American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


February 2014 

In This Issue
Early Bird Discount
Modern Salon-Steve Reiss
Craig Miller
Stephan Adams
Andre Nizetich
Andrea Shumate
First Mentoring Workshop
Next Mentoring Workshop
The Colorist Magazine
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Lowlights from the Editor

14th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit

LAX Marriott Hotel  
Los Angeles, CA   
June 8-9, 2014 Early Bird Special in February!



             2014 Energizing Summit 


Early Bird Special - 20% discount  in February

        Book now to guarantee space in the classes  

        you want! Classes are filling quickly! 


  $200 for ABCH member ($250 after Feb. 28) 
  $240 for non-ABCH members ($300 after Feb.28)

View the Summit class descriptions online.
Summit Introductions Continue:

Early Morning General Session  8:15am - 9:30am Monday
Steve Reiss
 Publisher, Modern Salon Media   
Beauty Industry Trends -
How you can manage and take advantage 
With communities including prospective students (Beauty School Advisor), students (First Chair), stylists (Modern Salon) and salon owners (Salon Today), Modern Salon Media is unique in addressing each stage in the salon professional's lifecycle, allowing us to experience the industry from both a big picture and personal perspective. Steve will discuss current trends impacting the beauty industry -- and both the risks and opportunities they present to you as a stylist.
Introducing More 2014 Energizing Summit Educators!

Craig Miller
Knowing and Understanding Bleaches

Call it bleach or call it lightener, this hands-on class is all about this powerful product. Working with a variety of brands of bleach, each participant will test a brand and  compare results: faster, slower, produces the most dust when mixing.
The price of each bleach is explored to see if the more expensive bleaches are worth the additional money.
You will come away from this class with a world of knowledge about bleaches.
High-Lift vs. Lighteners
  Stephan Adams
How do you know which product to use based on texture and color? Take the time to discover the differences between high-lift colors and lighteners with Stephen Adams, a gifted hairdresser and educator.
Explore your options and obtain an in depth understanding of the benefits of both products. In this class you will go over the chemistry of hair and the effects of lightening. Comparing and breaking down the properties will set you up for success when working with clients going lighter. Stephan's class makes the choices clear.
Long Hair Highlights with Ombre
Andre Nizetich

Long hair is popular with every generation and walk of life. Now with gentle ombre colors, this popular service is here to stay. Impress your clients who already love their ombre, by making it even more appealing with highlights.  

In this class Andre will demonstrate how you can keep your long hair clients coming back into the salon for regular highlights. Adding highlights will give the ombre a much softer look. This class is a lecture demonstration where you can observe this technique, as well as view finished mannequins.    This class will only be taught for one session.


Highlighting Long Hair* 
Andrea Shumate, ABCH
Specialize in a salon service most shy away from. In this hands-on workshop you will learn a fast, easy way to handle long hair. Learn to work with ease on mannequins that are 18 inches long. Andrea, a master at highlighting long hair, shares techniques that result in predictable color placement that complements the hairstyle.  With long hair, salon visits are less frequent so the highlights have to last longer. Learn how to retouch to prevent blonde buildup and preserve the condition of the hair.
*This class has a $15.00 surcharge for the maintenance of the mannequin. You will be using mock bleach and the mannequin will remain in the classroom at the end of the class.
To build better Haircolorists


The first mentoring workshop held by the American Board of Certified Haircolorists (ABCH) was an outstanding educational event. The workshop, " To build better Haircolorists", was funded in part by the Wella Company.


Sixty-six eager haircolorists were assigned to eleven teams of seasoned ABCH Evaluators. The primary purpose of the workshop was to prepare them to take and pass the Certification exam. Much of the workshop focused on passing of the Performance portion of the exam, which appears to be the most difficult to pass.


Immediately after registering, the students began placing packets in a weft of hair. The purpose of this exercise was to assign the students to the evaluator who worked most similar to the manner in which the student worked.

On the first day, everyone prepared a mannequin the same way as they would be required to bring it to the examination and also learned how to make swatches.

On the second day, the students were taken through the examination one task at a time. The second day concluded by the trainers taking down the work and scoring it.


One evaluator, Charles Traina , was so excited over the progress of his students he could hardly speak. He stated, "In the 15 years I have been evaluating, I have never seen such perfect work!  It was amazing."

Join us in Washington D.C for the next Mentoring Workshop in July! 
ABCH Certification Mentoring Workshops

Sponsored by Wella


July 19-20   Washington D.C. 


Aspire to become an American Board Certified Haircolorist?  Join us for a two-day hands-on workshop with trained ABCH Evaluators personally guiding you thru the process of the Performance Exam.  


          The 2-Day Workshop is $225.00
Space is limited.
Sign up today at

February issue of The Colorist magazine features "Testing! Testing!" an article about Andre Nizetich!

Here is an excerpt:
Andre the Giant
Andre Nizetich has been sharing what he knows about haircolor with thousands of beauty professionals since the 1970's, when he invented Super Streak...
   Read the whole story in The Colorist digital magazine (link)
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: 

Lowlights from the Editor  
Join us for the 14th Annual Cocktail Party to Kick-off the
2014 Energizing Summit.

Saturday, June 7th. at 7 p.m.
Live music and the first cocktail is on us!!
Visit with friends, meet the educators and relax after your arrival in Los Angeles!

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