Professional Beauty Association's News Blog Industry News From PBA Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:39:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Own Your Own Collection of NAHA Images Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:38:38 +0000 2014 marks the North American Hairstyling Awards’ 25th anniversary. Since its humble beginnings in 1989, NAHA finalists and industry elite have brought this iconic photographic beauty competition to new heights year after year. NAHA continues to recognize the beauty industry’s most talented artists and advance the careers of stylists around the world.

To help celebrate the past 25 years of this prestigious event, the Professional Beauty Association created a NAHA Look Book featuring images from the industry’s most talented artists from the past 25 years! This

142 page book highlights the changes in our industry and the advancement of this award show since 1989.


$7.99 (digital)

$39.99 (print)

Own your own digital or print version today!

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An Insider’s Guide to NAHA – A 3 Part Web Event Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:55:18 +0000 Join the Professional Beauty Association and Hollywood’s favorite hairstylist, Michael Shaun Corby for a free, 3-part web series to introduce NAHA to emerging stylists and first-time entrants.

Known fondly as “the Oscars of hair,” the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is the prestigious photographic hairstyling competition in the U.S. and is renowned internationally. Placing as a NAHA finalist can forever change your career. In fact, just entering NAHA can reignite your passion for the industry, enhance your technical skills, and help you create lasting professional relationships.

“An Insider’s Guide to NAHA” will feature 3 separate online sessions beginning July 28th. Each session will feature esteemed panelists from the all parts of the industry.

Part 1: Why NAHA?

Monday, July 28

1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern


Learn the benefits of entering NAHA and listen as our panelists discuss everything from the rich history of NAHA, the opportunities that emerge from a NAHA win and NAHA’s exciting future!



Michael Shaun Corby and Mary Brunetti


Register Now!


Part 2: Judges Review

Monday, August 18

1:00pm – 2:15pm Eastern


Hear from an esteemed panel of NAHA judges as they fondly discuss categories they are familiar with, offer insight into category selection and share their favorite images from past NAHAs.


Featuring: Michael Shaun Corby, Mary Brunetti, Kris Sorbie and Sam Brocato


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Part 3: Before, During & After

Monday, September 8

1:00pm – 2:15pm Eastern


Hear from a panel of NAHA winners as they guide you through the “before,” “during” and “after” of your NAHA photo shoot.


Featuring: Michael Shaun Corby, Sherri Jessee, Damien Carney and Charlie Price


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Attend any session for a chance to win one of our giveaways! Prizes include a free NAHA entry, free NAHA VIP tickets and limited mentorship opportunities with select panelists! Attend all three sessions for a chance to win a NAHA t-shirt signed by the 2014 NAHA winners! Mentorship winners have the chance to exchange 2 emails and have one 15 minute phone call with one of the web event panelists. Emails and phone call to be used to discuss NAHA 2015 entry for advice and guidance.

Visit to learn more and to sign up for the series.

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Deregulation Receives National Attention – An Open Letter to the Industry Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:45:47 +0000 Open Letter to the Professional Beauty Industry,Recently, former House Majority Leader, Congressman Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) views regarding occupational licensing were included in The Hill article titled “GOP leader takes on beauty salon licenses.” In this article Congressman Cantor and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) President Arthur Brooks, describe the critical barriers licensing places upon an individual’s right to work.

“It can take more than 10 times as long for someone to acquire a cosmetology license as opposed to a license to become a medical technician.” Further, at a panel discussion at a conservative American Enterprise Institute conference, Cantor said that he would reach out to governors around the country to reform the licensing system.

The article continues to include comments from Arthur Brooks as he compares the 1,500 hours that are required for a cosmetology license in DC to the 135 hours required for a real estate license. Cantor also mentions, “…the problem was that the federal government continues to subsidize the training programs that rely on steep licensing requirements for a profit.”

