At the 2014 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the leading photographic hairstyling and beauty competition in North America, Aveda artists represented with Aveda stylist Chris Rushton bringing home the award for Newcomer Stylist of the Year. The Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, an Aveda Concept Salon, also won Salon Team of the Year award.
A stylist at Aveda Lifestyle Salon Logan in Washington D.C., Chris was overjoyed with receiving his award, “This whole experience has been incredible and I am truly honored for this win. I always believe that fortune favors the brave and to succeed you must put in the work and I did that with this collection. I pushed myself so hard and took a huge risk and it paid off.”
With excellence in education a priority at Aveda, Chris is a clear example of Aveda’s commitment to nurturing new talent through first-class education. Rushton graduated from Aveda Institute in Washington, D.C. He added, “I’m so grateful I went to an Aveda Institute right from the beginning of my career because it was so right for me, truly growing me from my roots as an artist and dedicated worker. Aveda not only cares about the world we live in, but for all of their stylists as well, it is truly a loving and loyal family.”
Aveda Concept Salon Van Michael Salon of Atlanta, Georgia won the Salon Team of the Year award. Just prior to their win, the team presented a nine-model runway show titled Gothloli that combined the style of Japanese anime and the film, Lolita. Looks seen on the models included short textured looks, geometric shapes and hair pieces with bold shaved segments. The Van Michael Salon team also included a specially created anime cartoon of all the model looks that played in tandem with the presentation.