COSMOPROF 2017 94 NAILPRO OCTOBER 2017 LUCKY HAND The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) named San Jose, Californiabased tech Rochelle Dingman as the Nail Professional of the Year at the 2017 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHAs). "Being named the NAHA Nail Professional of the Year is such a huge honor," says Dingman. "I'm so grateful to have been chosen for this prestigious award and to be recognized along with the best nail artists in the industry." Held on July 9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during PBA Beauty Week, the award show recognized the top talent in the hair, nail and makeup categories. Techs interested in competing for the Nail Professional of the Year award were required to submit photos that demonstrate their skills in three categories: embellishments, nail art and salon-inspired nails. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PBA The big news and product debuts from Cosmoprof North America, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in July in Las Vegas.