Hairstylist of the Year
Dazzle us with a collection that shows your range and versatility in cutting, styling, editorial or outré hair (or any combination of it all). Anything goes!
Master Hairstylist of the Year
This category is designed for those with 15+ years of experience who have mastered their craft. Attention to detail and difficulty of execution count.
Newcomer of the Year
This category is designed to recognize licensed hair professionals with no more than three years of experience in our industry. Be creative and show us you bring a fresh perspective.
Barber Stylist of the Year
Whether classic or extreme, this category’s collections may use models of any gender. Entrants can be either licensed barbers or cosmetologists. Show us how well your detail work enhances your model’s features as well as compliments their hair texture, density and style. We do caution that any digital retouching of any kind including altering lines, fades, etc., will result in your entry being disqualified.
Avant Garde Hairstylist of the Year
Let your imagination take over and devise your most astonishing designs. Do something arresting, dynamic, innovative, and most importantly, something we have never seen before!
Hair Extensionist of the Year (SE & SW only)
Are you a specialist known for transforming short haircuts into one’s mermaid hair of dreams? Perhaps your guest experiencing hair loss is now seeing a reflection reminiscent of Rapunzel with a glow in her eyes that only compliments her new, full-bodied head of hair. We’re looking for exceptional fittings, wonderful weaves and tape-in transformations completed solely by you from start to finish.
These category will not accept submissions and will be nominated by Hair Awards USA Style Council members.
Independent Educator of the Year (SE & SW only)
Influencer (SE & SW only)
This award will be given to an industry leader, artist and mentor who uses their knowledge to move one’s mind and emotion to encourage confidence in their own creativity and technical ability.
Uncensored Beauty Award (MW only)
For the artist who follows the road less traveled; the one who paves their own path. This artist knows no boundry and is willing to break the rules to tell a story with their art. They make it possible for others to go against the norm. This artist will not be put in a traditional box; they won’t be censored. They are the epitome of Uncensored Beauty. This category will not accept submissions and will be nominated by Hair Awards USA Style Council members.