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America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago Announces 2023 ABS Global Image Awards

The Internationally Acclaimed Industry Competition is Back!

The world of beauty is watching! America’s Beauty Show (ABS) by Cosmetologists Chicago proudly announces the 2023 ABS Global Image Awards are back. The ABS Global Image Awards celebrates the passion and artistry of professional and emerging stylists in an image and video competition that features professional and student categories. This year’s competition offers participants from across the globe the opportunity to enter their fiercest hair collections and storytelling. Entries are opening in November at

This incredible international image and now video competition fuels intense creativity and passion for hairdressers, colorists, salon teams, nail technicians, makeup artists, students and more – and it continues to grow year after year in 2023 with a dynamic presentation during America’s Beauty Show on the evening of Saturday, April 15th.  

The ABS Global Image Awards draws entries from across the globe from talented professionals, emerging stylists and cosmetology students. The winners of the world-wide industry competition will be recognized during America’s Beauty Show in a way that’s never been celebrated before in this prestigious competition. 

Now is the time for pros to ignite their passion and begin their most creative preparations in order to enter the 2023 ABS Global Image Awards. There are 9 different professional categories and 2 student categories in this juried industry competition for the best-of-the-best to enter and to share their personal story. All categories are gender neutral. 

The 2023 ABS Global Image Awards categories include:

  • Total Transformation
  • Collaboration (Professional and Student)
  • Full Concept 
  • Haircutting
  • Texture
  • Barbering
  • Creative Color
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Nail Design

“We expect to see tremendous artistry from our extremely talented competitors,” said Karen Gordon, Past President of Cosmetologists Chicago. “America’s Beauty Show offers a perfect backdrop to showcase a deeply creative competition at our world-class show. We are thrilled to shine a global spotlight on the originality and talent that resides in the professional beauty industry and for our emerging artists who are students.” 

“To all salon professionals, I will say that the ABS Global Image Awards will unleash your inner creativity,” said Mio Sota, past ABS Global Image Award winner. “Don’t be afraid,” added Sota. “There is no right or wrong. Everything you try will either work out great or turn out to be an amazing learning experience!”

Chrystofer Benson, past ABS Global Image Award winner said, “The ABS Global Image Awards is a great platform where you can share your work with the world! It is a positive and encouraging competition that allows global artists to compete and share their work.” Chrystofer encourages all salon professionals to share their work with the world, and that you never know what might happen if you enter. 

“Entering helps you to keep in touch with the reason you started doing hair and gets in touch with the passion you have for the hair industry.” In encouraging pros to get involved in the competition, past ABS Global Image Award winner Daniel Rubin notes, “Don’t give up until the miracle happens!”

The ABS Global Image Awards are open to all licensed salon professionals, barbers or the business equivalent where licensure is not required. In addition, there are categories where cosmetology students may compete.  The entry process opens November 28, 2022 and closes January 26, 2023. ABS Global Image Awards finalists will be announced on February 14, 2023. The ABS Global Image Awards ceremony is Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Complete rules and regulations can be found on  

Each professional category will offer a single winner an impressive award from America’s Beauty Show to display with pride. In addition to each category winner, one extraordinary submission will be awarded The Leo Passage Gold Trophy Award in honor of the late Pivot Point International founder, and Cosmetologists Chicago member, Leo Passage. 

For more information regarding the 2023 ABS Global Image Awards, go to

BarbersRide 2022 smashes target to raise over £26K for Make-A-Wish UK Children’s Charity

BarbersRide 2022 have stormed past their target on this year’s epic fund raising road trip. Now in its sixth consecutive year, BarbersRide’s total funds reach over £110K for The Lion’s Barber Collective, London’t Great Ormond Street and Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospitals and Make-A-Wish.

This year alone BarbersRide have raised £26K* with more donations still coming in for Make-A-Wish UK. Huzzah! 

This year’s epic motorbike ride tackled an epic 800 miles across the South of England. On the 7th August a fine fellowship of mad-cap adventurers, united by their passion for bikes and barbering, set off from Weston-Super-Mare on a 5 day mission to support ‘Make-A-Wish’, a charity which turns the dreams of seriously ill children into real life magic.

 Richie Finney, owner of Captain Fawcett Ltd is one of BarbersRide’s founding members and key sponsor of the annual road trip adventure. He says “It is a true pleasure to be part of bringing barbers and bikers together on these extraordinary annual journeys of camaraderie, mayhem and just fantastic goodwill. In 2022 our haphazard band of brothers took to the highways amidst a record-breaking, tarmac-melting heatwave with fantastically formidable trails through the beautiful West Country and on to Margate. We’ve never been so glad to cool down at the BarbersRide’s legendary after parties! This year’s hosts excelled themselves providing live music, food and drinks to revive the somewhat wilting riders. We simply couldn’t do it without them. And my personal thanks to Jenna at Fawcett HQ for her outstanding support and magnificent logistical expertise!”

