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Innovation, Creativity on Display in Long Beach

by Michelle Breyer on Friday, February 1st, 2013


Long Beach, Calif. –

More than five years ago, inventor Nick Johnson was watching all the excitement over the keratin boom. Stylists, including his wife, were excited by the potential to offer their clients an easy way to smooth their hair, and the technique also provided huge revenue potential.

But Johnson also saw the downside. Stylists and their clients often were irritated by the fumes created when the hot flat iron was applied to the keratin formula.

“My wife said ‘You have to invent something,’” Johnson said of his wife Marzia Johnson, who owns the Marzia Salon in San Francisco, Calif. “So I spent two weeks in my workshop inventing a device.”

The result is the Izunami Fume Iron, a device that extracts fumes such as formaldehyde gas, odors, and VOC’s by suctioning the vapors directly through the flat iron into an air purification system.

“I believe this product provides stylists and their clients with peace of mind,” Johnson says.

Right: Izunami fume iron, Left: ISSE

Right: Izunami fume iron, Left: ISSE attendee

Right: Izunami fume iron, Left: ISSE attendee

Stylists got their first look at the Izunami Fume Iron at the Professional Beauty Association’s International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach the last weekend in January.

Creativity and innovation were on display throughout the ISSE show, which kicks off the hair show season. Whether it was watching top talents like Nick Arrojo and Martin Parsons show off their cutting and styling skills or looking at some of the newest product developments, stylists had plenty to inspire them.

For those stylists specializing in texture, there were a number of new product introductions, including Yuko’s Anti-Frizz, a gentler version of its straightening product designed to tame frizz rather than eliminate curl. Other standouts include Amika’s new Straight Up Straightening Balm and Haute Mess Texture Gel; Erayba’s HydraKer Keratin & Argan Oil Therapy Line and Neuma Beauty’s NeuSmooth line.


Right: ISSE attendee, Left: InStyler straightening curls

ISSE Long Beach always has a diverse exhibitor base, and 2013 was no exception. Known as the launch pad for new beauty products and services, ISSE Long Beach 2013 featured amore than 400 beauty brands ranging such industry leaders as Rusk and Farouk Systems to hot brands like Macadamia Natural Oil and Moroccan Natural Oil.

Keratin treatments continued to be a major focus for many companies, although the number of companies has dwindled due to competition and calls for safer products.

If ISSE is a barometer of what 2013 holds for stylists and salons, there is reason for optimism. Many brands said sales were up noticeably from last year.

Professional Beauty Association & Milady Expand BeautyU

by CurlStylist on Monday, November 14th, 2011

To continue expanding its array of educational opportunities for its membership and the industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Milady, a provider of leading beauty and wellness solutions to help support beauty professionals in personal career development and overall business success for more than 80 years.

This partnership will enhance PBA’s online and on-demand education program, BeautyU, which is targeted to manufacturers, distributors, salon/spa owners and licensed professionals. By working with Milady, PBA will be able to expand the amount and array of top-notch education on topics, including marketing, finance, operations, leadership, safety guidelines, new style techniques, human resources and more. The menu of offerings will include online classes, live and archived webinars, CDs/DVDs and books.

In addition, by partnering with Milady, PBA will also be able to expand its on-site classes and training sessions at PBA’s family of events, including the International Salon and Spa Expos (ISSE) in Long Beach and the Chicago area along with PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas.

“PBA is continually working to ensure that our members and the industry have access to first-rate and relevant education that helps drive personal and business success.” states Jessi Marshall, PBA’s Director of Industry Programs & Education. ”With the Milady educational partnership, we firmly believe we have the most comprehensive educational offerings available for the beauty industry.”

The offerings provided by BeautyU in partnership with Milady are available for PBA members and non-members; although PBA members receive a substantial discount.

Wondering what courses you can take? Access PBA’s educational offerings.

