PBA to Open the Entry Process for the 2015 North American Hairstyling Awards

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), owner, operator and manager of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), will begin accepting applications for NAHA 2015 on Monday, November 3, 2014. For the first time, applications will only be accepted online - entrants must submit their application, payment and images through the official NAHA website. Entry is open to makeup artists, licensed cosmetologists, barbers, nail professionals and cosmetology students attending school in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Students may only enter the Student Hairstylist of the Year category if they are enrolled in cosmetology school or are performing required hours in a salon as of the entry due date. The cost of entering varies for PBA members and non-members. PBA members receive a 50 percent discount (PBA member: $45 for professionals and $35 for students; Non-member: $90 for professionals and $70 for students). All entries must be submitted online by 11:00 p.m. EST (8:00 p.m. PST) February 19, 2015.

NAHA entrants should also pay attention to the updated rules and regulations for 2015, which include more defined guidelines for using photo manipulation, requirements for entering as a team and rules for photographers. NAHA 2015 entry forms were also updated to capture more detailed information from entrants.

New for 2015: NAHA introduces the Nail Professional of the Year category. Created with participation from NailPro Magazine, OPI and CND, the Nail Professional of the Year award is the most prestigious recognition a nail professional can attain. Entrants should show a multitude of skills, such as embellishments, nail art and salon nails, demonstrating the excellence and artistry of the nail industry. Entrants must be a certified nail technician and do not need a hairstylist to nominate or enter the category.

The Salon MBA category is not available for entry in 2015 but is being revisited by PBA to assess the category and its guidelines in the future.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event hosted by Cosmoprof North America. NAHA is held on July 12, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV. For information, visit www.probeauty.org/naha.