BarbersRide have supported Make-A-Wish UK since 2019, saying: “Make-A-Wish grants special wishes for sick children when they are most in need and bring positivity and happiness in times of distress. We decided to work with a national children’s charity so that children from each region could benefit and Make-A-Wish were the perfect organisation to partner with. We even managed to ride in 2020, observing social distancing, with incredible support from our sponsors, our riders, the barbers and barbershops. Now more than ever, global upheavals make all of us appreciate how important it is to find ways to keep going and stay resilient when there are obstacles in our way.”

Make-A-Wish UK Chief Executive Jason Suckley said: “We are hugely grateful to BarbersRide and all those who have supported their brilliantly unique way of fundraising for Make-A-Wish over the years. Any money they raise will help us with our ambitious mission to light up the lives of every child in the UK who has a critical condition, by granting their wish. From the moment they are diagnosed, the joy of childhood is often brought to an abrupt end while treatment, medical appointments and worry take over. It can’t be underestimated how powerful a wish can be in bringing light and joy to those children, as well as their loved ones, creating positive moments and cherished memories that have a lasting impact on all their lives.”

Rumour has it, BarbersRide may be heading across the sea to Ireland in 2023. Watch this space… 

* 2022 total is calculated via a number of JustGiving pages as well as offline donations direct to Make-A-Wish.

Booksy Wins Five The Startup Weekly Awards

Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, is honored to be the recipient of five awards by The Startup Weekly! This year’s awards attracted a record number of applications across different categories in the United States, and the winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of top executives, founders, investors, and industry experts.

The five The Startup Weekly awards Booksy is a proud recipient of are: 2022 Customer’s Choice, 2022 Software Companies to Watch, 2022 Diverse & Inclusive Employer, 2022 Exceptional Workplace, and 2022 Founder’s to Watch.     

Booksy was awarded The Startup Weekly’s 2022 Customer’s Choice award, which is awarded to companies that have demonstrated a commitment to customer satisfaction. Booksy’s user-friendly mobile app allows their over 15 million users across the globe to book anytime, anywhere with beauty professionals in their area.  

As Booksy’s software continues to advance, they were very proud to be recognized as one of the 2022 Software Companies to Watch! The companies in this category were evaluated based on growth, strength of the technology product or service, impact on the industry, and commitment to customer success.

Booksy is committed to their users, but they are also committed to creating an exceptional and diverse employee culture are proud to be awarded with The Startup Weekly’s 2022 Diverse & Inclusive Employer award and the 2022 Exceptional Workplace award! The companies in this category were evaluated based on a combination of employee survey results, proprietary fact sheets, online and offline reviews, and industry recognition.

Finally, The Startup Weekly presented Booksy with the 2022 Founder’s to Watch award! Recipients demonstrated distinct entrepreneurial excellence in building and growing businesses throughout the year. The final awards list was based on personal achievements, professional success, and contributions to the business community at large. 

Download the Booksy mobile app for free or visit to learn more.


Booksy is a cloud-based appointment booking solution for hairstylists, colorists, barbers, nail artists, estheticians, massage therapists, salons, barbershops, spas and more. It offers appointment scheduling, calendar management, online payments, and a suite of marketing management functionalities. Android and iPhone apps supported. Booksy features two mobile applications: Booksy Biz for businesses and Booksy Lite geared more for independent professional plus a Booksy app for clients.


The Startup Weekly is a leading independent source of news, insights, interviews, and awards for business builders across all sectors of the economy. The company’s media contributors include founders, business executives, investors, and other thought leaders. The Startup Weekly is committed to establishing a community for those pursuing entrepreneurial excellence. For more information, visit:

Project Men Spend the Day with Captain Fawcett

Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Project Men had the amazing opportunity to visit the HQ of Captain Fawcett and spend the day with the team.

Captain Fawcett is one of the Project’s Brand Partners, with a heritage that harks back to 1905. Richie Finney, Captain Fawcett’s founder started the day, with an introduction about the brand. The team then had a tour of the Emporium to see all the barbering memorabilia on display. Then the team were taken through the various ranges of Captain Fawcett’s products, with by a demonstration from in internationally renowned barber Sid Sottung. The team were talked through the latest cutting techniques and product know-how to take back to their own businesses. Matakki Scissors, who are also a Brand Partner alongside Wahl and Barber Connect, was also present throughout the day. 

