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Last updated: July 10, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: 2017 NAHA Winners Announced!

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The 2017 NAHA winners were just announced at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas! Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sam Villa moved the audience to tears during his acceptance speech; Avant Garde winner Chelsea James set a new standard for acceptance speeches (in the form of a poem); and Mio Sota took home the biggest award of the night—Hairstylist of the Year. See all the winners below! 


Gorgeous artistic presentations by Aveda, MIZANI, Moroccanoil®, Living Proof and 2016 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year and L’ANZA Healing Haircare Global Creative Director Matt Swinney were a highlight of the show, hosted by Eden Sassoon



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And the winners are


Hairstylist of the Year

Mio Soto

Trio Salon—Chicago, IL


Master Hairstylist of the Year

Damien Carney

New York


Avant Garde

Chelsea James

Forma Collective—Englewood, Colo. 


Editorial Stylist of the Year

Heggy Gonzalez

Aveda Institute Pro—Orem, Utah



Matt Swinney

Evolution—Minneapolis, Minn.



Anica Iordache

ModMop—Ottawa, ON



Men’s Hairstylist of the Year

Whitney VerMeer

The Aesthetic X Whitney VerMeer—Minneapolis, Minn.


Styling & Finishing

Diana Skrabanek

Ruiz Salon—Austin, Texas



Julie Kocanyar

Reverie Salon—Chicago, IL



Student Hairstylist of the Year

Aisling Campbell

Aveda Institute Tucson—Tucson, Ariz. 


Newcomer Stylist of the Year

Junryl Molina

Patrick Evan Salon—San Francisco, Calif.


Salon Team of the Year

Evolution—Minneapolis, Minn.



Nail Professional of the Year

Rochelle Dingman

Shear Fashion Salon—San Jose, Calif.


Makeup Artist of the Year

Florencia Taylor

Florencia Taylor Makeup—London, ON


Salon/School Design of the Year

Broome Street Society—New York



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