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We are thrilled to partner once again with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to promote all of the talented artists who are finalists for the 2018 NAHAs (North American Hairstyling Awards), the most prestigious hair and beauty award in the country. In this feature, get to know more about this year's Haircolor Finalist – Lori Zabel.

Lori Zabel really understands how haircolor can change a persona. From mood to character, it becomes a defining piece of who you are. As she explores this aspect and draws on a 70s vibe from one of her favorite stores in London. With a love for Avant-Garde and an eye for skill and precision, Lori transforms her subjects into works of art. Follow along to see her beautiful collection and learn more about the inspiration behind her work!

What is your favorite aspect about haircolor?

I love how it can change a person. A change in hair color has the ability to uplift a person emotionally. It can change someone’s self-perception.

What was the inspiration behind this collection? 

70’s Biba – A store in London with a hippie chic, art nouveau vibe was on my radar at the time of this shoot, I’ve always loved the style and color combinations.

What was your biggest challenge?

Originally, I researched a different idea and I threw it out. After weeks of trying to make it work, I began to hate it.  With a bit of frustration, I knew I had to listen to my gut, and go back to step 1 – research. And then, it jumped out at me plain as day – 70’s Biba.

How did you ensure the colors came out as you envisioned?

I did strand tests and made swatches.  I am a firm believer in strand tests!  I often do them while I’m doing something else as to multitask and not waste any time.

Are you predicting any color trends?

I think things are trending toward a personal preference.  Moving away from a trend of all being the same, individuality is in!

Tell us a little more about you, as an artist.

For me, any chance Avant Garde can become wearable is an opportunity for my wheels to turn— think simple techniques with the highest impact. If I am able to complete a look from beginning to end (Cut/Color/Finish and even Makeup), I am totally in my element. When creating big projects, there’s nothing like having the support of friends and other hairdressers to talk things out. A few of us and a bottle of wine on the patio usually get the juices flowing.

How do you Vegas?

When I’m in Vegas, work-wise, it’s sun up to sundown making sure that models and the show run perfectly. If I’m lucky to get an evening break, I seek out inspiration. Shows like Cirque Du Soleil generally provide that.

Salty or sweet?


What did you learn about yourself by creating this collection?

It’s all about trust. Trusting yourself when you make a decision. Trust the process when you’re in it. Follow your decision through right to the end. Stop questioning and just do.


If you won the lotto (or slot machine) tomorrow, what would you do?

I would take the money and send plane tickets to all my friends and family so they could come to visit me! Charity is always a big thing for me too, I am so fortunate and others are so in need.

Looking for inspiration? Be sure check out all the NAHA finalists here.