mulhern and Alison Alhamed present the Editorial award.
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The many hairstyles of Alan Cumming: Kylie Jenner, is that you? Host Cumming kept the audience laughing by appearing with a different ’do for each stage appearance. Styled by Keune’s Shannon King.
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Aveda’s Cheeky Strut presentation focused on dramatic shapes, whimsy and pops of color in makeup and fashion.
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Royal beauty from Kevin Hughes and the Moroccanoil team.
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The Beauty Underground showed a slew of edgy cuts and color—including two models with hair down to their ankles.
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The North American Hairstyling Awards united the industry in a celebration of top talent and artistry.

The Event 
The Professional Beauty Association’s 2016 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) ceremony, hosted by actor Alan Cumming, was held July 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.


The Details
The event opened with a red-carpet reception followed by the awards ceremony, and the night capped off with an after party.


MODERN Editors Alison Alhamed and Maggie Mulhern hosted a bustling red carpet before the ceremony and interviewed finalists, host Cumming and some of the industry’s biggest names. Finalists showed off their printed collections for the camera and talked about their inspiration and process (you can see the whole segment on MODERN’s Facebook page).



Alhamed and Mulhern were honored with presenting the award for Editorial to Paul Mitchell’s Lucie Doughty, whose work graced the MODERN May 2016 cover.


Redken kicked off the presentations with a high-energy nod to New York with seemingly never-ending models.


Moroccanoil wowed with a 12-model lineup that balanced elegance and avant garde—models were adorned with crowns, preserved butterflies and elaborate gowns.


And Aveda’s colorful showing was lighthearted and joyful; Antoinette Beenders and team created shapes with style instead of cut.


We’d be remiss not to mention Cumming’s top-notch hosting—his light-hearted banter and ever-changing hairstyles throughout the show kept the audience laughing and energy up.



The Winners


Hairstylist of the Year:

Matt Swinney

Avant Garde:

Edward Woody


Contemporary Classic:

Dilek Onur-Taylor



Lucie Doughty



Chrystofer Benson


Makeup Artist of the Year:

Isidro Valencia


Master Hairstylist of the Year:

Ammon Carver


Men's Hairstylist of the Year:

Nicole Higgins


Nail Professional:

Cassandra Clark


Newcomer Stylist of the Year:

Evan Erickson


People's Choice:

Matthew Tyldesley


Salon Design:

Michael & Michael


Salon Team:

Ammon Carver Studio


Student Hairstylist of the Year:

Jesse Ervin



Michelle O'Connor


Save the Date
NAHA 2017 will be July 9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.


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