Best in Show: 'Hairstylist of the Year', Allen Ruiz!

Allen Ruiz takes top honors at North American Hairstyling Awards

We have a special combs-up this week for Allen Ruiz, of Jackson Ruiz Salon for bringing home the North American Hairstyling Awards's Hairstylist of the Year award for the second time. The first was in 2007, and is joined on Ruiz's shelf by a 2011 Salon Team of the Year award.

In addition to being the first Latin-American stylist to take the top honors twice, Ruiz is also now one of three stylists to have pulled off a double win.

Considered the "Academy Awards" of hairdressing, the NAHA are awarded annually in 14 categories and salute technical excellence and artistic expression. Ruiz’s award-winning collection paid homage to 1950s and -60s Americana, and was photographed by Jenny Hands, with make-up by Janell Geason. "My vision for the shoot was ‘It’ girls come undone,” says Ruiz. “Women who are perfectly done-up, but throughout the day gradually unravel, for a raw, almost moody look and feel.” Ruiz's editorial and campaign work has appeared in Vanity Fair, W, Shape, Harper’s Bazaar, and American Salon. Working as a creative consultant for Aveda, Ruiz currently serves as the company’s global style director for North America. Ruiz has also lent development insights and expertise to brands like Avon. Here are some of Ruiz' undone, "It" girls:

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