American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


April 2014 

In This Issue
Chicago Exam new ABCH
Summit Introductions Continue
Frances Dubose
Tom Dispenza
Irma Jobst
Dr. Hayel Said
Jacobellis & Traina
Continuing Education Credits
Next Mentoring Workshop
Keune Endorse ABCH Summit
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Tennessee Beauty Legislation
Lowlights from the Editor

14th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit

LAX Marriott Hotel  
Los Angeles, CA   
June 8-9, 2014
Classes are filling quickly! 
Chicago Hosts the first ABCH Certification Exam of 2014!

Chicago Exam March 2014

Chicago ABCH examination nets 15 new certified haircolorists. This was the first examination for 2014 and it was also the largest examination held in Chicago with 34 candidates. For the first time the exam was held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. In the past, the exam has been held at the at the McCormick Center in conjunction with the Americas Beauty Show. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the show and the number of classes held at the show, the producers were not able to accommodate the examination. Hopefully we will be able to return to McCormick Center next year. Evaluating at this exam were Tamara Dahill, Toni Mondragon, Andi Makowski and Pamela Pacheco.
The next examination will be held in Denver on April 13th.  Congratulations to all of our new ABCH certified Haircolorists!
Introducing More 2014 Energizing Summit Educators!
 Color to Fit the Design
Frances Dubose
Intergradation of a color to enhance your cut takes real talent. The ability to visualize the final look before you start the design requires mastery of both haircolor and haircutting. 

Frances is one of those rare talents that can put together edgy haircolor then enhance it with a cut. This is a class you have been waiting for. Designs so outstanding you can take them and use them in the salon tomorrow.
Forget the Hype and Get Real!
Tom Dispenza
Tom gets right to the point, so this is what to expect in his class:
Whats really important when coloring hair?
  • Ingredients, Formulation and Effect
  • Why using better ingredients gives the healthier the hair.
  • The better the formula, the longer lasting the color.
  • How does the product really effect the hair?
  • Color Reds, Blondes, Brunettes and Gray coverage better than ever before! No hype, just straight facts. 
Retailing Success
Irma Jobst

If you are confused about products and how they are developed let Irma Jobst unravel the uncertainty surrounding these products, M.E.A., ammonia, sulfates and many others. You want the truth, she will help you.  

Irma has an MBA in cosmetic chemistry so she knows the products that work and the ones that do not. She is an advocate for private labeling your products to assure your future retailing. With companies diverting products and raising prices it may be time to private label. It is cheaper than you think. Those who attend her class will receive a free sample of her products.   

The Science Behind a Perfect Haircolor
Dr. Hayel Said
Who best to learn what makes a perfect haircolor then from someone with a doctorate in cosmetic chemistry? Dr. Said, with vast knowledge in the field of haircolor, is highly qualified to teach this class.
This educational experience will give the individual an in-depth knowledge on the subject of haircolor.  No bells or whistles here, just hard clear facts about the chemicals we work with every day. He is the person who can separate fact from fiction better than anyone else, as he speaks in a very down to earth, understandable manner. Come to the class armed with questions.
Hands-On High-Low Lighting*
Ginger Jacobellis & Charles Traina
High-Low lighting is a service every haircolorist needs to know. Whether you are giving a client some dimension on her over blonded hair or if you are doing a major color change, High-Low lighting could be the answer.
This is a very versatile technique so this class requires that you have basic foiling skills. You will be learning how to formulate for hair that is extremely porous, the ratio of highlights to low lights and what you need to be cautious of when performing this service. The High-Low lighting requirements for the ABCH exam will also be covered. This is a very exciting class by two outstanding haircolorists.
If you have not perfected your High-Low lighting skills this class is for you.
* 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. 



The American Board of Certified Haircolorists has 
been approved by the state of Illinois to issue
Continuing Education credits. Continuing education credits must be issued by a enterprise that is not affiliated with a manufacturer.


* The cosmetologist will receive one hour of credit for every hour of seat time.  

* The Energizing Summit will qualify for 16 hours of credit for the two days of education.  

As it currently stands, you will only receive 6 hours of credit for taking the examination. It does not matter if you pass or fail the examination. ABCH will attempt to issue credit for the time required to study and prepare for the examination. Many candidates study for well over 100 hours or more in preparation to take the examination and prepare the mannequin and swatches.

Three cheers for wisdom, Illinois! 

ABCH Certification Mentoring Workshop
                                Sponsored by Wella


                 July 27-28  Washington D.C. 


After the amazing success of the Los Angeles mentoring program, it is no wonder the mentoring program is almost sold out for Washington DC. The program will take place at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center on July 27-28.

Join us for a two-day hands-on workshop with trained ABCH Evaluators personally guiding you thru the process of the Performance Exam.  


  Register today 
     Space still Availible  



The Keune haircolor company, not only condones their educators teaching at the Summit, they encourage it; something not endorsed by many manufacturers. Some manufacturers claim the ABCH curriculum confuses people and prefer their educators not get involved.

According to Christian Faircloth, Director of Education for Keune, "There is absolutely no conflict with what the American Board of Certified Haircolorists teaches and the Keune curriculum. We find the educators who teach at the Summit are better equipped to teach haircolor, especially those educators who are also evaluators. Keune fully supports ABCH and what they stand for".

Hooray for Keune! We need more companies like Keune and Wella to endorse ABCH. Raising the standard of professional haircoloring will benefit the entire industry.
2014 ABCH Examination Dates

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


Links for more info:  

  ABCH Certification Exam Registration     

Andre Cheers for Tennessee

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The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced the state of Tennessee has put out a red alert -
state legislation recently passed that allows a student of cosmetology to spend half of their school hours working in a salon under the tutelage of a licensed barber.


What a great opportunity for students to receive hands-on experience actually working in a salon. They must complete the entire course prior to being eligible to taking the examination for a license. Schools came out screaming en mass that this legislation will undermine the beauty industry, but only good things will happen because of this legislation. There will be students learning in salons, proving that they intend to work in the salon before graduating and receiving a license.

If the student does a good job working in the salon, they are assured of a position in the salon when licensed. In California, 35,000 cosmetologists are licensed each year, but no additional tax paying jobs have been added. What!?! Yes, taxpayers are subsidizing an underground kitchen beauty industry.

Fight on Tennessee! ABCH will have a survey to see who is in favor of limiting the number of cosmetologists to just what we need or flooding America with thousands of cosmetologists who end up working underground.

Lowlights from the Editor  
Reading Facebook posts between Summit educators, Andrea Shumate and  Brenda Amaral, I found this nugget of haircolor wisdom: 
Andrea Shumate :    
Why do hairspray and volumizing products cause new color to lift?  
What are the ingredients we should be looking for and/or avoiding?
 Brenda Amaral:  
Anything out of a can is going to strip haircolor.  They are normally crazy high in pH and loaded with ammonia/ammoniated compounds, alcohols and other drying ingredients. Products high in pH will swell the cuticle and flush more color down the drain as well. Look for volumizing products with lots of proteins for volume and body instead! 
We use hairspray to get color out if our clothes when we are working at the salon, then we spray fresh color with it?!?

Problem? Question? Complaint? Suggestion?   

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