American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


End of May  2015 

In This Issue
Summit Introductions Continue
Denise Fraser
Toni Mondragon
Dennis Gebhart
Roy Peters
Mary Petillo
Summit Hotel Deadline
Color Forum- Guy Tang on the panel
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Beauty Changes Lives
Kevin Murphy Haircolor
Lowlights from the Editor

15th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit
June 28-29, 2015 
LAX Marriott Hotel  
Los Angeles, CA


 Summit registration has increased over previous years. 

Sign up soon as classes are filling quickly!


Continuing Introduction of our Summit Educators:  

Killer Corrective Techniques 

Denise Fraser, ABCH  

Sunday: 9:30am,  2:00pm
Monday: 11:00am,  3:30pm


Killer Corrective Techniques is a class on how to implement various foiling methods. Most corrective haircolors must be applied
with some type of dimensional application. It is all a matter of taking a careful assessment of the hair you are going to be working on and giving the client some options.
Some quick and easy techniques will be demonstrated and can offer a solution for those who have some difficulty with solving corrective haircolor problems. 
Denise is a dynamo! You will love her class.

The Importance of Mannequin Prep                                      

Toni Mondragon, ABCH  

Sunday: 9:30 am 

Monday: 2:00 pm  

Lecture ABCH Curriculum

A Two Phase, Two day Class to include:
Instruction of Preparation of Swatches and Mannequin Preparation
This class is designed to help the potential candidate achieve the goals
expected to pass the mannequin prep portion of the ABCH Performance Exam. Toni will demonstrate step by step instructions of foil preparation, the importance of the size of a slice, product workability, easy how-to-check progress of packets, workmanship and timing critical to achieving pale yellow stage while maintaining a correct grade of porosity. The importance of a good mannequin prep reassures the evaluator of the patience of the candidate. Toni will explain the grading process and criteria the evaluator follows for each candidates' score. Hand outs will be given so the class can follow along.

Sensational Swatches!

Toni Mondragon, ABCH
Sunday:11:00 am 

Monday: 3:30 pm  

Lecture ABCH Curriculum    

Phase Two, Class Two
Have you tried to make color swatches?! Do your swatches get wimpy after you shampoo out the color? Do you know the importance of Stages of Lightening? Can you distinguish between gold and pale gold or yellow and pale yellow? Does it really take four hours to
reach a pale yellow? These questions can be answered by attending this hands-on demonstration of Swatch Preparation for the ABCH Performance Exam. Toni will throw in a few "tips" of her own to help you achieve sensational swatches not just for the ABCH Performance Exam but for your own experiments with your own color! Step by step hand outs will be included for the participant.

The Pathway to Haircolor Mastery    

                                      Dennis Gebhart 

Sunday:  11:00am
Monday:  9:30am,  2:00pm

Lecture Demonstration


Tell me and I forget
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn
With this mantra Dennis Gebhart has dedicated over 3 decades of his
industry career to helping Salon Professionals understand and master
the art of Haircolor. His "Whole Brain Learning" style sets him apart from others. It starts with the foundation, then through conceptualizing, leading to technique and application choice and culminating with the finished results. He will lead you through the principles of haircolor design and placement. He invites you to join him and his team onto a journey into the world of Haircolor Mastery. It will be worth your time,
Framing the Face with Haircolor
Roy Peters  
Sunday: 11:00am
Monday: 9:30am,  2:00pm

The ability to understand lights and shadows and how this simple concept will lay the groundwork for successful haircoloring.
This is just one of many concepts Roy will cover in his astounding classes. Becoming a top-notch haircolorist requires you know the colors you are working with and how they will affect the face shape when applied properly. Haircolor is much more than mixing and applying a haircolor to your client, we are basically problem solvers, and the interaction with clients relies heavily on your communication skills.
Roy is a master of conveying information to his audience. His classes are always fabulous. Don't miss Roy Peters!

The ABC's of ABCH                       

Mary Petillo, ABCH 

Sunday: 9:30 am 2 pm                                                     

Lecture ABCH Curriculum
 In studying to take the ABCH examination, Mary Petillo was taken with how much easier her haircolor decisions became. In this class she will review the ABCH curriculum and what she perceives to be the parts of the curriculum that were most important to her and why. These are --- the haircolor categories, the gray card rule and the grading of porosity.
Already a competent haircolorist, she found a renewed enthusiasm for her work. The ability to communicate with her clients in a more intellectual manner was important to her, and as a result her business flourished. This class will be extremely helpful if you plan to take the ABCH examination.
How Haircolor Reacts to Porosity
Mary Petillo, ABCH  
Monday: 11:00 am , 3:30 pm
Lecture ABCH Curriculum  
This is a class that will explore all aspects of porosity and how it affects haircolor. Special emphasis will be placed on the American Board of Certified Haircolorists "porosity grading system." This unique system of grading porosity will give you a thorough understanding
of the construction of hair, how it becomes porous, the danger zone, how to recognize and prevent it. Learn the difference between perm porosity, relaxer porosity and color porosity. This is a fascinating class that will enlighten you on how to adjust your haircolor for the best result possible. There are many visuals provided that give the subject clarity. This class is good for those who want to become Board Certified or anyone looking to have a better vision and knowledge of porosity.
Energizing Summit in June-
The Marriott Hotel is five minutes from the Los Angeles Airport, with free shuttle service available to and from the airport. The hotel is located within thirty minutes of several points of interest.
A block of rooms has been set aside for this function. To take advantage of the special price of $129.00 per night, single or double, you must make your reservations before June 11, 2015. Make certain the hotel knows you are with the Energizing Summit.
For those wishing to arrive early or stay later, the same rates are available for three days prior and three days after the function. If you are driving in, parking is available adjacent to the hotel for $12.00 per day or valet parking for $18.00 per day, with Summit validation.  To make room reservations call (800) 228-9290

