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The 2012 North American Hairstyling Awards Winners Announced

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)—a prestigious photographic hairstyling competition—showcased brilliant work from some of the best hairdressers in the industry, and after an amazing night, the 2012 winners have been decided. Nearly 3,000 beauty professionals were in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to celebrate the honorees, and without further ado here they are:
Hairstylist of the Year: Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York, New York, NY
Master Stylist of the Year: Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Newcomer Stylist of the Year: Sal Misseri, Ladies & Gentleman Salon & Spa, Chicago, IL
Salon Team of the Year: Lunatic Fringe, Salt Lake City, UT
Editorial Stylist of the Year: Neeko Abriol, Salon Sessions Studio Pasadena, CA
Student Hairstylist of the Year: Cassandra Monteyro, Aveda Fredric's Institute, West Chester, OH
Texture: Jasmine Gibbs, The Cutting Edge, Brooklyn, NY
Avant Garde: Nicholas French, West Hampton, NY
Contemporary Classic: Dimitrios Tsioumas, Mizu New York, New York, NY
Haircolor: Chad Demchuck, Drexel Hill, PA
Make-Up Artist of the Year: Jeanne San Diego, R Rated Hair, Upland, CA
Salon Design: Square Colour, Las Vegas, NV
Salon MBA: Gila Rut Salons, San Diego, CA
People’s Choice Award: Nick Hemsley, Lunatic Fringe Salon, Salt Lake City, UT  
This year marked 23 years of the NAHA Awards Ceremony. The event featured five artistic presentations from, NAHA 2011 Hairstylist of the Year Eli Mancha, artists representing the P&G Salon Professional Brands, Cloud Nine Hair USA and Aveda. A tribute to Vidal Sassoon was also included to honor the work and legacy of the man who did so much to advance the art and profession of hairstyling.  
In addition, Great Clips® presented a $100,000 check and a commitment to PBA’s CUT IT OUT program, which raises awareness through salons, spas, and beauty professionals to end domestic violence.  
Entertainment journalist and host of E! Network’s E! News and Fashion Police Giuliana Rancic was presented with the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award for her work with charitable organizations Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago and the Children's Miracle Networks. Guiliana also hosted the 2012 NAHA Awards Ceremony.    
New for 2013! 
NAHA is introducing a new category for 2013. The “Men’s Hairstylist of the Year” must master current men’s commercial, contemporary and wearable styling trends. This award will honor a stylist who displays the most proficiency in the designs and techniques used in men’s styling and grooming.

NAHA is also changing the nomination rules for the Make-Up Artist of the Year award. For the first time, applicants can submit their own entries without being nominated by a hairstylist. This will open up the category and encourage make-up artists not affiliated with a stylist or salon to showcase their work.  
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