Matt Swinney, L’ANZA Healing Haircare Global Creative Director, has won the prestigious Hairstylist of the Year category of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), the hair industry’s most coveted award. L’ANZA products were used exclusively to create Swinney’s winning looks.
The Minneapolis-based stylist and salon owner (Evolution Salon), was presented the award at the star-studded Professional Beauty Association Awards ceremony hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming, at Cosmoprof USA at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend.
The highly competitive NAHA Awards are “the biggest night of the year in hairdressing” and considered the Oscars of Hairdressing. They are attended annually by movers and shakers in the professional hair industry, heads of all major brands, press, and hairstylists from all over the nation.
“It is very gratifying to receive the NAHA Hairstylist of the Year Award,” said Swinney. “My team and I strive to create hair designs and envision collections that challenge us as artists, with the hope of inspiring others as well. Innovation, free flow of ideas and technical agility are all elements contributing to our personal satisfaction as stylists. They allow us to bring a new kind of mindful creation that translates to the salon level, every day with each client. It is satisfying that our efforts have been lauded by NAHA. I also extend my thanks to L’ANZA Healing Haircare and especially CEO David Berglass for creating the cutting-edge products and open perspective to make it all possible.”
Matt has been highlighted as a Beauty Genius by Elle, and is a past NAHA winner, having taken home the trophy at the 2013 NAHA Awards in the Avant-Garde category. A three-time NAHA nominee, his work has also been featured in popular beauty industry trade publications such as American Salon, Modern Salon, and Canadian Hairdresser.
As a director of the L’ANZA Creative Team, Matt travels the United States, Europe, and South America, teaching and motivating stylists with his inspired cutting and coloring techniques. At home in Minneapolis, Matt co-owns Evolution Hair Studio – the world’s first L’ANZA Healing Center (2836 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis). Whether instructing a class or working on client from behind the chair, Matt’s core philosophy remains the same: Help everyone you touch reach their highest potential, while striving to reach your own.
About: L’ANZA is the international leader and pioneer in luxury hair care and color products designed to heal damage and restore hair from the inside out. One of the fastest-growing full-service independent professional hair care brands in the industry, it is now available in over 40 countries.
Salon-exclusive, cutting-edge L’ANZA products feature proprietary formulas based on a revolutionary breakthrough – the Keratin Healing System – as well as their exclusive Flower Shield Complex, which contains potent the same anti-fade protectors that flowers use for their own color protection. All L’ANZA shampoos, conditioners, treatments and progressive styling products incorporate this healing technology.
L’ANZA includes luxurious salon professional hair color used by stylists, Healing Color, considered “the best of the best,” by leading salon, editorial and celebrity stylists and are uniquely formulated to create beautiful, natural-looking color that heal and repair hair during the color process. L’ANZA also includes home maintenance products for clients to give longer-lasting color and beautiful mirror-reflective shine.
At the core of this progressive and visionary company is their green commitment for a healthy and sustainable Earth. L’ANZA uses recyclable materials as well as organic and wild-crafted botanicals, and does no animal testing. Products are gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free, and L’ANZA is the only brand to include Triple UV Protection in their products to guard against UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
Currently, L'ANZA is used and sold in salons in over 40 countries worldwide. www.LANZA.com