Terms and conditions
The ABCH Energizing Summit is the production of the American Board of Certified
Haircolorists, a non profit corporation. All proceeds from the Energizing Summit will be
used to fund the administration of the ABCH.
The price is $250.00 for American Board Certified Haircolorists and $300.00 for non Board Certified Haircolorists. Register online at Refunds will be given if canceled by June 8, 2015. An administration fee of $50.00 will be deducted from the refund if canceled.
2015 Color Forum at Summit

The  Sunday  afternoon  Color Forum is a popular event and a  special  feature  of  the Energizing  Summit. Tony  Fanelli,  the  Forum  Narrator,  has  selected  a  panel  of industry  experts  made  up  of  a  cross  section  of  the  beauty  industry.  
This  year  we  are  excited  to  have Guy  Tang  as  a  special  guest  joining  the panel.  He  has  created  a  sensation in  the  beauty  industry  in  just  three  years.

Guy  will be  answering  questions  on how he  manages  his  social  media  and  how  he retouches  those outrageous  haircolors  he creates.
The  forum  is  two  hours  in  length  and  becomes  very  lively.  The  past  forums have been  well  received  by  everyone  in  attendance  because  they  have  the opportunity  to express  their  views  on  many  of  the  problems  the  industry  is  faced with.  To  attend  the  Forum  you  must  be  a  registered  attendee  of  the  Summit  and  will  be required  to  show  your  badge at the door.
                 2015 ABCH Examination Dates

Los Angeles, CA..
July 12
Boston, MA.....
August 23
Sarasota, FL....
September 20
Washington, DC .....
October 18 
Atlanta, GA.....
November 8  
                     Links for more info: 


  ABCH Certification Exam Registration     



If you want to take and pass the ABCH examination there is no better way to prepare than to take the ABCH Mentoring Workshop. Two days of hands on training will guide you through the examination step by step, foil placement by foil placement. The training is supervised by some of the very best haircolorists who have evaluated hundreds of exam candidates. They know exactly the mistakes made when someone failed and what you have to do to overcome those same mistakes. 
Visit ABCH to register.

The American Board of Haircolorists (ABCH) is seeking funds to provide Mentoring Workshops. Their program currently in place fills the criteria of "Beauty Changes Lives"(BCL).
The ABCH Mentoring Program currently in place has proven to be a winner by all involved. It works for both new and seasoned hairdressers to become better haircolorists.  Two days of intense training will not produce a skilled haircolorist, but they will have a greater understanding of what is required to be a knowledgeable colorist. It will inspire them to continue their education and become Board Certified.
More than ever, colorists are flooded with new trends, techniques, products and companies that can be overwhelming. ABCH curriculum helps you understand the chemistry and physics of haircolor beyond a product brand. Generic haircolor education imparts knowledge and empowerment since the haircolor knowledge gained is easily transferred from brand to brand.
Recent beauty school graduates often lack the skill to satisfy our demanding clients, the result is often a dissatisfied client who may not return to a salon for his or her haircoloring services. Statistics show a greater number of clients are abandoning salon services in favor of home "box"coloring. The popularity of YouTube gives potential clients information to challenge the haircolorists. 
The bold type below can be found in the criteria for "Beauty Changes Lives.'

 "Talent development programs such as competitions, mentorship and awards help newly licensed hairdressers hone their creativity."



Kevin Murphy is one of the most successful, talented hairdressers in Australia.   He hails from Melbourne where he owns and manages several salons. He calls his haircolor line Color.Me, by Kevin Murphy, after himself, why not ? It has been marketed in Europe and 42 countries including Canada, now he is going to give the USA a go. Our economy is coming back, why not introduce another line of haircolor? What ends up happening is Kevin Murphy will take customers from existing lines in turn the other companies have to raise their prices to make up for the losses they incurred from losing customers to the new color line. Perhaps the CEO of Kevin Murphy Rick Rosenbloom will come up with some creative means of producing more competent haircolorists, something no one else has been able to do. Rosenbloom is a former CEO of the Wella company. Dawn Blackstone will handle marketing of Kevin Murphy; she held a marketing a position for Pureology prior to joining Kevin Murphy.
Lowlights from the Editor    



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