Over 70,000 beauty professionals, educators, students and salon owners, from across the country, gathered at the 2018 America’s Beauty Show (ABS) on April 28-30, to get inspired and experience an educational and action-filled beauty and hair show.

Held at McCormick Place North in Chicago, the event featured more than 400 exhibitors showcasing top professional brands, runways which displayed work from top creative artists and ColorFest to inspire careers in hair colour through education and product knowledge.

The event featured influencers including Matty Conrad who were in attendance, along with a Fabulous Fades competition which was featured on the Cosmoprof Centre Stage.

Trends and techniques which were also showcased in presentations by top British stylists including Efi Davies, Indira Schauwecker and Cos Sakkas, who traveled from the U.K. to showcase Label.M’s latest collection.

The Beauty Changes Lives Experience, a fundraising event which featured presentations by brands including American Crew, Wella Professionals, Redken and more, also returned to ABS for the sixth year in a row while their NextGen team runway creation, developed by Pivot Point International, was an interpretation of the theme Exposed.

Industry influencers and leaders including Tony Rizzo, Luis Alvarez, Kris Sorbie and Tracey Hughes were judges in the second annual 2018 ABS Global Image Awards, a photo competition showcasing the best original work in hair styles, colours and cuts in eight categories.

The event ended on Sunday evening with an exciting announcement at The Art Institute of Chicago revealing the winners.

Congratulations to all!

Avant Garde

Ziortza Zarauza, Centro Beta, San Sebastián, Spain

ColorAmerica Colorist of the Year

Daniel Rubin, Paul Rehder Salon, Chicago, IL


Chrystopher Benson, CBC, South Weber, UT


Sal Misseri, Reverie Salon, Chicago, IL

Men’s Cutting

Jordi Pérez, La Barberia de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain

Salon Team

David Barron Salon Team, Barron’s London Salon, Atlanta, GA

Haircutting by David Barron; Color by David Barron, Brooke Van Etten, Teresa Burnard and Kyla Green; Make-Up by Lan Grealis; and Photography by John Rawson


Jamal Edmonds, Lamaj in the City, Washington, D.C.


Tyler Bearer, Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH



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