Professional Beauty Association's News Blog Industry News From PBA Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:31:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NEW WEBINAR AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: SELLING INTERNATIONALLY, EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS WITH AN EXPERT Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:31:18 +0000 Expanding your company’s sales internationally requires thorough preparation and careful consideration. The Professional Beauty Association has partnered with Tony Michalski, Senior International Trade Specialist for the US Department of Commerce to deliver the broad aspects of exporting. This 30 minute web event is designed for manufacturers and product developers who want to explore the benefits and considerations of entering international markets.

This Webinar addresses the following related topics:

- Primary benefits of exporting 
- Trends, market research and international opportunities 
- Market entry and expansion 
- Identifying and facilitating meetings with potential partners 
- Programs and services available to support international trade 


About 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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FAR BOTANICALS® INNOVATES UNIQUE PERFUME OIL THAT ALSO REPAIRS DRY HAIR Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:56:27 +0000 Sustainable hair care brand launches Verde Oil Supreme, a moisturizing hair serum that performs more than one function and avoids Argan oil and silicones.

Richmond Hts, OH, United States November 25 2014 — FAR Botanicals® has created a natural hair serum that can also double as a luxury perfume oil for hair. Following its signature method of relying on a proprietary blend of essential fatty-acid rich ingredients, FAR Botaniclas’ new Verde Oil Supreme is a waterless, 100% silicone-free hair conditioning serum that can be transformed with the selection of a custom artisan scent. Choosing from two available fragrance collections: Terra Antiqua (100% natural fragrances) and Art Neuvo (natural fragrances blended with fine aroma molecules) women and men now have the option to add another dimension to their hair care ritual while also improving the condition of their hair.

Fragrance options for Verde Oil Supreme  include: Low Scent which is the serum oil with no fragrance added, scents within the Terra Antiqua collection – Vanilla Narcotique, Cocoa & Rum and Lavender Absolute, and scents within the Art Neuvo collection – Rose Rapture, Temple Hymn and Lilikoi. Detailed descriptions of each of these fragrances can be found at

Bucking a hot beauty trend, the company has chosen not to use Argan oil in any of its products. “As a guiding principle, we avoid depending on ingredients which are endangered or threatened by over consumption,” says Sequoia Brown, the company founder. “Argan oil is very popular at the moment, but the trees are endangered and in decline and lots of manufacturers are vying for this finite resource. There are botanical oils available in greater supply that work as well and even better so we focus on using these.”

Another problem that Sequoia says is avoided by using more sustainable ingredients is the temptation to include only a fraction of the material in a formula. “Using extremely rare ingredients inevitably leads to adulterated products entering the market.  It’s not by accident that many commercial Argan hair and skin oils are diluted with silicone or mineral oil.”

With a focus on health and sustainability above all, FAR Botanicals concentrates on other aspects of product design only after a formula’s ability to treat and reverse dry hair using responsibly sourced ingredients has been met. Suggested retail price for Verde Oil Supreme is $44 for Low Scent and $50 for all custom fragrances. One bottle contains enough serum to last up to 6 months. The product comes in hand-finished frosted amber and gold bottles packaged in engraved balsa wood boxes. Balsa is a quick growing, easily cultivated crop tree meeting FAR Botanicals’ sustainability standards.

Contact: FAR Botanicals


About FAR Botanicals:

FAR Botanicals® (Fatty Acid Rich Botanicals), is a sustainable manufacturer of artisan hair care formulas designed to moisturize and strengthen dry, damaged or fragile hair. Tapping ancestral beautification rituals and combining them with modern innovations in Green Chemistry, FAR Botanicals provides a natural-focused, highly effective alternative to typical beauty care products on the market. FAR Botanicals  is suitable for retail in fine salons, spas and luxury retailers. To learn more about the full range of FAR Botanicals offerings, visit

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ARE SALON SUITE RENTALS MARKETING TO YOU? IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE? Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:20:32 +0000 Becoming an independent contractor is a valid career option and there are many successful independent contractors who take pride in operating a professional, compliant business. Most importantly, they are not disillusioned about the financial gain or the amount of work and the number of clients they must maintain to make a clear profit.

