Despite the title, this post is actual nail-related! Let me tell you how :D
The North American Hairstyling Awards (or NAHA for short), founded by the Professional Beauty Association, is the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America. Each year, individuals are recognized in various categories for their outstanding skill and artistry in the professional salon industry - it's a big deal and adds prestige to a stylist's name and portfolio.
So what does this have to do with nails??
Well, this year, there is a new category - Nail Professional of the Year!
This new category celebrates artistry and creativity of nail professionals. NailPro Magazine, OPI, and CND all had their hands in helping to create it, too! Like the award for the Hairstylist category, this award is the most prestigious recognition a nail pro can attain. The artists that enter the competition should be well-versed in a variety of skills, like embellishments, nail art, and salon style/type of nails, demonstrating the excellence and artistry of the industry.
Now we come to the whole reason I am even writing about this - entering the competition!! No, I will not be entering - I am not well-versed in anything, I am just very good at painting tiny pictures with a tiny paint brush :P But if this sounds like your kind of deal, then you should enter in this amazing new category!!!
Here's the skinny on all the requirements for entry:
*Applications will only be accepted online
*Payment for PBA members is $45 for professionals and $35 for students; for non PBA members it is $90 for pros and $70 for students
*Must submit application, fees, and images through the official NAHA website Here.
*Entry is open to makeup artists, licensed cosmetologists, barbers, nail professionals, and cosmetology students attending school in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
*Entrants for the nail category must be certified nail technicians and do not need a hairstylist to nominate or enter the category.
The deadline for entries is February 19th of 2015. The NAHA event will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada (City of Lights, baby!) on July 12th of 2015. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of - do it!!!
That website again for entry is here: North American Hairstyling Awards
I think it's awesome that nail art/design is getting more and more popular - from magazines to TV shows, and now to professional competitions! It's an art form that hadn't gotten much credit until recently, which is a shame - there are some absolutely amazing and brilliant nail artists out there that should be recognized for their awesome talent! And now, they have that opportunity!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, recovering from food comas and shopping sprees :D See you soon <3
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