I share these points with you as an example of how our industry is viewed not only by state legislatures where licensing laws are maintained, but at the federal government level as well. The industry is very aware of attempts by states to deregulate cosmetology licensing over the past few years, while time and time again professionals defend their industry and their license. These views are not only being driven by groups like AEI, but by other well-funded and well organized activist groups and think tanks such as the Institute for Justice, and the Goldwater Institute just to name a few.

Over the last several years, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and other local groups have worked tirelessly with licensees, state legislators and regulators to address this very serious issue.  However, common factors for the reasons behind deregulation efforts continue to be present; these factors include the inconsistent number of cosmetology hours required to obtain a cosmetology license in one state versus another, excessive education hours overall, inconsistent treatment of license types, and lack of license reciprocity among others.

In addition, activist groups and elected officials feel there is layer upon layer of regulations and hours within the cosmetology industry that are burdensome, unnecessary, indefensible, and simply do not make sense. For these reasons, elected officials are being encouraged by organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute to remove or reform occupational licensing. In this particular situation, PBA is communicating with the former Majority Leader’s office and AEI to provide information and be part of this discussion.

In the long run, the vast disparity among state licensing requirements will leave our industry vulnerable to legislative attacks and the risk of deregulation. To begin to address a long term solution to this threat, PBA has organized a professional beauty industry working group with representation from key associations and sectors of our industry, including schools, independent salon owners, multi-unit salon owners, state cosmetology boards and other stakeholders. We are crafting a united message of reform by creating a documented and well researched reform platform for our industry to broadly endorse. The platform will address issues like common education hours for scope of practice, license mobility, health and safety, infection control, national testing, continuing education and other standardized licensing criteria.

The need for uniformity across the U.S. can no longer wait. If we do not make common sense practical decisions to unify and reform our licensing structure, then these decisions will be made for us by those outside of our industry looking to remove occupational licensing altogether.  No longer can we sit by without the research, data and documentation to support the licensing rationale in our industry.


Steve SleeperExecutive Director

Professional Beauty Association

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Helps Salons Rebuild in Nebraska Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:59:26 +0000 Twin tornadoes recently tore through a Nebraska town wiping out homes and the town’s business district, which contained salons and spas.

Help fellow members of your industry rebuild after the destruction.

By donating to PBA’s Disaster Relief Fund, 100% of your donation will help members of the professional beauty industry get their lives back on track after a natural disaster like this one in Nebraska. You can make a difference.

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The Professional Beauty Association urges all beauty professionals to make a tax-deductible donation to the PBA Disaster Relief Fund  a unique effort that provides 100% of all funds raised directly to professional beauty industry professionals in need. The Fund was established in 1955 to assist salons in rebuilding following the devastation of natural disaster. Over the course of five decades, the fund has been there for professionals in times of dire need.

Help those in need by making a donation today

Were you or someone you know affected? Visit us online to fill out an application and apply for aid.

The PBA Disaster Relief Fund was established by the National Cosmetology Association in 1955 to assist salons in rebuilding following the devastation of a natural disaster. Over the course of five decades, the fund has been there for professionals in times of dire need.

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PBA CONGRATULATES HARLAN KIRSCHNER: CITY OF HOPE’S 2014 SPIRIT OF LIFE AWARD HONOREE Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:34:33 +0000 Each year, City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry (NPSI) honors a beauty industry leader for his or her outstanding professional and philanthropic contributions with the Spirit of Life® Award. This year’s Honoree is Harlan Kirschner, CEO of the Kirschner Group.

The Kirschner Group, Inc has achieved worldwide success in the beauty industry. With over 30 years of experience, Harlan Kirschner  has led the way and helped the company evolve into the thriving, and now international, professional sales organization it is today. In 1979, Harlan began his career in the beauty industry working for a sales distributor. Having learned the ins and outs of the beauty business, as well as management and operations, Harlan soon set out conceptualize and eventually create his own company, The Kirschner Group, Inc. Since 1999, the Kirschner group successfully expanded throughout the U.S., and in 2004 acquired global reach when it began servicing Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Harlan Kirschner and the Kirschner Group have gone on to become the most successful rep group in the industry.