Some licensed beauty professionals explain that their current employee-based salon environment does not offer enough of a financial gain to stay: they do not offer enough benefits, such as continuing education training or mentorship, or a strong opportunity to grow a consistent clientele. The risk of leaving to become an independent contractor seems low. So it is not a surprise that licensed professionals are being targeted by misleading advertisements that portray a “Grass is Greener” mirage of life as an independent contractor.

These marketing techniques are targeting stylists with the lure of easily making more money while working with a smaller number of clients in an independent contractor salon suite rental setting. The problem is these advertisements fail to provide key relevant information, including failing to explain processes for tax withholding, tip income and mandatory health insurance costs, as well as other costs, which does not support the professionalism or integrity of licensed beauty professionals.


Many licensed beauty professionals express the potential for financial gain as their number one motivation to leave an employee-based salon environment. For example, if a stylist believes he or she brings in $100,000 a year to a salon but only takes home less than half of that, they feel the opportunity for financial gain is worth the transition to work as an independent contractor. What may not be fully understood, or has even been vetted, is the compensation associated with running an employment-based salon versus the income of an independent contractor. There are numerous existing factors to consider in addition to direct income.


An independent contractor can operate in different environments, in addition to a salon suite rental.  There are factors outlined by the IRS to help determine if you are truly independent. A few factors include:

  • A key to your own establishment
  • Setting your own hours
  • Purchasing your own products
  • Paying your own state, local and federal taxes
  • Establishing your own business name
  • Determining your own pricing for services
  • Incurring all business expenses, of which you may be able to deduct certain business expenses
  • Fully reporting your income (including tips)
  • Having your own telephone number and line

Fulfilling obligations as an independent contractor means you will operate your business as a serious, professional business owner. You must abide by all the legal local, state, and federal tax laws, report all income (including tips) and maintain the appropriate licenses, as well as personal liability insurance for your independent business. for a complete list of tax resources.


W-2 Salon Employees Commonly Receive:

  1. Unemployment benefits and worker’s compensation
  2. Short-term disability, health, dental and vision insurance
  3. Personal liability coverage through the salon
  4. Mentorship, training, continued education
  5. Access to brand-name, high-end professional and retail products
  6. Retail commission
  7. Profit sharing
  8. Staff managed payment processing and appointment scheduling
  9. Employer shared cost of employee tax responsibilities
  10. Bonus pay
  11. Housekeeping (towels, capes, materials) and supply orders
  12. Consistent client base and opportunity for walk-ins or front desk referrals
  13. Maintenance of salon, including utility expenses
  14. Consistency and reliability

A successful licensed independent contractor:

  1. Reports and pays product retail sales tax
  2. Reports all income, including tips, and pays local, state, federal taxes (quarterly tax payments)
  3. Obtains personal liability insurance to protect yourself from being held financially responsible for injuries that may occur at your business
  4. Successfully retains clients
  5. Maintains appropriate healthcare insurance coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act
  6. Manages client scheduling and payment processing
  7. Develops and manages self-marketing
  8. Purchases and maintains adequate products, materials, and tools
  9. Seeks out continuing education and stays on top of current market trends


The number one fear of a stylist considering a transition to a suite/booth rental opportunity is the ability to build a new client base and maintain their client numbers. Although salon rental ads targeting stylists may include messaging such as “you only need to retain 60% of your clients…,” stylists know this is not quite that simple. Are you a stylist that signed an employment agreement, or non-compete agreement provided to you by your current employer? If you are, then you know taking your clients with you is not an option.

So how will you maintain and build clientele from inside a salon suite? The appeal of becoming an independent contractor can be very progress_sept_diversionalluring, but it is important to plan ahead on how you will build the level of clientele needed to exceed your current earnings.

There are successful independent contractors that have correctly managed to build clientele, correctly operate their business, and meet the legal tax and reporting obligations required by law. If you decide that this is the path for you, know the facts and have a concrete plan of action. Familiarize yourself with the appropriate forms you will need to establish your business, a business name, quarterly tax payments, specific licenses, and other business obligations before you make your transition.

