Award Categories

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.

Hair Colorist of the Year

From classic to over the top, express yourself, show off and submit the absolute best of what you do. Difficulty, taste and execution are key! Be ambitious! Remember, NO synthetic hair of any kind is allowed in this category. Human hair wigs, hairpieces, and extensions ARE allowed.

Textured Hairstylist of the Year

Entries in this category must reflect skills used on multiple hair textures showcasing a professional ability to either alter or embrace a variety of textures of hair. This category will be judged by a panel of industry professionals known for their expertise in this area!

Artistic Team of the Year

Are you part of a group of professionals from a variety of workplaces that collaborate to create collections or maybe you are an Artistic Team from a single salon?  Jump in here and show us what beautiful minds with boundless creativity do when they work together!

Makeup Artist of the Year

A look is never complete without makeup, so we have an award for that too!  Whether it’s glamorous, eccentric, transformational, or classic, makeup can enhance or completely change the look of the person wearing it.  Show us what you do with your brushes, powders and creams!

Future Hairstylist of the Year

This category will not accept submissions but will be nominated by Directors of accredited, licensed learning institutions offering industry training necessary for professional licensing. Finalists will be chosen by members of the Hair Awards USA Style Council.  Finalists will be required to produce a short video displaying their passion, creativity and individual style. You’re our future!

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)

Lifetime Achievement

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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.