Texture Big at 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards

by Michelle Breyer on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces the finalists for the 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)! As the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, NAHA celebrates the creativity and skill of the professional salon industry. From avant-garde and editorial styling to recognizing the business savvy nature of salon owners, winning a NAHA award is a true pinnacle career achievement.

As always, textured hair is one of the highlights of the annual competition, showcasing some of the most dramatic artistry and latest innovations.

The NAHA Award’s Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. An evening filled with high-energy, creative expression and artistic presentations by some of the industry’s leading figures including current Hairstylist of the Year, Tony Ricci, the 2011 NAHA Award’s Ceremony is the perfect place to salute rising stars and industry icons. NAHA 2011 is part of PBA Beauty Week, which also includes PBA Symposium, Beacon, Best Practice Club, the City of Hope Charity Gala, and is hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

NAHAs are given in 13 distinct categories, including: Hairstylist of the Year, Master Stylist, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Classic, Editorial Stylist, Fashion Forward, Haircolor, Makeup Artist of the Year, Salon Design, Salon MBA, Student Hairstylist, Salon Team and Texture.

In addition to winning the NAHA, the 2011 Hairstylist of the Year winner will also be flown to New York City for meetings with leading consumer beauty editors and appear on the nationally syndicated lifestyle television program, BETTER.

NAHA also salutes two professionals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the industry. NAHA 2011 is proud to present its top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Michael O’Rourke, an internationally renowned hairstylist, salon owner, educator, and businessman. NAHA 2011 is also pleased to induct entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stan Klet Sr., into the NAHA Hall of Leaders.

NAHA continues to draw from a diverse and internationally renowned list of hairstylist and makeup artists from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Switzerland.

Judges included Angelo Seminara, Kris Sorbie, Vivienne Mackinder, Tabatha Coffey, Ruth Roche, Mary Brunetti, Darren Bain, Bennie Tognini, Robert Lobetta, Kendall Ong, Jamie Carroll, Gary Sunderland, Heather Wenman, Antoinette Beenders, Dean Banowetz, Nicholas French, Sam Brocato, Anthony Morrison, Mark Hayes, Sharon Blaine, Eveline Charles, Leon Alexander, Jonathan Lovett, Damian Stoney, James Morrison, Damien Carney, Michael Baker, Will Bruder and several others.

Via a blind entry process, entries were narrowed down to five finalists per category, and one winner in each category will be chosen.

The NAHA festivities kick off with a Red Carpet Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a star-studded Awards Ceremony featuring special artistic presentations, live entertainment and special guest appearances.

PBA’s Salon and Spa Performance Index Records Revealed

by Susonnah Gonzalez on Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Salon & Spa Performance Index (SSPI) recorded a modest decline of 0.3 percent for the third quarter of 2010 to stand at 103.3. The SSPI is a quarterly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. salon/spa industry. Following a record high in the second quarter of 2010 at 103.6, the SSPI remains in positive territory and is up 1.4 percent year-over-year. Softer retail sales and customer traffic levels in the third quarter are attributed to the decline, a first for the Index.


“Even with a slight decline in the Salon & Spa Performance Index, year-over-year results continue to reflect positive growth in the beauty industry,” said Steve Sleeper, Executive Director for the Professional Beauty Association. “The beauty industry is an integral part of the broader economy and continues to demonstrate its resiliency as economic conditions remain uncertain.”

The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA’s “Salon & Spa Industry Tracking Survey” which is fielded quarterly among salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators. It is constructed so that the health of the salon/spa industry is measured in relation to a steady-state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction. The Index consists of two components - the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.

The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours, and capital expenditures), stood at 101.3 in the third quarter - down .9 percent from its second quarter level. A broad-based decline was seen in each of the five indicators, with service and retail sales registering the sharpest declines. Changes in consumer routines due to the summer holiday season that encompasses the third quarter may have had a general impact, however haircuts, coloring, and depletion of styling products should eventually bring consumers back to their normal service and spending levels. Overall the Current Situation Index remains above 100 and in the range of expansion.