Harlan Kirschner is currently a board of director member for the Professional Beauty Association, chairman of the Manufacturer Leadership Council and has been treasurer for the Western Buying Conference for the last 16 years. His passion, dedication, and love for the beauty industry have made him a perfect candidate in receiving this highly esteemed award.

City of Hope will honor Harlan Kirschner with the Spirit of Life® Award on July 12, 2014, at PBA Beauty Week / Cosmoprof North America. Join City of Hope in “Celebrating Cures” as the beauty industry unites to celebrate the hope of a cure and help millions of families around the world who are facing cancer.

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Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is produced by North American Beauty Events LLC (NABE). NABE is a joint venture between the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and BolognaFiere. For more information, to reserve a seat, or make a donation,visit

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Check out PBA Hairstyling Competitions at Premiere Orlando Tue, 27 May 2014 21:25:35 +0000 Students and professionals will compete June 1st and June 2nd at Premiere Orlando 2014. The competitions feature a variety of hairstyling techniques including progressive trend, cut and color, long hair bridal and new for 2014, Avant Garde by NAHA.

NAHA quality work will be displayed during this new competition category and will be judged utilizing the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) judging. This group will feature visionary work in expressive, cutting-edge hair.

Scores will be displayed online at

After the competition, join us at the annual Hairbrained MeetUp on June 1st! This mixer will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Rocks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency (formerly Peabody). These “HB MeetUps” are informal gatherings of the beauty community including supporters and educators and provides a great opportunity to network with other taste makers and influencers in the industry.


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I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed. Interview Series: Susan Petzke Fri, 23 May 2014 20:27:43 +0000 This month’s I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed. Interview series focuses on the state of Wisconsin and 25 year beauty industry veteran and salon owner, Susan Petzke. As an experienced business owner and industry member, Susan recognizes the importance of keeping the industry regulated.


 Why is it important to be licensed as a professional?

Being licensed as a professional is proof that we are educated; not only in the art of Cosmetology but in proper sanitation procedures governed by our states to help ensure the safety of our clients and ourselves. We also are licensed to “touch” people. I certainly wouldn’t want just anyone touching my hair, face or nails without any safety training. If everyone could do what we do without laws and regulations, it would no longer be a career, but just a job.

What would the industry look like if licenses were taken away?

That’s a frightening thought! First of all, there would be no need for schooling. Secondly, anyone could buy the chemicals that we use without any knowledge about what they are or how to use them, which would be dangerous; it would be a disaster! Thirdly, it takes away from the professionalism of what we do. We would no longer be “pros” and I feel that we would have to reduce our prices (that are already too low) to compete with the people doing our job in their kitchens.

Why do you think it’s important for your clients to know you are licensed (and proud to be)?

It’s important for clients to know that I am educated (and proud for 25 years now) in doing the services requested and have followed the law on safety procedures so they can be assured that they are good hands. I stand behind my work, firmly. I offer professionalism with a guarantee.

What is your favorite thing about working in the beauty industry?

Besides making a client feel beautiful, special, and appreciated, it’s working beside other like-minded professionals whom I love dearly. I love being in a busy, buzzing, exciting salon atmosphere where everyone is smiling and enjoying each other even though no one can hear over the sound of many blow dryers going at once! I truly never tire of it. The mere thought of it now is making me smile.

For more information on the I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed Movement, please visit If you’re an existing movement member and you’d like your story featured in the PBA Blog, click here.

