Education was the main focus of the second annual Beauty and the Barber Expo –organized by Beauty Schools of America (BSA)– which was combined with the talent of Miami DJs and setlists like never before.
The event radiated with so much talent and brilliance, it inevitably become South Florida’s event to attend in the industry. Such was the splash last year that Christopher Dove and John C. Simpson were the hosts this year, bringing their CoCre8 education and co-hosting the tradeshow.
“As the BSA organization is setting the industry bar high and making their mark as the premium industry show is so relevant to us as CoCre8,” said Cocre8, the educational team composed of the Dove/Simpson duo. “We have begun just this year as our own brand, even though we have played many roles within the industry. To be the educational message thread throughout the day is huge for us. Besides the flattering opportunity, to speak to so many industry professionals under one roof is the most major honor possible.”
Beauty and the Barber is the next staple of Miami in the Beauty Industry, timed expertly on Miami Artweek so professionals also receive their share of recognition this past weekend where all forms of art are celebrated, included the beauty artisans of the trade. The morning was filled by education and the afternoon shifted to the student and professional competitions.
The one-day beauty and barbering competition was seeped in talent. Panels with national stars were crafted for the students with the likes of Wahl’s Kristi Faulkner, Sebastian’s very own Omar Antonio, and Danny Amorim. They covered the hottest trends and fades. 80 vendors sold barbering and hairstyling products, picturesque spray bottles that were colored to represent a stylists’ personality, make up, lasers and skincare for the spas and salons looking a their next revolutionary product.
Pacinos the Barber also made an appearance presenting marketing and branding techniques for the audience, and DL Master Barber enthusiastically shared his secrets of efficiency and wits on how to build wealth from “behind the chair.” The competition categories, open to industry professionals and students, showcased their talent in: Fashion Editorial Makeup, Avant Garde, FX/Theatrical Character, Artists Choice Creature or Cosplay Special Effects Makeup, and Body Paint. Barber categories included; Fastest Fade, Free Style and Fade with beard.
Check out the gallery below for some of yesterday’s celebrations!