The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owners’ six month outlook, considers the following five industry indicators: service sales, retail sales, employees and hours, capital expenditures, and business conditions. With a positive increase of 0.2 percent from the second quarter, salon/spa owners showed slightly more optimism about overall industry growth and future economic conditions. Additionally, a majority of salon/spa owners indicated they expect to expand staffing levels in the months ahead.

Salon/spa owners also became more confident in the direction of the overall economy, after their outlook deteriorated significantly in the second quarter. Sixty-one percent of salon/spa owners said they expect economic conditions to improve in six months, up from 53 percent who reported similarly last quarter.

Check to Ensure Licenses Are Current

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In an effort to maintain high professional standards and the integrity of our industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) recommends beauty professionals take a moment and double check that all required professional licenses are current. While the vast majority of beauty professionals and salon / spa owners are diligent in maintaining up-to-date licenses with state and local governments for the services they perform, even the most conscientious of us can make an honest mistake. An honest mistake, however, could result in fines and/or the closure of a business for an extended period of time. PBA encourages members and non-members alike to make certain all licenses are current for their business as well as for all employees. Most state regulatory boards have an online component via their website in order to check the status of a license.

Salon and spa owners, along with individual professionals, must also guarantee any employee who has moved from another state has met the requirements for license reciprocity (if available). While there is no standard for license reciprocity and in many cases it does not exist between states, the law must be followed and a new license must be obtained.

In addition, recent media reports have reported salons hiring or continuing to employ individuals that do not maintain the required license for beauty services being performed. As both a matter of good business practices and public safety, PBA does not condone such actions. Maintaining the integrity of the beauty industry requires that we continue to meet the high professional standards that are the hallmark of our industry.

Please take a moment and double check that your license is current today!

Industry Groups Battle Over Midwest Trade Shows

by CurlStylist on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Two large industry groups have issued dueling statements in regard to the Professional Beauty Association’s recent announcement that it will launch a major trade show in a Chicago suburb next year, two weeks after Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) holds its big America’s Beauty Show, another major show.

At ABS this year, held shortly after PBA’s startling announcement, many industry insiders expressed shock and surprise at the timing and location of the newly announced show. One noted executive said, “It was like they dropped a bomb.”

“When one seeks change or improvement, it is rarely the heavy handed wielding of a big stick that supports progress,” the executive (who declined to be named) said. “It is a sad day for our industry that such a tactic was used to in an attempt to force change in the show arena in Chicago, whether the change was needed or not.”

Many wonder if the industry, and the midwest, can support two large shows so close together, and what the ramifications for both shows will be. Will manufacturers be able put on their often-lavish productions at two shows so close together, many wonder? Will one show outshine the other? Will one show be forced to cease to be?

We’ll find out eventually, of course, but some industry insiders have thoughts on the matter.

“It’s totally f’ed up,” said an industry veteran, who also asked not to be named. “When you look at the overall picture and how fragmented the industry is and all the acquisitions that have taken place and the dollars and cents, the last thing this industry needs is more fragmentation. ABS (formerly the Midwest Beauty Show) has played the strongest role in the Midwest, and has been nothing but a success. For someone to come and disrupt this for unknown reasons is the worst thing that can happen to the hairdresser in the Midwest.”

Longtime beauty industry publicist Janice McCafferty has a different take on the changes: “Chicago and the Midwest is a huge market for the beauty industry. I feel our profession can handle another show in order to better serve us. Plus, competition never hurts. Maybe in the end we will wind up with the best show in the country serving our industry in the way it should be.”

PBA’s statement indicated, “It is PBA’s desire to work with Cosmetologists Chicago . . . in order to create an event providing increased value for exhibitors and attendees, expanded education, and the opportunity for a more unified industry. PBA is not trying to undermine the ABS show and believes by working with ISSE - Midwest, Cosmetologists Chicago can actually benefit more from this new relationship versus their current situation.

