January marks the beginning of lots of things—Dry January, new fitness journeys, and of course, #eventseason. Cue the hair trade shows and beauty cons.
From barbering conventions to salon and hair conferences to beauty expos, the next few months of 2020 are chock full of opportunities for professionals like you who are ready to grow personally and professionally.
Are you trying to learn all-things-color this year? Attend a trade show.
But sometimes, it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Growing your network? Attend a hair, beauty, or barber trade show.
New decade, and you want to party like it’s your favorite one yet? Trade show. (If you want to party like it’s 1969, specifically, we have the trade show just for you).
We know your schedule is booked solid after the holiday season with your business, clients, and getting your life back on track, but you’ve still got to make time for you and your business goals. So we did some digging for you. Scroll through this list of conferences and trade shows to find the right one (or couple) to attend. Chances are, we’ll see you there — just look for the Schedulicity swag.
11 Best Hair Trade Shows, Beauty Expos, and Barber Conventions of 2020
1. Matrix Destination
Dates: January 18-20, 2020
Location: Orlando, FL
Live your life in color at Matrix Destination in a week. For three days, you can attend hands-on technical classes and social media classes with hair gurus including Ricky Zito, Philip Wolff, Mustaga Avci, and more.
PS: Actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox is also joining the lineup, so you really won’t want to miss this.
2. International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE)
Dates: January 24-27, 2020
Location: Long Beach, CA
Meanwhile, on the West coast, ISSE might just be giving Premiere (#8 on our list) a run for its money as one of the biggest hair trade shows of the year. Join industry experts in SoCal for one weekend, including J Ladner, Elizabeth Faye, and Alfredo Lewis, and use it as an opportunity to network, learn from the best, or enjoy some warm sunshine during the winter. Yes, there will be a great party — and yes, several of the Schedulicity team will be there in our best dressed ready to talk online appointment scheduling over festive drinks.
3. International Beauty Show
Dates: February 8-10, 2020
Location: Atlanta, GA
IBS brings some diversity to the world of hair trade shows and beauty industry expos as one of the largest multicultural options on our list. There will be show deals, networking, and entertainment. Oh, and there will be hair battles. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
4. Barbercon, Austin
Dates: March 29, 2020
Location: Austin, TX
‘Keep Austin Weird’ means it’s the perfect place for a throwdown barber battle, right? For one day only, Barbercon brings you epic barber showdowns, awards, classes, workshops, and much more. Ideal for those who want all the excitement minus the multiple-day commitment (and possible conference burnout).
5. American Beauty Show
Dates: April 18-20, 2020
Location: Chicago, IL
Are you a licensed cosmetologist, nail technician, esthetician, student, salon or school owner? Then ABS is definitely the show for you — it’s the ideal mix of hair trade show, beauty expo, and service business convention. Spend tree days in the Windy City learning, networking, and seeing the latest trends, fashion, and fashion unveiled!
6. Barbercon, LA
Dates: April 26, 2020
Location: Los Angeles, CA
If you can’t make the Austin show, don’t worry. Barbercon is coming to LA, too! Here’s your second chance for epic barber battles, awards, classes, workshops, and much more. And even if you do hit Austin’s Barbercon, why not double down? Barbers on Schedulicity tell us that they often go to more than one because they can’t wait to sync back up with long-distance colleagues.
7. Hair Love Retreat
Dates: May 1-5, 2020
Location: Moab, UT
You’re going to hair LOVE (badum-bum-tss!) this 5-day retreat in Southern Utah’s stunning red rock country. You’ll get top-level education, extension certification, attend business workshops, deep-bond at parties, and more. If you want to change your life in five days and leave feeling grounded and supported by fellow hairstylists, this is the hair event for you.
Dates: May 30-June 1, 2020
Location: Orlando, FL
Premiere, often referred to as the biggest hair show of the year, takes place over three days in Orlando, Florida. The who’s who of hair, nails, and lashes attend this trade show, so here’s your chance to network with and learn from renowned stylists and other leaders in your industry.
9. Behind the Chair
Dates: August 22-26, 2020
Location: San Antonio, TX
What happens when you put celebrity hairdressers, barbers, and cutters together in one hair trade show? You get a cutting co-lab. On stage. And then get to party like it’s 1969. Join Matt Swinney, Matty Conrad, Anh Co Tran, Chris Jones, Buddy Porter, and Joel Torres, for 5 days in San Antonio for the hottest (literally and figuratively) days of the year.
10. Presley Poe & Friends
Dates: September 20, 2020
Three of our favorite hair celebs are combining forces to put on this incredible hair expo: the Hairdustry duo, Corey Gray and Tony Stuart, and Presley Poe. They will be announcing more details shortly! In the meantime, follow Schedulicity’s Instagram for updates as soon as we have ‘em.
11. Barbercon, NY
Dates: October 18, 2020
Location: Brooklyn, NY
If you haven’t been to New York in October, you’re in for a treat. This is your third and final chance for some epic barber battles! Head to Brooklyn, where they’re known for their pizza, cannolis, and of course, barbers.