American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


December  2012

In This Issue
Exam Dates
Special Exam Location
6N Demi Color Comparison
Bumping the Base
Willow Smith
Lowlights from the Editor

13th Annual Energizing Summit
June 9-10, 2013 
LAX Marriott Hotel 
Julie Lazarof and Gay Thomas, Evaluating
 American Board of 
Certified Haircolorists  
 Total new ABCH 2012  - 92
                Total ABCH members   - 1,806
2013 ABCH Examination Dates
CHICAGO                    MARCH 10

DENVER                      APRIL 21

L.A.                             JUNE 23

DALLAS                       JULY 14

BOSTON                     AUGUST 18

SEATTLE                     SEPTEMBER 8


ATLANTA                    NOVEMBER 3



 ABCH 2013 Exam Dates & Locations


The Board of Directors has established dates and locations for the 2013 examinations. They pretty much mirror last year's dates and locations. "While some of the locations missed on the minimum number of candidates (20) we like to see, they did not miss by much," stated Tamara Dahill, ABCH Vice President.  


Corabito Corp, a distributor in Portland, Maine, headed by Randy and Toni Hegstrum, has requested ABCH to hold an examination in their area. They have guaranteed ABCH they  will gather the 20 required candidates to hold the exam.   Randy has indicated, "I enjoy doing business with haircolorists who are American Board Certified and I feel it is in my best interest to get as many of my customers as I can to become Board Certified."

Please NOTE- anyone interested in gathering twenty

candidates to hold an ABCH examination in their area should contact our office.  Call: 310 547-0814 


The haircolor curriculum standardized by ABCH enhances the process of learning haircolor. It is difficult, if not impossible, with the number of haircolor manufacturers to determine a common language. The ABCH standardization begins with defining the basic reference haircolors so that we all are on the same page. What is the difference between yellow and pale yellow?

Swatches for exam Part of the Certification exam process requires the candidates to create swatches from a bundle of hair they receive when purchasing their examination mannequin. They are required to bleach the swatches through 6 stages before reaching pale yellow. Each stage of the lightening process is recorded as to the amount of time required to reach a given stage. This is a long and time-consuming procedure but a very important part of the examination process.

Few candidates have ever bleached dark hair to blonde. "It tells us a lot about the candidate," says Evaluator Kris McGinnis. "Many of the candidates lose patience with the amount of time required to reach pale yellow, and quit before reaching that stage; or they don't know what pale yellow is."

Knowing how much yellow undertone to retain during the bleaching process is key to achieving the desired tone, warm or cool blonde. To standardize this important distinction, 

*  Yellow is described as the outside of a lemon

*  Pale yellow is described as the inside of a lemon ABCH curriculum refers to these two easy-to-remember color reference colors specifically. To learn more about ABCH curriculum and our common color language, read the ABCH Study Portfolio. Link to purchase the Study Portfolio online. 


6N Comparison of Demi-permanent Haircolors

We will conduct a comparison of 6N haircolors again, this time using demi-permanent colors. If you would like to submit your favorite brand of demi-permanent color, please send it to the ABCH office:
PO Box 9090
San Pedro, CA 90734
Deadline to receive haircolor for this comparison is January 4, 2013 
Questions? Please call Andre (310) 547-0814
Definition of Bumping the Base- Take the Survey!

We recently published another ABCH survey, this time to find out how colorists across America define "bumping the base." As mentioned in the article above on Standardization, there is a need to establish a common definition of this procedure.  

ABCH will review the data and comments from this survey to help establish a standard that works with various natural haircolor categories and desired effects.  Once all of the information is compiled, a chart will be established suitable  for posting. 

 BE HEARD... What would you do?


Empowering Girls and Redefining Beauty

Jada Pinkett Smith has posted a heartfelt letter on her Facebook page in response to critics of her 12-year-old daughter Willow's decision to shave her head. In an empowering message entitled 'Letter to a friend', she writes:


"This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. 

First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don't belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power, or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit, and her mind are HER domain.

Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It's also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves."

Lowlights from the Editor   
Safety issues aside, the end result was a shade between yellow and pale yellow, still rather warm for a true Santa's snowy beard. It looked odd against the red suit and white collar.
This holiday entertainer decided that this awkward procedure was preferable to an artificial beard. His hair is dark so this needed a retouch during the holidays! OH, MY!


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