Matakki Scissors Director, Emma Curd said: “I absolutely loved the day with the team at Captain Fawcett.  I think this was one of my favourite Project Men days so far. The museum was so fascinating.”

Project Men member Alex Burt added: “Such impeccable hospitality and a fascinating tour of the headquarters. I was totally blown away by it all and can’t wait to try out the products.”

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Alex Burt – Teddy Edwards Cutting Rooms  

Emma Simmons – Salon 54

Sophie Fedoriw – Safy B’s

George Smith – Toni&Guy

Tammy Reynolds – Tammy Reynolds for Hair

Leanne Jones – Leanne Jones Hair Studio

Janene Hawkins Bush – Sir & Co Barbers

Blayre Turnbull – Urban Hair & Beauty

Scott Musgrove – Scott Musgrove Hair

Ian Young – Pompadour

Roisin Murphy – Hairven Salon Group

Lucy Melvin – Diamond Appearance

For more information:

Instagram: @fellowshiphair

Call: 01295 724579

Note: The Fellowship for British Hairdressing was founded in 1946 as the Fellowship of Hair Artists of Great Britain and over the years has grown in stature and now covers many areas of the professional hairdressing industry. The independent, non-political organisation is run by our members, focusing on promoting artistic and creative quality, and providing support for future hairdressing talent keen to make their own mark in the industry. All the projects are designed to nurture sills and provide a career pathway – ClubStar, PROJECT: XPROJECT: Colour and PROJECT: Men and the coveted F.A.M.E. Team.  

Booksy Honored with the 2022 Exceptional Workplace Award by the Startup Weekly

Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, is honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Exceptional Workplace Award by The Startup WeeklyThe Startup Weekly presents the Exceptional Workplace Award to companies that have demonstrated a high level of commitment to employee satisfaction and engagement. 

This year’s Exceptional Workplace Award attracted a record number of applications across company stages in the United States. The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of top executives, founders, investors, and industry experts. The companies were evaluated based on a combination of employee survey results, online and offline reviews, and industry recognition.   

“This year’s award recipients have gone above and beyond to drive workplace satisfaction and excellence. The judging panel was thoroughly impressed with all the awardees,” said Peter Justin, Managing Editor of The Startup Weekly.

“We are delighted and proud to have been given this award by The Startup Weekly and we thank them for this recognition. This truly underscores our core values as a company to provide an outstanding workplace for our talented team members who are the lifeblood of the organization,” commented Dee Hadley, Head of Marketing, Booksy US.

Booksy is a cloud-based app that connects over 15 million customers to thousands of beauty industry service providers around the globe. Booksy users enjoy the ability to easily book their own appointments with beauty providers in their area, and Booksy Biz allows beauty professionals to better manage all aspects of their business in one place, while also taking advantage of online marketing tools to promote their business and track growth. While Booksy partners with all their users, they also take pride in creating an exceptional workplace culture for their employees.  

Download the Booksy app to book appointments anytime, from anywhere. For business owners, consider Booksy Biz your personal assistant available via mobile, tablet, or web. Learn more at

OUT NOW: BarberEVO North American Issue 27 – October/November 2022

The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW.

Get your copy here! 

The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW! This beautifully presented, 104-page issue is headed up by the STMNT founders, Miguel Gutierrez, Sofie Pok and Julius Cvesar who grace our front cover as they are featured to talk about what is next for the STMNT brand. 

And we follow that by announcing the brand’s latest ambassadors as they each explain why STMNT was the brand they want to align with. 


BaByliss is known for its cutting-edge technology and as the new BaByliss Snap FX hits the shelves, we are delighted to have a closer look at the latest advance in clipper and trimmer tech.

Also disturbing the industry is the team at American Crew with their latest collection called London Calling lands, created by the latest All Star Challenge winners, bringing influences from across the globe, and we are thrilled to share with you a behind the scenes exclusive.

And while we are getting behind the scenes… we also get the low down on the Floyd’s 99 and Reuzel recent collab and hear how this illustrious collaboration came about. 


The facial fuzz is here to stay, and who better to kick off our beardcare special than the hirsute hero that is Matty Conrad of Victory Barber as he talks about his beardcare product line. 

Following him with beardcare techniques and advice is Johnathan Valdez of Johnny B Haircare, as well as James Zap Dapper Den who talks about growing your shop’s services to embrace the beard.

Building badass beards is the domain of Beard Octane  and owner Joe Miller shares why working directly with barbers is what his brand is all about. Also discussed is the benefit of taking the barbershop experience into a higher realm of male grooming and the latest facial hair trends… and so much more. 


