American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


December 2013

In This Issue
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Full Roster 2014 SUMMIT
Summit Educator Change
Wella Sponsored Mentoring
Representation for Stylists
Sweet Revenge
Student Fundraising
Lowlights from the Editor

14th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit 
June 8-9, 2014 
LAX Marriott Hotel
Los Angeles, CA 

2014 ABCH Examination Dates:

Chicago  ..........  March 23             Sarasota, FL ......... September 14                  
Denver  ...........  April 13                Washington DC .... October 12    
Los Angeles ..... July 13                  Atlanta ................. November 9
Boston  ............ August 17  

Links for more info: 



The difficult part of putting together the Energizing Summit is getting commitments from individual educators so long before the event.  We will be presenting many new educators participating in the 2014 Energizing Summit, as well as your favorite educators of the past years. 

Haircolor education has many aspects and there are many points of view on the same haircoloring services. Whether you are a beginning haircolorist or veteran, there is always something new to learn. To often, we get stuck behind our styling chair, surrounded by the same people and never get out among new people to see what is fresh and current. What makes the Energizing Summit unique is that you are learning from your peers. 


The 2014 Energizing Summit registration starts Feb.1st with a 20% discount for the entire month.

Change of Educators in Popular Summit Class


John Siggers, who has been fixture at the Energizing Summit teaching the Balayage and the Ombre techniques for the past 13 years, has called it quits. He indicated that traveling and bringing his troupe of haircolorists to the West Coast was just getting too expensive and time consuming. He will continue to teach Balayage and Ombre in his salon in Atlanta. 
The 2014 Summit Balayage classes will continue and be taught by Monica Byrne, a protege of the Siggers methods of performing these very popular techniques. Rather than the 1 hour classes taught by the Siggers Team, Monica will teach a 3 hour workshop.  


ABCH Certification Mentoring Workshops

Sponsored by Wella


Join us and other professionals who aspire to become an American Board Certified Haircolorist.

By sponsoring the Mentoring Workshops, Wella feels that participating in these workshops and becoming ABCH Certified, you will be better equipped to please any haircolor client. You also will be learning about haircolor and different haircoloring techniques.

In the two-day hands-on workshops we will have trained ABCH Evaluators personally guiding you thru the process of the Performance Exam. You also will be educated on the other parts of the exam process.

We know, after taking a mentoring workshop you will not hesitate in taking the ABCH Certification Examination and have no problem passing the exam with high scores.

As an American Board of Certified Haircolorists you will feel confident in knowing you are one of the elite haircolorists in your area.



Andre warns...

Say that to someone and they will refer to the
PBA (Professional Beauty Association). 
However, the PBA does not represent the cosmetologist. 
Cosmetologists are on the bottom rung of the ladder when it comes to representation from the PBA. An organization cannot equally represent all factions of the industry-schools, manufacturers and salon stylists.   

Consider the representation of schools versus stylists in salons. Salons are looking for high quality employees that are well trained and ready to go to work.  The schools on the other hand worry more about students learning to pass an examination given by the Board of Cosmetology. Remember, "He who has the gold rules". The school industry is the most prosperous segment of the industry and they always end up getting their way.  At first, schools campaigned against the instructors license, stating it was too hard to find instructors, so now you don't need a cosmetology instructor's license.  No one asked the hairdresser how hey felt about that change.   

Imagine you graduate from school, get your cosmetology license and the next day start teaching.  You can have someone teaching cosmetology without ever working in a salon.   Yet, when states mention getting rid of the cosmetology license the most vocal opponents are the schools.  If beauty school education and a license become optional, school enrollment and state funding would decrease.


Let's look at representation of stylists in salons verses manufacturers.  Who do you think is going to win that battle?  The salons are the backbone of the beauty industry, yet they are the bottom of the totem pole.  Manufacturers are the lords in the castle and cosmetologists are the surfs in the fields.  It can change if we have representation.  

The PBA will say, "We have cosmetologists on our Board of Directors that are independent thinkers". Those serving on the Board are not elected, but instead are selected. There is a big difference.  

What's in a Name? Sometimes, it's Sweet Revenge
Tom Dispenza was upset last year when Redken, the haircolor manufacturing giant, used a reasonable facsimile of the name of his haircolor line, Chromastics. Clearly, there could be confusion created between Tom Dispenza's haircolor line called Chromastics and Redken's haircolor line called Chromatics.

Using that old adage "Don't get mad, get even", Tom Dispenza is introducing his new line of deposit only line of haircolor called Chromastics Shades.

If this name sounds a lot like Redken Shades, it is. Isn't this fun? Boys will be boys.



After the article we wrote regarding having cosmetology students fund raising and receiving school credit, we received a response from Stacy Rackham, a national educator for the John Paul Mitchell Systems. In her response, she defended the practice of raising money and gathering signatures for a variety of causes while receiving school credit. Her argument was teaching students to become community minded should be part of being successful stylists.

We feel it is not right for beauty schools to have students raise money (2.2 million) that they, as an organization, donate to a variety of causes while encouraging students to give back to the community and to charities for those less fortunate. This charitable fundraising donation from the Paul Mitchell Company definitely benefits the company through the good PR and branding. Realistically though, this fundraising does nothing to help the student become successful in the salon.

Schools are designated to teach their students cosmetology skills, and the more they learn the greater their success. In the short time they are in school, there is much to learn, leaving no time for fund raising. The curriculum for the time students are in school is spelled out clearly by the State Cosmetology Boards. No where in any curriculum will you find a single hour of fund raising activities required.

Lowlights from the Editor
               Like Santa, may your holidays be white.... 
... eventually... after blue cream oil bleach, patience and a violet toner!  
Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!    
Watch your inbox in the next few weeks for the regular newsletters from ABCH to announce the 2014 line up of educators for the 2014 Energizing Summit! 

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