Top Hair and Barber Associations for Networking
By Jaime Viera
If you haven’t already, it is a great idea to get familiar with and join associations in the beauty industry. Joining associations and getting involved allows you to get connected and begin networking within the community of other professionals just like yourself.
Networking is one of the best ways to get your name out there. In addition, it’s important when it comes to keeping up with the latest trends and building and maintaining a client base.
Below you will find a list of associations, trade shows, and other helpful links to find and connect with peers and potential mentors. Professional cosmetology associations can be great resources for job leads, continuing education and license renewal information, events, and more.
Founded in 1924, AACS is a national, non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts & sciences. The membership includes cosmetology, skin, nail, barbering and massage schools.
AACS specializes in updating members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events and Washington, DC updates. AACS offers seminars, conferences and conventions. AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education. This “networking” is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.
America’s Beauty Show is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC). Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians and estheticians 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.
The International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN) represents the global voice for the multi-location salon and spa segment of the professional beauty industry. The ISBN members have salons and spas throughout the world. Working together, multi-location salons can and will effect positive change for our business and the industry.
PBA advances the professional beauty industry by providing members with the tools and resources for success. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons/spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals.
Becoming a Board Certified Haircolorist sets qualified individuals apart from the masses and establish a higher level of professionalism and credibility for the consumer. Board Certified Haircolorists will give new clients the ability to select those haircolorists that have reached a higher level of competence. It also will give the haircolor professional more esteem and professionalism in the eyes of the consumer.
Associated Hair Professionals (AHP) is a membership organization providing comprehensive liability insurance and business support resources for professional hairstylists and barbers. AHP was founded by the same people responsible for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP), the nation’s largest professional membership associations in their respective fields.
The American Barber Association serves over 150,000 barbershops and other hair care establishments in the United States.
Do you have any others that should be added to our list? If so, let us know in the comments below 🙂