American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


October 2014 

In This Issue
Washington DC Exam New ABCH
Salon Services Growing
2015 ABCH Mentoring Date
eSalon Prospering
Six Keys to Six Figures
Chase Wakeling, RIP
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Lowlights from the Editor

15th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit
June 28-29, 2015 
LAX Marriott Hotel  
Los Angeles, CA  
Come Learn With Us! 
Washington, D.C. Exam 2014 - Our New Group of ABCH   

The mentoring program produced the largest turnout of the year with 63 candidates for the Washington DC exam. It also proved that taking the mentoring workshop has been very effective in candidates receiving passing scores in the performance portion of the examination. A total of 24 candidates who attended the Mentoring Workshop took the exam in Washington DC. Of those, 17 candidates passed the performance portion of the exam and only 4 fell short on the written and did not pass the entire exam. 
The evaluators for the examination did a great job in staying and finishing on time, difficult to do with that many candidates. The evaluators were Ginger Jacobellis, Charles Traina, Jay Marshlick, Courtney von Berg, Toni Mondragon, Emma Hirsch, Pamela Pacheco, Paul Morrison and Tamara Dahill. The next exam will be held in Atlanta on November 9. A large field of candidates are expected there with many of the candidates who failed in DC attending the Atlanta examination.
Congratulations to our newest Board Certified Colorists! Well done.


Salons of all types, independent artistic, large and regional chains, and chair and suite rentals report that haircolor services are vital to the very survival and growth of their business and to the salon industry as a whole. So says Cyrus Bulsara, of Professional Salon Haircolor Study from Professional Consultants & Resources.  

Professional haircolor product sales at manufacturers shipment dollars grew 3.6% in 2013 to $783 million. Salon haircolor continues to be the primary driver of the salon business around which all other services revolve. Haircolor initially bring in clients into the salon for haircolor services, who then subsequently return for retouches, cuts, styling and blowouts and other services

The haircolor category is projected to continue growing strongly over the next five years. In service dollars the 2013 statistics show a 3.7% growth to $16.1 billion. Is your salon geared of for this growth spurt? Staff education will be critical if you are going to be a part of this gushing revenue stream.  

How better to accomplish this than to become an American Board Certified Haircolorist. You will be amazed at what this will do for the morale of your salon. Remember, education does not always mean educational. Select your educators wisely.



Excitement is mounting in preparation of the ABCH Performance Exam Workshop to be held in Atlanta on February 15-16. The same high quality education is planned and it will prove to be even better than those held last year.

Attending workshops in 2014, we were surprised to see there were students who had never placed foils in the hair, working next to some who had 20 years experience.

We will recruit as many evaluators as necessary to give each student the necessary attention to make it a memorable experience. Regardless of where you are in your level of expertise this workshop will enhance your skills as an elite haircolorist.


The price for the February two-day Mentoring Workshop is $395

Registration will soon be available on the ABCH website.  

Attendance will be limited.

For information contact Alicia at the
ABCH office. 310-547-0814



We were tempted to order a package to see what the excitement was all about. At the rate the company appears to be growing it had to be something special, after all it is still a box color. Was the lure that you can buy the color on line? That can't be it; you can purchase anyone's box color on eBay.

The answer has got to be the manner in which it is packaged and the fact they emphasize the haircolor is customized specifically for you. When making the purchase you go online and answer a series of questions. If you wish, you can send a picture and talk with a formulator. Is it possible to rely on someone to formulate your color by the answers you give the computer?

The packaging is beautiful and includes gloves, clips,bowl,brush and small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and generic cream peroxide. Also included is a bottle of haircolor with a label that indicates, "Formulated especially for (Your Name). 

What happens if they formulate the wrong color or you are not happy with the results? We are planning to visit the factory to find the answers to our questions.



Kate Hall is a cosmetologist who earns over $100,000 a year working four days a week. There are numerous hairdressers who are able to produce this amount of money working in the high-end district where people charge $200.00 for a haircut. This is not Kate Hall. She works in a moderate size town in Colorado and is a Board Certified Haircolorist. She is willing to take you through the step-by-step process of how you can earn this a  mount of money working alone in a Suite Salon. The title of her book is, SIX KEYS TO SIX FIGURE HAIRSTYLING.

An impressive passage- " If you want your clients to see you as a professional, you must act and look like one. When you dress well, your client expects to pay you more." Read this last sentence again and let it sink in.  

If you would like to earn more money, read her book and follow Kate's advice.  

Chase Wakeling, Summit Educator, Passes Away 


Chase had talent and skills as well as the ability to communicate to his peers in a way few could. He had such a passion for the beauty industry and wanted to see it grow and make a better life for all hairdressers. He educated many years at the ABCH Energizing Summit where his classes were always filled.   

Chase was Vice President of Education for the Carabito Corporation and he spearheaded their Sunday night Hair/Fashion Show at the Northeast Educational Conference. The fashion show will now be held in his honor.

The haircoloring community will miss him tremendously.

We all love you Chase.

     2014 ABCH Examination Dates

               Atlanta .................  November 9          

Links for more info: 


  ABCH Certification Exam Registration     

Lowlights from the Editor 

Historically, "good hair" means something far different that what we think of today. Centuries ago, it had nothing to do with race or the texture of hair, nor did it mean cleaner hair. Many people wore an excess of perfume to conceal the nasty smell of unwashed hair and bodies. "Good hair" referred to the wealthy who could afford hair adornments, wigs and extensions, hair dyes and servants to style their hair.  "Good hair" might have been lightened to reds and blondes through application of urine, as the ammonia would act as a lightener boosted by sunbathing with their skin covered to prevent freckling. Yuck- so glad we have come so far both in haircolor technology and personal hygiene! 

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