Important News for Wisconsin Residents

In the 2014 legislative session, Wisconsin Senate Bill 395 was introduced, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Walker. This piece of legislation changes the required number of training hours for cosmetologist license applicants from 1800 to 1550. The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) continues to advocate for the beauty industry in order to protect state licensing and ensure public safety. PBA fully supports this bill, as it proactively addresses deregulation concerns by lowering the hour requirement while still upholding health, safety and competency requirements. This legislation will also make it easier for trained cosmetologists to relocate to Wisconsin and receive license reciprocity—35 states require 1500 hours. For more information on the passage of Wisconsin Senate Bill 395 and PBA Government Advocacy, please visit


You’ve worked hard for your career, obtained your license, and joined the movement–now spread the word! Educate yourclients, friends, and encourage fellow licensed stylists to join. Follow the official I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed Instagram account for news and featured photos from fellow members. PBA knows that as a professional, you take pride in your work space. As a member of the movement, your window cling is prominently displayed in your work space, and we’d love to see it. Post it to Instagram and using the hashtag #IAMLICENSED and we’ll feature your image on our feed! Also, be sure to like The Professional Beauty Association on Facebook and stay up to date on all I Am Movement and industry happenings.


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2014 Beacon Winners and Honorable Mentions Announced Mon, 19 May 2014 21:00:40 +0000 Top cosmetology students from around the U.S. have been chosen to attend PBA Beauty Week as part of the 2014 Beacon program. 100 winners and 200 honorable mentions were announced Wednesday, May 15 through a short, exciting video that was posted on <link>PBA’s Beauty Week Facebook page.

Click here to see the video.

More than 900 students showed off their skills by applying this year to the Beacon program. Winners and honorable mentions were judged and selected by PBA members, including top manufacturers, distributors and licensed professionals from across the country.

This career-changing event takes place during PBA Beauty Week – July 12-15, 2014 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beacon students will receive high-quality education to help jumpstart their careers.

Beacon winners receive full tuition and honorable mentions pay a small fee to attend. While at PBA Beauty Week, students get to explore the Cosmoprof North America trade show floor, be inspired by PBA’s Keynote speaker, Mark Cuban at PBA’s annual Business Forum and network with the industry’s top artists at the North American Hairstyling Awards.

To see a full list of the 2014 Beacon Winners and Honorable Mentions, go to

Follow along on Facebook and Twitter using #Beacon2014!


Beacon is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.


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Minerva Scholarship Deadline Approaching Thu, 15 May 2014 23:37:02 +0000 The Professional Beauty Association strives to help advance the careers of all of our members. Scholarship opportunities are one of the many benefits as a PBA Member that can help take your career to the next level.

PBA is currently accepting applications for both future and current professionals for scholarships to be used towards cosmetology school or continuing education.

 The deadline for the Minerva Scholarship application is May 31, 2014.

Students currently enrolled in an accredited cosmetology school can apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships funded by Minerva Beauty. All scholarships are funded by Minerva Beauty and administered by the Professional Beauty Association Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the PBA Chair.

Click here to download the 2014 scholarship application or Click Here to complete the online application.

Read the full list of rules and regulations online at

To see a full listing of current PBA Scholarships, go to


PBA Education
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) develops and offers progressive, relevant and quality education for our members. Our live and online education and resources meet the needs of today’s busy professional and cover a range of topics. Along with our Education program, PBA provides our members with Government Advocacy, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit for more information.


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Help Those Affected By Severe Weather Mon, 05 May 2014 20:51:19 +0000 Severe weather recently traveled throughout the Midwestern and Southern parts of the United States causing wide-range destruction.

Strong winds and tornadoes hit states like Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. Trees were uprooted and houses and businesses, like salons and spas, were flattened.

Help members of your industry get their life and career back on track after this natural disaster. You can make a difference.

The Professional Beauty Association urges all beauty professionals to make a tax-deductible donation to the PBA Disaster Relief Fund a unique effort that provides 100% of all funds raised directly to professional beauty industry professionals in need. The Fund was established in 1955 to assist salons in rebuilding following the devastation of natural disaster. Over the course of five decades, the fund has been there for professionals in times of dire need.

Help those in need by making a donation today

Were you or someone you know affected? Visit us online to fill out an application and apply for aid.

The PBA Disaster Relief Fund was established by the National Cosmetology Association in 1955 to assist salons in rebuilding following the devastation of a natural disaster. Over the course of five decades, the fund has been there for professionals in times of dire need.


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