Most importantly, understand that like any major career move, taking the leap to becoming an independent contractor has many risks and benefits. If you do decide that stepping out on your own is what you want to do, be prepared and take an honest realistic inventory of what it will truly take to be successful as an independent contractor. For more information, visit

About the Author

Myra Irizarry is the Director of Government Affair for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). PBA advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) for more information.

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2015 NAHA Entries Now Open! Submit Yours Today! Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:44:12 +0000 The North American Hairstyling Awards is the most exclusive photographic competition in the northern hemisphere. Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 NAHA awards!

Creating your NAHA entry will not only strengthen your skills and boost your portfolio, it will push you to reach beyond your creative boundaries. Stand out from your peers, take home the coveted NAHA trophy, and advance your career!



  • Avant Garde
  • Contemporary Classic
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year
  • Haircolor
  • Hairstylist of the Year
  • Make-Up Artist of the Year
  • Master Stylist of the Year (By Invitation Only)
  • Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
  • Newcomer Stylist of the Year
  • Salon/School Design of the Year
  • Salon Master of Business Award (Salon MBA)
  • Salon Team of the Year
  • Student Hairstylist of the Year
  • Texture
  • Nail Professional of the Year- NEW FOR 2015

For more information and a complete list of rules, please visit Only online entries will be accepted.

NAHA 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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The New PBA is Here! Update Your Member Profile Today! Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:15:07 +0000 The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has been steadily growing throughout the years. After years of producing some of the most successful beauty events in North America and offering the largest selection of career resources, the time has come for PBA to take the next steps. In an effort to continue to craft a unique, value-based association, a modification to our membership structure was implemented early this month.

These changes make it easier for you to access information across the association, providing unlimited learning and resource potential. The modification also gives members more control over your membership, from choosing the membership that’s right for you and your business to saving our individual members money by only paying for the benefits you need. Head over for details.

The PBA Team has been working tirelessly to make this transition seamless and smooth. We encourage you to take a moment to log into your account, update your profile, and explore the new and exciting features now available to you. Thank you for your continued support of PBA and the entire industry. Feel free to contact our dedicated Membership Team with any questions or comments at or 800.468.2274.

About PBA

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) for more information.

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PBA to Host New Webinar: Selling Internationally, Explore Your Options with an Expert Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:50:03 +0000 Expanding your company’s sales internationally requires thorough preparation and careful consideration. The Professional Beauty Association has partnered with Tony Michalski, Senior International Trade Specialist for the US Department of Commerce to deliver the broad aspects of exporting. This 30 minute web event is designed for manufacturers and product developers who want to explore the benefit and considerations of entering international markets.

This event address the following related topics:

- Primary benefits of exporting 
- Trends, market research and international opportunities 
- Market entry and expansion 
- Identifying and facilitating meetings with potential partners 
- What programs and services are available to support international trade? 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to our commerce expert.


*Remember to convert this web event into your own time zone to ensure you join us.

This webinar takes place at: 
12pm Eastern 
11am Central 
10am Mountain 
9am Pacific

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Ratner Companies Apologizes to Stylist Brandon Smith, Who was Fired by Hair Cuttery After Being Diagnosed with HIV Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:02:53 +0000 justicescalesThe American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU), Brandon Smith, and Ratner Companies – parent company of the Hair Cuttery chain of hair salons – are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to resolve Mr. Smith’s discrimination claim against Hair Cuttery that will both bring justice to Mr. Smith and strengthen the Companies’ commitment to fair treatment of its clients and employees.

On October 9, 2014, the ACLU filed a formal Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, complaining that Mr. Smith had been wrongfully fired from his position as assistant manager at a Hair Cuttery in Greenbelt, Maryland, after it was discovered he had been diagnosed with HIV. Upon learning of the complaint, Ratner Companies moved swiftly to investigate and rectify the situation, agreeing to make appropriate restitution to Mr. Smith, including reinstatement, and issuance of policy guidance to ensure that employees of Ratner Companies understand that it is not the company’s policy to terminate those who are living with HIV or another disability. In addition, the company has agreed to partner with a local LGBT organization to provide training for employees and managers.

Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Ratner Companies, said: “Ratner Companies deeply regrets the dismissal of Mr. Smith from his employment with Hair Cuttery and sincerely apologizes for his termination, the company’s initial responsive statement based on erroneous information, and any harm done to Mr. Smith. Ratner Companies does not condone or tolerate illegal workplace discrimination of any kind, and it is not the company’s policy to terminate employees who are living with HIV or another disability.”

Deborah Jeon, ACLU of Maryland Legal Director, said: “We are heartened by the quick action that Ratner Companies has taken to resolve the injustice suffered by Brandon Smith and to ensure that never again will an employee of Hair Cuttery or any other of the Companies’ salons be terminated because they are living with HIV. It is our hope that this settlement sends a strong and clear message to other employers, so that unfounded fears and misconceptions no longer drive workplace discrimination against those with disabilities.”

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What’s Your Candidate’s Stance on Deregulation? PBA Voter Resources are Here to Help! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:41:31 +0000 The threat of deregulation of occupational licensing, specifically of cosmetologists and barbers, has become more prevalent in recent years. Deregulation threats have included repealing cosmetology and barbering licenses altogether, which would be devastating to an entire profession as well as a public health risk. Legislation that would deregulate the cosmetology industry has already been introduced across the U.S. If deregulation were to become a reality, every industry professional would be affected – service providers and salon owners to manufacturers and distributors. Industry standards would plummet. But it is the consumers who would possibly run the greatest risk. They would be completely exposed to those individuals who practice cosmetology without the proper training and license.

PBA’s Government Affairs Team sent out the first ever gubernatorial questionnaire to every candidate running for governor in the 2014 election. We wanted to know where they stand on deregulation of the professional beauty industry.

You can learn about candidate views on occupational licensing in their state by visiting Did your candidate respond? How did they fare?Are they for or against deregulation? Find out here!

About Government Affairs

PBA advocates for the rights of every member and is dedicated to tracking, introducing and responding to legislation at both the state and federal levels with potential to affect the beauty industry. Along with our Government Advocacy program, PBA provides our members with Education, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit for more information.

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The Beauty Industry Rallies to End Domestic Violence Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:13:59 +0000 By Rachel Molepske, PBA Manager of Charitable Programs

progress_oct_CIO_in_articleAs a salon/industry professional, you encounter countless people from many different walks of life. The beauty of this industry is the diversity, the multitude of relationships and long-lasting friendships that are forged through the work you do on a daily basis. If you were made aware that one of your clients, friends, or co-worker was in trouble, would you help? What if a client or co-worker confided in you, and revealed that they are a victim of domestic violence? Would you even know what to do and how to help? These questions raised are extremely important and often times prove difficult to answer. The reality is that here in the United States, domestic violence is a horrible epidemic that has taken hold of many individuals.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services*, domestic violence is defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or any other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.” The domestic violence epidemic transverses age, gender, religion, economic status, nationality, and educational background. Often times violence is followed by emotional abuse and controlling behavior, further enhancing the systematic pattern of dominance against the victim.

Research has shown that most battered women never call the police or go to a shelter. In the United States, battery is the single largest cause of injury to women, and accounts for 35% of women’s annual emergency room visits (Violence again Women, 2000). However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. For an abused woman, a salon may be an ideal environment to seek out help because it may be one of the few places she is allowed to go without her abuser. Salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in those around them, so many victims suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them – even if they would never tell anyone else. This is one of the many reasons salons have rallied and are preparing to take on domestic abuse in an effort to make a difference and refer victims to get the help they desperately need.

Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Due to the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship between salon professionals and their clients and co-workers, salon professionals can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see.

