5 Questions with NAHA-Nominated Salon Owner Bennie Pollard

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) honor the professional salon industry’s top talent each year during the Cosmoprof North America show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In anticipation of this year’s event, we talk to the nominees who share their inspiration, excitement, and advice.

As any successful salon owner will tell you, design is key to a successful salon or school. To be nominated, the design of the salon or school reflects its vision, culture and philosophy through ambiance, design, architecture and décor. Bennie Pollard, owner of NOVA Salon in Louisville, Kentucky, shares his thoughts on the nomination.

What inspired you to enter NAHA?

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I have been entering NAHA since the late ’90s; I’m a six-time finalist and two-time winner! And when I saw that we could enter our salon I thought it was an exceptional opportunity. 


What was your reaction when you heard your salon was a nominee?


I was very excited! A lot of thought and hard work was involved in designing the interior finishes—a true labor of love. Within 24 hours of hearing the news, almost the entire salon team had purchased tickets to Vegas in July! What advice do you have for others who are thinking of entering NAHA? Go for it! Go for it! Go for it! 


How would you describe your salon?


The design is clean and modern, with a wink and a nod to mid-century design. What is the most unique feature about your salon? Three 125-year-old residential houses are uniquely combined to create the salon’s creative space. 

What is the most unique feature about your salon?

Three 125-year-old residential houses are uniquely combined to create the salon’s creative space. 

About: The Professional Beauty Association is the largest and most inclusive trade organization representing the entire beauty industry. PBA exists to elevate, unify and serve the beauty industry and the professionals who improve people’s lives.

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