This is my second year to enter NAHA. This is my experience.
What is NAHA? The North American Hairstyling Awards is one of the most prestigious hair photography competitions. There are 14 categories including Avant Garde, Make-up Artist of the year, Student, Texture etc… This annual contest has been going on since 1993. Pictured below are a couple of hairstylists that are very aspirational to me. Local Stylist, Allen Ruiz, won Best hairstylist of the year of 2013. His salon, Jackson Ruiz, is right down the street from mine. Also, Matt Swinney, has won in the past. I look up to him as well because he is the Artistic Director for L’ANZA haircare. The award show is held in Vegas in July where they will announce the winners. The submissions were due in early February and preparation began several months ahead of time.
My 2014 Avant Garde Entry
A Few Examples of the actual NAHA Finalists…
It is a dream of mine to win this contest one day. I am yet to be a finalist but I plan on entering every year until I do. I could not have done this without the support of my salon. Bella has provided a roof over my head, food budgets, opened early and stayed open late. My colleagues have helped me develop ideas, done makeup for my models, and lifted me up during the hard times. Much love to my friends at Bella! Here are some behind the scenes footage of the making of the hair pieces, the run throughs and the final photo shoots. The materials used were a lot of $3.99 bags of synthetic hair from a local wig shop, fabric stiffener, Super Quick Grip Spray Adhesive, and jewelry wire. The tools I used were an iron and ironing board, parchment paper, exact-o knives, cutting boards, and graph paper. The inspiration was laser cut outs, like the ones in leather skirts. The day of the shoot, I styled the models’ hair normally and then attached the hair pieces with hair pins.
Special thanks to:
Models Bethany Bond, Lexi Solon, and Leo Salvador
Photographer Steve Wampler http://www.stevewamplerphotography.com
Make up artist Gracie Silvas http://www.beautylovegrace.com
This was my 2013 submission in the Avant grade Category. This photo was recognized by Oribe and published in Modern Salon Magazine in December of 2013. Not bad for my first year entering. Even when you don’t win you get to add to your portfolio and someone just might notice!