Statistics have shown that one out of every three women is abused at some point in her life. With the amount of clients salon professionals come into contact with every month, they are potentially in the company of abused women often. Proper training on how to recognize the signs of abuse and knowing how to approach victims can make salon professionals invaluable and influential community partners in the fight against domestic abuse. Industry professionals are in the perfect position to safely refer victims to the proper resources, where they can gain the confidence and receive the help they need to put a stop to the abuse.

Helping Through CUT IT OUT

The Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) CUT IT OUT program is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals across the U.S. to help put a stop to the epidemic of domestic abuse. The mission is to educate salon professionals to become more aware, have the ability to recognize potential signs of domestic abuse in their clients, co-workers, friends and family to safely refer them to local resources for help.

CUT IT OUT builds awareness and creates a dialogue about domestic violence to actively help clients who are suffering from suspected abuse. Supplies, such as posters and safety cards, are distributed free of charge to participating salons and are intended for display at stylists’ work stations and in discreet locations, such as the restroom. These inconspicuous safety cards contain the information and phone number to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. CUT IT OUT also encourages salons to support their local domestic violence shelters by organizing fund-raisers, providing complimentary services to shelter residents, donating beauty products, or donating proceeds to local shelters and programs.

While CUT IT OUT accepts donations and encourages fundraising year-round, October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is an important month to get involved and spread the word. PBA is calling on beauty professionals and salons across the country to support the CUT IT OUT program by participating in the CUT IT OUT “Give The Power Back” Drive, helping to raise awareness and funding for this important cause. Participation is simple and can truly help save a life. To register, visit and receive a free “marketing toolkit” which includes a customizable press release, flyer and donation cards to help market efforts to clients  and the community.

CUT IT OUT Education

The CUT IT OUT program provides salon professionals with information on domestic violence and in-depth, specific information about how to respond to a client who may be the victim of abuse. Education seminars are targeted toward industry professionals, salons, cosmetology schools, and other similar venues. Educational materials are provided with everything needed to provide abuse victims with the proper assistance and referrals to helpful resources.

Join The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) in fighting domestic abuse by ordering free materials for your salon, hosting a fundraiser opportunities, getting in touch with a local domestic abuse trainer, or just to learn more about the signs of abuse. Learn more at

About the Author

Rachel Molepske is the Manager of Charitable Programs for the Professional Beauty Association. Need more information or have questions? Contact or call 480.455.3453 (800.468.2274. ext. 3453). The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) believes strongly that every member has the power to make a difference. Through our Charitable Outreach programs and partnerships, we seek to engage professionals in giving back to their industry and communities. Along with our Charitable Outreach programs, PBA provides our members with Government Advocacy, Signature Events, Education, Research and Business Resources. for more information.

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TAKE YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH PBA HAIR COMPETITIONS AT ISSE LONG BEACH 2015 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:50:05 +0000 Calling all students and professionals! Prepare to show off your skills, gain prestige, and advance your career at the International Salon and Spa Expo Long Beach hairstyling competitions.

Continuing the success from 2014, ISSE Long Beach is once again hosting PBA Hairstyling Competitions in 2015. Open to students and licensed professionals, the competitions will allow individuals to show off their skills, win prizes and gain career prestige.

Additionally, ISSE Long Beach will be hosting NailPro and the Hot Hands Barber Brawl Competitions again in 2015.


Seniors & Juniors

Long Hair Bridal
Avant Garde by NAHA



Technical: Creative

Technical: Hair by Night

Fashion: Day Style

Fashion: Evening Style


Technical: Creative

Technical: Hair by Night

Fashion: Progressive Cut

Fashion: Evening Style

Competitors will also have the chance to compete for a coveted spot on Team USA for OMC’s Hairworld 2016 in Seoul, South Korea! Click here for details, and stayed tuned for registration information!


About ISSE Long Beach

Produced by PBA, ISSE Long Beach has become the West Coast’s largest and most influential cash-and-carry beauty event open exclusively to licensed beauty professionals, students and instructors. With more than 40,000 beauty professionals expected each year, ISSE Long Beach has evolved beyond the traditional “hair show” to a complete beauty event for hair, nails, cosmetics, esthetics and advanced education. For complete show information, please visit

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