American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


January  2013

In This Issue
Exam Dates
Martin Parsons
Alima Korchinskaya
Color Comparisons
Survey Results
2013 Spring Runway Trends
Lowlights from the Editor

13th Annual Energizing Summit
June 9-10, 2013 
LAX Marriott Hotel 
Registration opens on February 1, 2013!
Preview the classes here.
2013 Energizing Summit in Los Angeles

Scheduled for June 9-10, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel LAX, this is the nation's premier haircolor educational event for haircolorists. Haircolorists will have the opportunity to select from 145 separate classes, which includes 20 hands-on courses, conducted by 46 educators.

Registration opens February 1, 2013. Be sure not to miss out on our early bird discount that runs from February 1 to February 28. Not only do you receive 20% off, dropping Non ABCH Members from $300 to $240 and ABCH Members from $250 to $200, but it also guarantees that you get the classes you want before they sell out. You can register at

We also offer a discounted room rate of $115 for attendees who book their room by May 16, 2013. To make room reservations you can call 310.641.5700 and mention you are attending the Energizing Summit or you can book online at the Marriott Hotel LAX.
2013 ABCH Examination Dates
                                      CHICAGO                     MARCH 10

                                      DENVER                       APRIL 21

                                      L.A.                             JUNE 23

                                      DALLAS                       JULY 14

                                      BOSTON                       AUGUST 18

                                      SEATTLE                      SEPTEMBER 8

                                      WASHINGTON DC         OCTOBER 13

                                      ATLANTA                     NOVEMBER 3




The above dates and locations for the 2013 Certification Exams are also posted on the ABCH website  There you will find all info on Certification and the Certification process. 

The total cost to become certified is $600.00. This fee includes:

*  Examination fee 

*  Study Portfolio

*  Exam Mannequin 

*  Bundle of hair to make swatches                 

*  Small mannequin stand.

Everything you need to know to pass the exam is listed in the Study Portfolio. There are also Practice Exams for you to take on the ABCH website, which have proven to be very helpful in passing the examination.

It is possible to purchase the study materials separately and postpone registering to take the examination, on the  website.

When you feel prepared to pass the exam, you may go to the ABCH website to register.  

Introducing the first two educators for the 2013 ENERGIZING SUMMIT!
Martin Parsons
The Beauty of Long Hair


Martin Parsons is educational, fast paced and entertaining. He is known for creating some of the most beautiful updos in the industry and matching them with incredibly colorful and sophisticated evening wear!

Truly one of the salon industry's most popular hairdressers.  See up-close step-by-step demonstrations of how to put hair up in minutes by utilizing his unique approach to long hair and how to apply it to your everyday salon work. 

Regarded as one of the foremost educators of his craft and a recipient of the NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award. Experience his creative genius in person! His classes will fill up quickly.  Mark your calendar to register early on February 1 !

Jill Ruone
Winning Over Long Term Color Clients 
  • Are you struggling to increase your income?
  • Have you ever lost haircolor clients and wondered why?
  • Do you get uncomfortable being perceived as a pushy sales person?
  • Do you lack confidence in your haircolor skills?

If so let Jill share proven tips and strategies to overcome obstacles that stop you from instantly increasing your income now. Learn how to use Board Certification to standardize haircolor and become the "go to" salon in your area. Learn the secret to win haircolor clients for life... in just 10 minutes.

Having been a Service Provider, Platform Artist, District Manager, Business Trainer & Success Coach, Jill Ruone has made her mark in the Salon & Spa Industry for over 28 years.She knows what it's like to be defeated, but also what it's like to have great success. Jill Shares her winning strategies for maximizing and marketing your haircolor skills. First Strategy...sign up for this class beginning February 1!

6N Comparison of Demi-permanent Haircolors

Thank you for the submissions of demi-permanent haircolors for comparison. Andre will begin the comparison challenge in the next few months so watch for the results in a future newsletter.
In related news, Andre recently completed a follow up comparison on several other permanent 6N haircolors that were not included in the earlier comparison. The results of these comparisons will be available at the Energizing Summit in June.
Definition of Bumping the Base
Sincere thanks to those who participated in the Bump the Base Survey. The survey is now closed and the results are open to the public if you wish to access the responses. Results link.
We are currently designing another survey to help garner more specific information on this same topic, bumping the base. 
While we interpret the data about bumping the base terminology, here are a few interesting statistics from this survey.

Total responses: 381
46% are Board Certified.
78% are serious haircolorists (over 5 color services per week) with 10+ years experience.
47% thought that haircolor was 50% creative & 50% scientific
31% thought that haircolor was 75% scientific & 25% creative
Please watch for the second Bump the Base survey in the next few weeks. 

Haircolor Trends From the 2013 Spring Runways


The Pantone color for 2013 is Emerald green, but you won't be seeing it in hair just yet. The spring runways offered more of the same color trends, re-warmed for 2013. How does that translate into what you might see in your salon?

* Those clients who always want something new and hot will need to continue the              extreme changes to feed the color monster inside. YAY! $$

* Those clients who are slow to climb on the color trend train will finally decide to try            something different with the now familiar balayage, ombre and brond. YAY! $$

* Those clients with more adventurous souls might explore the various shade of gray          (pun intended) with the continuing popularity of pastel purple, blue, green, and pink.          YAY! $$

Even traditional silver gray is a challenging haircolor to create. The bottom line for a successful gray tonal color is competency in your bleach knowledge techniques. The Energizing Summit will offer several classes this year to improve your bleach knowledge and skills: Knowing and Understanding Bleaches- Craig Miller, The Hazards of Bleach - Tom Maricich, The Art of Double-Process Haircolor - Bonnie Ray

Lowlights from the Editor   
Wishing everyone a colorful 2013!

Will this be the year you become certified?
Will this be the year you attend the Summit?
Will this be the year you mentor a colorist?

What are your goals for 2013?

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.      -Brian Tracy

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