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2013 America’s Beauty Show – a Smashing Success!

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:42

Celebrating its 90th continuous America’s Beauty Show (ABS), Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) welcomed more than 55,000 salon professionals for the best in collective beauty energy.

“It is because of America’s Beauty Show’s commitment to enhancing the careers of my fellow salon professionals, that we can maintain our passion for our craft, through internationally renowned education, access to the latest tools and products, and connectivity with our peers,” says Cosmetologists Chicago President Joseph Cartagena of Genacelli and The East Studio salons in Chicago. “We can count on ABS to help us grow our profession for years to come.”
Crowds enjoyed the many sparkling facets of America’s Beauty Show 2013, including the 2nd Annual BeautyBASH.  Saturday evening was a terrific gala of singing, dancing and musical performances by real beauty professionals, the proceeds of which all went to the Cosmetologists Chicago Presidents Scholarship Fund to help members continue their education.

Of course, the Runway@ABS was the ultimate preview of color and future styling trends as envisioned by such greats as Tracey Hughes of Tracey Hughes Education; Richard Ashforth, SACO; Tabatha Coffey, LUXHAIR; Kim Vo, Schwarzkopf Professional; Mark Hayes & The Sassoon Creative Team; and TIGI New York. See our gallery for the stunning images of such stunning creative designs and performances.

And the 2013 edition of ABS piloted the first All-Star Panel, headed up by Fabio Sementilli, Wella Creative and Technical Director, and featuring such VIPs as  Mark Hayes, Sassoon Creative Team, who forcasted trends from global inspirations; Richard Ashforth, ABS Headliner of Saco, who lent some insider insight on how to prepare and shoot a fashion collection; Jan Arnold, Co-founder CND, on how to apply runway trends in your salon; Gerard Scarpaci & Randy Taylor, co-founders of, who discussed education & community; Kelly Ehlers, Evoke Brands, on building your social media profile; and Tracey Hughes, ABS Headliner from Australia, on the impact education can have on salon services and business.

Of course there was a string of awards as Cosmetologists Chicago presented the winners of the STARS Photo Contest for professionals, students and nail technicians with cash prizes and recognition during the BeautyBASH. The 2nd Annual Leo Passage Gold Trophy Award was presented to Chrystofer Benson, who earned the highest aggregate scores in three STARS categories.  And as is now customary, the 3rd annual Wella Student Competition winners were also announced.  

As always, visitors flocked to more than 58 continuing education classes and 150 manufacturer-sponsored classes and, in between, browsed among the more than 400 manufacturers and distributors exhibiting on the floor, including American Crew, Aquage, Avalon, Belvedere, BioIonic, Black 15in1, Clairol, CosmoProf, CND, Dashing Diva, Farouk, FHI Heat, GKHair, Hot Tools, Keratin Complex, LUX, Michael O’Rourke Rock Your Hair, Moroccanoil, Nioxin, Pibbs Industries, Rock Your Hair by Michael O’Rourke, SalonCentric, Schwarzkopf, Scruples, Sebastian Professional, Takara Belmont, TIGI, Uberliss, Vidal Sassoon Academy, Wella Professionals.

So save the date! America’s Beauty Show will be held March 22-24, 2014 at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. Visit for more information.

  • Aquage at ABS13

    Hi-rise elegance

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    The Runway MarkHayes

  • From the Runway at ABS13

    Volatile violet by Tabatha Coffey

  • saco model at ABS 2013

    Future spin -The Runway Richard Ashforth

  • saco on the Runway at ABS 2013

    Avant-garde color combo - The Runway Richard Ashforth

  • saco on the Runway at ABS 2013

    The Runway Richard Ashforth

  • Stunning work from Mark Hayes and the Wella and the Sassoon Academy Team

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    Farouk on stage

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    JosephCartagena and ReubenCarranza at the City of Hope Mixer

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    Keratin Complex on stage

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    The Runway Tracey Hughes

  • ABS 2013

    The Runway Tracey Hughes


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