More than 500 Capitol Hill staff members attended Welcome to Our World May 8, 2013. Licensed nail techs, hair stylists and cosmetology students volunteered their time and talents for this exciting event hosted annually by the Professional Beauty Federation. Attendees enjoyed complimentary haircuts and mini-manicures while learning about the beauty industry and key issues affecting this $70 billion industry.

One of Capitol Hill’s most popular learning events, members of Congress and their staff learn about the professional beauty industry’s key issues, including access to cosmetology education, consumer protection, equitable taxation, fairness in financial aid for our students and small business support.

Numerous Congressmen attended the event, including Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Each representative received a personalized tour of the world of beauty.

The professional beauty industry is an exciting and growing part of the U.S. economy. Industry professionals have a range of professional opportunities, including working as a stylist, owning a salon, and manufacturing their own product lines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1,069,310 salon establishments in the U.S. Salon service revenues equal $75.38 billion dollars. A majority of U.S. salon industry businesses are owned by women; 54 percent of employment-based salons and spas, which is three times higher than women’s business ownership rate (18%) for the economy as a whole.

“Our members literally ‘touch’ more than half of the U.S. voters at least once every year. No other industry has such an extended reach. We will continue to reach out to Congress about our key issues, including equitable taxation, access to education, consumer protection, fairness in financial aid for our students and small business support,” said Eric Schwartz, COO of OPI Products and President of the Professional Beauty Federation.

Stay up-to-date on key issues PBA is tracking and learn how to get involved at probeauty.org/issues.

Welcome to Our World is a Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) event. The Professional Beauty Associtaion (PBA) is a proud member of PBF. Learn more about the Federation at and WTOW at probeautyfederation.org.