• Beacon - Acceptance Announcement October 14th


Join us here on October 8, 2018 at 1pm EST, to find out who the 2019 winners are!

Produced by the Professional Beauty Association, the Beacon Program is designed to help students prepare for life after cosmetology school. Beacon is a national student competition where top entrants win industry-wide recognition and are invited to the Beacon event at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach on January 25th-27th, 2019!

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Let the Beacon program help you create everything you need to enter the Beacon competition AND launch a successful career in beauty!

What You Need to Enter:
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Highlight your skills, experience and what sets you apart.

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Ask an instructor or employer to vouch for your potential with a letter of recommendation.

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Share three of your best pics to show off your skills.

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Provide a snapshot of how you’ll showcase your personal brand.

Entry Fee: $50 (includes 1-year PBA Student Membership) Learn More ❯

Eligibility: All cosmetology students who attend school between June 1st and July 31st, 2018 are eligible to enter. NEW FOR 2019! Former Beacon entrants may reapply if they meet eligibility dates!

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"Applying to Beacon was the best decision I've made to advance my career. There's no other experience + education like this!"


Winners are invited to a the 3-Day Beacon Event at ISSE Long Beach!

Top entrants get invited to meet beauty icons, learn from leading educators, network with peers, attend NAHA and be part of the biggest and best expo on the west coast – ISSE Long Beach*

Winners get national beauty industry recognition

Gain national recognition through the Beacon Winners Announcement. Winners names are shared with over 80,000 beauty industry pros!

Stand out from your peers

Beacon entrants are recognized by salon owners, educators and industry pros as the most promising, ambitious and hard-working beauty professionals.

Be more prepared

You’d never try to take care of a client without your tools, right? Entering Beacon makes sure you have the right tools to look for a job after graduation and begin your career.

Entry includes a one-year PBA Student Membership (up to $2,000 in savings)

Get discounts to industry events, free magazine subscriptions, beauty supply discounts and more!

* The top 300 entrants receive an invitation to attend the Beacon event at ISSE Long Beach. Attendees pay a discounted tuition of $175 that includes all their Beacon classes and workshops, an interactive tour of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, admission to the North American Hairstyling Awards and a 3-day ticket to the International Salon & Spa Expo

Why is Advertising & Sponsorship right for you?

  • Increases your reach, awareness, and visibility with future beauty industry leaders
  • Delivers exclusive benefits and special recognition during both the Beacon competition and event
  • Sets you apart from the competition

There are advertising and sponsorship opportunities to meet any objective or budget.

For more information on advertising & sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Thank you to our 2018 Beacon Sponsors