CC responds, “PBA has never provided us with any formal business plan for a relationship between the two groups, or how CC could benefit from such an arrangement. At the only formal meeting between PBA and CC’s management about this issue—which occurred on March 15, just one week before the opening of ABS 2010—PBA failed to provide any explanation as to what benefit CC, its members, or ABS exhibitors would receive in return for CC’s sharing its years of brand equity with PBA.”

PBA also states, “ISSE - Midwest was created in response to a desire from members for an alternative event in the Chicago market. PBA had no intention of engaging in predatory practices, but rather answered the call from members and non-members alike who desired a show with substantially less cost involved, that was located at the popular Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, and that could deliver the professionalism that exhibitors and attendees have come to expect at ISSE - Long Beach and Cosmoprof North America. As an example, PBA’s offer to cover drayage will provide substantial cost savings to exhibitors, which would ideally be passed along to show attendees.”

CC’s response: “Exhibit space rates for ABS 2011 will be the same as for ABS 2010. In most cases, these rates are actually lower than listed rates in PBA’s exhibitor application. We also note that CC does not require exhibitors to become “members” in order to lease space at the ABS. Some materials that PBA has distributed indicate that exhibitors must become PBA members in order to obtain exhibit space.”

We look forward to seeing how this situation plays out, and will keep you posted as we find out more information. If you have thoughts, please post them below in the comments area. We’d love to know what you think.

Salon Outlook Positive in Q3

by Michelle Breyer on Thursday, October 29th, 2009

q3 salon outlook

The outlook for the salon/spa industry remained positive in the third quarter, as the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Salon/Spa Performance Index (SSPI) rose for the second consecutive quarter. The SSPI — a quarterly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. salon/spa industry — stood at 101.9 in the third quarter, up 0.1 percent from its second-quarter level. The SSPI is constructed so that the health of the salon/spa industry is measured in relation to a steady state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction for key industry indicators.

“For the first time this year, salon/spa owners reported a net increase in service sales. However, they also reported that retail sales continue to be soft,” said Sam Leyvas, PBA’s director of government affairs. “Long term we are seeing growing optimism on the part of salon/spa owners both in terms of service and retail sales in the months ahead.

The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA’s Salon/Spa Industry Tracking Survey, which is fielded quarterly among 800 salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators including service and retail sales, customer traffic, employee/hours and capital expenditures. The Index consists of two components — the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.

The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours and capital expenditures), stood at 99.1 in the third quarter - down 0.6 percent from its second quarter level of 99.7. The Current Situation Index has remained below 100 throughout 2009, which represents contraction in the current situation indicators.

For the first time in 2009, salon/spa owners reported a net increase in service sales, meaning more owners reported higher sales than lower sales. Thirty-eight percent of salon/spa owners reported an increase in same-store service sales between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009, while 36 percent reported a sales decline.

Although salon/spa owners reported an improvement in service sales in the third quarter, they continued to report soft retail sales. Forty-seven percent of salon/spa owners reported lower retail sales in the third quarter while thirty-six percent of salon/spa owners reported higher retail sales between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009.

The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owners’ six-month outlook for five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions), rose 0.7 percent in the third quarter to a level of 104.6. The Expectations Index remains well above 100, which indicates that salon/spa owners are optimistic about industry growth in the months ahead.

Third quarter growth in the Expectations Index was driven by growing optimism for both service and retail sales in the months ahead. Fully seven out of 10 salon/spa owners said they expect to have higher service sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year). Only 8 percent of salon/spa owners expect their service sales volume in six months to be lower than it was during the same period in the previous year.

Salon/spa owners are also much more optimistic about stronger retail sales in the months ahead. Sixty-one percent of salon/spa owners said they expect to have higher retail sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year. In comparison, just 9 percent expect their retail sales to decline in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year).

“PBA takes pride in providing timely and relevant economic data to the marketplace,” said Sam Leyvas “doing so is critical to our mission as the industry’s leading trade association.”

The full SSPI and second quarter Salon/Spa Tracking Survey Report can be found at

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