OMC Hairworld
PBA is the official U.S. representative to the Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC)

What is Hairworld?

OMC Hairworld is a bi-annual competition inviting the world’s most talented Beauty Professionals to compete on creativity, skill and the ability to perform under pressure. The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is the proud sponsor of OMC Hairworld Team USA. This highly competitive event welcomes over 1,500 top hair, nail and make-up artists from over 50 countries.

Amid the activities, the premier hairdressing competition in the world – The World Championships, will take center stage. This event, so grand it’s called Hairworld, will showcase the best artists from around the globe competing in timed, style challenges. Competition categories include Technical and Fashion Hair, Bridal, Fantasy, Nails and Make-Up.

In preparation for the three-day international showdown, Team USA will relentlessly train for months. The competitors who comprise the competition teams are highly focused, finessing the details of their styles in anticipation of show day. They all agree that there’s nothing like the thrill of competing.

Top hairdressers from around the globe will gather in Seoul, Korea on March 27-29, 2016, for the OMC HairWorld Championships of Beauty.

The USA will be represented by three (3) teams in 2016:

- Senior Ladies’ Technical
- Senior Ladies’ Fashion
- Senior Ladies’ Fashion on Live Model

Entering the OMC Hairworld Competitions

If you are interested in entering OMC Hairworld 2016 in Seoul, Korea use these helpful links to begin the entry process and better prepare you for the competition. Each competitor is required to fill out a registration form and submit to Mary Laffey at

Rules & Regulations
Registration Forms (required for competing)

The deadline to register for OMC Hairworld 2016 is December 1, 2015.
Start the registration process today

Checks can be made out and mailed to:
Professional Beauty Association
15825 N. 71st Street, Ste. 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Team USA Trainers
Team USA Trainers

Senior Ladies Fashion Trainer: Dale Dees
Dale is regarded as one of the most recognized hairstylists in the world by appearing on NBC’s Today Show, the Style Network, Dancing with the Stars and much more. He has been on four USA Olympic hairstyling teams and served as the Fashion Team Trainer in 2010, 2012 and now 2015.

Senior Ladies Technical Trainer: Manuel Rodriguez
Rodriguez is an OMC International Champion and brings his skills and expertise to team 2016. He is a Pivot Point Global Educator and a L.E.O. Award Winner and looks forward to helping Team USA 2016 bring home a win.

PBA 2016 USA Team
Senior Ladies’ Fashion Team:

Flora Linton: A four-time HairWorld Competitor, Flora has been in the industry for 25 years & devotes countless hours to her team and having a chance to represent the USA along with her sister, Tina is an honor and privilege.

Katherine Hankenhof: Katherine has been in the industry for six years and has been working tirelessly to hone her skills and prepare for HairWorld. She is thrilled and ready to represent the USA yet again and to be a part of such an amazing team.

Tina Kritsepis: Tina’s passion for competing began in 2001 and she is thrilled to be among fellow stylists for her second year competing, who share her passion for creative hairstyling.

Senior Ladies’ Technical Team:

Elena Basmova: Elena is a five-time Team USA competitor and is proud to have the opportunity to represent the USA once more. She believes the extensive HairWorld training has motivated her and she’s able to channel her ideas and inspiration into her everyday work.

Tatiana Kovanska: Tatiana has been a cosmetologist for 21 years and competed for Team USA for 3 years. She is honored to represent her country and compete for the first place title against the best in the industry.

Ksenia Kim: Ksenia started her career as a hairstylist in 2009 and since then has been able to participate in many different hairstyling competitions that include NAHA and OMC HairWorld.

Senior Ladies’ Fashion Team on Live Models

Amanda Cassidy (Team Trainer & Competitor): Amanda, a licensed hairstylist for over 33 years, is the only American hairstylist who holds the America’s cup in both ladies technical and fashion categories. A few other achievements of hers include individual World Champion, OMC Gold Medalist in both Fantasy Hairstyle and Bridal Hairstyle and a 9 time USA World Championship Team Member. Amanda is excited to be competing once again for Team USA.

Svitlana Vechera: Svitlana has been in the industry for over 25 years and currently owns her own salon in Los Angeles, California. She has represented Team USA in 2013 at the America’s Cup and again in 2014 at OMC Hairworld in Germany, making this her 3rd year as a Team USA member.

Natasha Galarza: Natasha comes from New Britain, Connecticut where she attended the International Institute of Cosmetology. While attending school, she was student of the month, Silver medalist in the OMC World’s Best Photo Competition: Young and Talented Division and took home the gold medal in the funk up your head photo contest held by Pivot Point International. Natasha hopes to one day own her own salon where she can teach, inspire and motivate. She is excited to be joining Team USA’s Senior Ladies Live Model team in 2016!

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Former PBA USA Teams
PBA 2014 USA Teams

Senior Technical:

Haeji Park
Nataliya Ilkiv
Tatiana Kovanska
Elena Basmova
Trainer: Manuel Rodriguez

Senior Fashion:

Tina Kritsepis
Flora Linton
Katherine Hankenhof
Tangela Thomas
Trainer: Manuel Rodriguez

PBA 2012 USA Teams

Senior Ladies' Fashion Team:

Dale Dees, Orlando, FL - Team Trainer
Elena Basmova, Redmond, WA
Barbara Lawson, St. Petersburg, FL
Flora Linton, Tarpon Springs, FL

Senior Ladies' Technical Team:

Amanda Smoot, Manassas, VA - Team Trainer
Tatiana Kovanska, Santa Monica, CA
Haeji Park, Los Angeles, CA
Svitlana Vechera, Woodland Hills, CA

Junior Ladies' Fashion Team:

Manuel Rodriguez - Team Trainer
Kyleigh Banks, Chicago, IL
Maggie Bury, Chicago, IL
Nataliya Ilkiv, Chicago, IL
Kelly Jost, Glenview, IL

Junior Ladies' Technical Team:

Manuel Rodriguez - Team Trainer
Kyleigh Banks, Chicago, IL
Nataliya Ilkiv, Chicago, IL
Kelly Jost, Glenview, IL