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We Celebrated Our 95th Year in 2018!

APRIL 28 - 30, 2018
McCormick Place North  | Chicago

America's Beauty Show® is your Midwest Beauty Show® 

Where did salon pros go to get inspiration for all the new looks, new colors, new tools and techniques clients will ask for this spring and summer? They went to America’s Beauty Show, April 28-30, 2018, of course!

And for those three days Chicago became the center of the beauty world to more than 58,000 professionals from around the globe.

America’s Beauty Show offered several high fashion Runways @ ABS with the very top-of-the-crop of creative artists –including CosmoProf Center Stage, Midway Star Salon Services stage, Premier Beauty Supply stage, and the SalonCentric Stage, all offered non-stop education during all three days of ABS.

Pros shopped 400+ exhibits for everything they needed to stay on top of their salon and spa game…new hair color launches were everywhere, the hottest new makeup palettes and new nail shades for summer were a sight to be seen, there were tools, capes and shears, oh my!

Colorists ignited their color careers at the three-hour ColorFest, where they learned more to earn more with best-in-class education and product knowledge.

CIDESCO, the world standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy, and CIDESCO USA announced the launch of new Certificates which will appeal to the growing number of estheticians who want to specialize in their areas of interest. The announcement was also made that the CIDESCO World Congress will be held just prior to America’s Beauty Show in 2019.

Events, Awards, Exhibits and Education

Kicking off the Show was a high-fashion, high-energy evening event by Label.m on Saturday night.

The Beauty Changes Lives Experience and Legacy Award Dinner on Sunday was a night to remember Horst Rechelbacher and honor the talents and creativity of the industry’s NEXTGEN. 

The ABS Global Image Award Winners were celebrated at the Beauty Changes Lives Experience. NAHA Finalists were announced during ABS. The Jerry Gordon Salon Business Award was presented to Eric Fisher, Eric Fisher Salons and Mr. Hidetaka Yoshikawa, President of Takara Belmont was awarded the Fred A. Piattoni Award for Industry Service. The Presidents’ Scholarship Awards were also presented.

Advanced education and edutainment was over the top, with lively business panels, all kinds of barbering, hands-on design classes, color, cutting, makeup and more. Returning for the second year, Chicago Says No More: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training Classes taught more than 3,000 professionals to Listen. Support. Connect. on this important topic.

The lively spring weekend offered stunning Chicago cityscapes and gorgeous weather for attendees to take advantage of world class restaurants, sports events, Magnificent Mile shopping and the big city vibe that are so close to America's Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago. McCormick Place North in downtown Chicago was THE place to be, seen and be seen.

America's Beauty Show (ABS) returns to Chicago on yet another warm spring weekend, March 30 - April 1, 2019, at McCormick Place North.
The three-day event owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago, will host salon owners, cosmetologists, students, colorists, nail techs, barbers and estheticians and offer best-in-class advanced education by leaders in the industry, plus hundreds of exhibits by top hair care and color manufacturers, nail and skin care brands, tools, and salon furnishings. 


About America’s Beauty Show®

America’s Beauty Show (ABS) is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC). Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians, stylists and colorists from all over the world attend ABS every year to experience superior education and innovation in all aspects of beauty, as well as gain inspiration to take back to their salons. With more than 70,000 salon professionals and owners, aspiring students and teachers, headliners and educators, leading product manufacturers and distributor personnel showing their latest products and distributors, America’s Beauty Show is a great destination for serious beauty professionals.

“America’s Beauty Show is the engine that runs our not-for-profit association, Cosmetologists Chicago (CC). With more than 17,500 members, CC supports all segments of the professional beauty industry – hairdressing students and schools, salon/spa owners, employees and independent contractors, distributors and manufacturers." 

“From our many scholarships and the ABS Global Image Awards competition to our support of HairWorld competitions; from the new Nail Technician Certification programming through our International Nail Technicians Association (INTA) to bringing new energy and education to estheticians through CIDESCO Section USA, Cosmetologists Chicago is far from the local group of hairdressers who started it all more than 100 years ago."

“We are now an internationally recognized powerhouse in a dynamic, ever-changing industry. It’s your support through attending or exhibiting at America’s Beauty Show that allows us to give back to the industry and professionals we represent. Thank you.”

- Larry Silvestri, president, Cosmetologists Chicago; COO, Mario Tricoci Salons and Spas

Did you know? Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC) members and members of the International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA), the American Association for Esthetics® (AAE), CIDESCO U.S.A. and Cosmetologists Illinois® (CI) receive FREE admission to America's Beauty Show!

PLUS - your exhibit hall admission includes FREE admission to IECSC Chicago, giving you access to 200+ spa and wellness exhibitors, education and more!

Join us March 30 - April 1, 2019, at McCormick Place North in downtown Chicago
Learn more about exclusive member benefits and join our organization when you register for America's Beauty Show!

The Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Finance and of Professional Regulation (license #190-00101).

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Photo Recap - ABS 2018 - April 28-30, 2018


ABS 2018 Grand Concourse