A Great Hair Day: Aveda Network Artists Win Top Honors at NAHA 20

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Two Aveda Network artists receive international awards

Honoring the Work. Stories. Style!

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The Professional Beauty Association announced winners of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) at a ceremony on Sunday, July 19th, held at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. NAHA celebrated its twentieth year as the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, with an evening themed: "Honoring the Work. Stories. Style!" Industry legends Vivienne Mackinder, who received the NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Geno Stampora, who was inducted into the NAHA Hall of Leaders, were both honored. The Aveda network--including stylists, makeup artists, and salon owners--made a strong showing; 14 finalists were nominated in 9 out of 12 possible categories, including Hairstylist of the Year, Salon Design, and Student Hairstylist of the Year. Two Aveda network finalists took top honors in the Editorial Stylist and Makeup categories at Sunday night's awards.

Aveda is proud to congratulate Janell Geason, Aveda Guest Artist and Master Makeup Artist for Juut Salon/Spa in St. Paul, Minnesota, on her second consecutive Makeup Artist of the Year Award. Daniel Holzberger, Creative Director for Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida, was named Editorial Stylist of the Year.

"We are absolutely thrilled for all the NAHA nominees from the Aveda network, and offer our most heartfelt congratulations to Daniel and Janell," said Antoinette Beenders. "Their discipline and creative vision are a tribute to the craft of hairdressing."

"Young stylists are the future of the Aveda brand and the beauty industry," said Emmanuel Rey, General Manager of North American Sales of Aveda. "Aveda is grateful that the Professional Beauty Association has provided a forum for twenty years--through NAHA--in which their work may be recognized. We are proud and delighted to have such a talented pool of artists from the Aveda network recognized each year."

The Professional Beauty Association is made up of salons, spas, distributors, and manufacturers dedicated to improving their individual businesses and the industry as a whole. Led by industry volunteers, the association offers: business tools, education, government advocacy, networking, and more. Visit http://www.probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 to learn more.

About Aveda
Aveda™, The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences™, was founded in 1978 with the goal of providing beauty industry professionals with high performance, botanically based products that would be better for service providers and their guests, as well as for the planet. Aveda manufactures professional plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup, Pure-Fume™ and lifestyle products. Headquartered in Blaine, Minnesota, Aveda is available in Aveda stores, on http://www.aveda.com, and in nearly 7,000 professional hair salons and spas in 29 countries worldwide.

Aveda's numerous corporate and social responsibility associations include CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), Coop-America/Green Business Network, SVN (Social Venture Network), BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), Environmental Grant Makers, American Botanical Association, Organic Trade Association, National Recycling Coalition, and the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, Aveda is the first beauty company in the world and only the second U.S. company in any industry to receive a Cradle to Cradle (C2C) sustainability endorsement, with seven Aveda products achieving Gold Level C2C certification.

Contact:
Aveda Global Communications
Tina Tuohy (763) 951-4209

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