There are digital tools for everything now and the barbershop is no different. In our tech feature, we are finding out what appointment software options are available, and that is just scratching the surface. 

We look into the best way of being tipped virtually, how to deal with no shows, client communication, point of sale options, what systems are essential and how you manage them and also the option of having your own app built to suit every aspect of your own brand. 

As franchise models expand, we look at which booking systems make life easier across multiple locations. It’s a huge subject and there’s so much to learn, we hope you find some answers to your tech problems.

We hope you enjoy this issue! You can order your print copy here. 

Booksy Celebrates Renowned Barber A-Rod’s One-Year Anniversary as Booksy Ambassador

Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, celebrates the one-year anniversary and partnership with Booksy ambassador, barber A-ROD! Also known as @arod23pr to his two million Instagram followers, A-ROD’s enormous popularity, thanks to his vast library of videos and content, is regularly viewed all over the world and proves that he is barber industry royalty in a profession that’s loved and respected across the globe. This proud Puerto Rican with modest beginnings regularly works with A-list celebrities, top-level online influencers, and fellow industry juggernauts who respect his brand. 

His long list of accolades includes being the co-founder and CMO of L3VEL3. A-ROD last year earned top-tier partnerships with major brands including Wahl and Booksy. Despite his demanding schedule, A-ROD regularly gives back to the barbering and grooming community by sharing online video and image content. 

A-ROD creates and shares educational content and industry tips on creating fresh cuts, thriving during COVID-19, and developing an online following to stop viewers in their searches. In general A-ROD creates content that is relatable as he shares his own experience and challenges with being a busy barber, and how Booksy can help with the day-to day challenges.

Since becoming an ambassador, A-ROD has worked with Booksy on the Get Discovered Campaign, where he speaks to his audience about the importance of having a good Booksyprofile to attract the correct clientele, and the Get Discovered Backstage Contest, where he represented Booksy backstage at the music festival, Riot Fest. He has also worked with Booksy on the Make the Switch Campaign and has represented Booksy at events like Orlando Premiere 2021 and 2022, ABS 2022, and ISSE 2022.             

“We are delighted to have someone the caliber and talent of A-ROD be part of our Ambassador community and our Booksy family. He is an inspiration to so many barbers and we look forward to partnering with him in 2023 and beyond. Congratulations to him on his anniversary,” commented Dee Hadley, Head of Marketing Booksy U.S. 

Download the Booksy Biz mobile app for free or visit to learn more.

Andis® Company Launches New Cordless reVITE™ Clippers


Andis® Company, a leading manufacturer of barbering and grooming tools, is excited to announce the launch of its new professional, cordless reVITE Clippers.

Both uniquely designed reVITE Clippers (black and gray) include a stainless-steel blade design which combines the functionality of a removable blade and adjustable blade in one single tool. This enables the stylist or barber to make changes between a Taper blade and Fade blade quickly and easily for added efficiency and convenience. The reVITE also has a large, textured grip that enhances comfort to prevent slipping, a tapered body to improve ergonomics for all hand sizes as well as a new high-speed rotary motor with Constant Speed Technology; meaning it won’t drag or stall in thick hair. The reVITE features 2 hours of non-stop run time while the LED battery status indicator turns from blue to red when battery level is below 10%.

Black reVITE Clipper

The black reVITE features a Fade blade which adjusts from size 00000-000 for ulta-close cutting, and an unbreakable aluminum housing for years of dependable use. This reVITE is great for clipper-over-comb technique, bald fading and freehand work. 

 Gray reVITE Clipper
The gray reVITE features a Taper blade which adjusts from size 000-1 for all-around haircutting. However, this version is designed for those who prefer to create with an ultra-lightweight clipper and features a composite housing. This combination of light weight and slim shape is perfect for smaller hands.

“The reVITE clipper is a sleek tool with endless versatility that meets all of my needs,” says Angie Perino, Andis Company Global Education Manager and cosmetologist. “Its powerful cutting performance and ergonomic design allows me to feel empowered to create any look — I can quickly swap the Fade blade out for the Taper blade in a matter of seconds. The reVITE features a high-speed rotary motor with Constant Speed Technology to prevent any dragging or stalling when used on thick, coarse hair. Plus, the  precision of the reVITE provides a sharp edge, giving the modern classic look, a perfect finish.”

MSRP: $200 For more information visit

Andis® Company is also currently celebrating its centennial year — and the reVITE Clippers are the first Andis professional clippers to use the new visual brand language since its recent rebranding.To keep up with Andis® Company, follow them on InstagramTikTok and Facebook.

Booksy Announces Eddie Gallegos, Award-Winning Barber, as the First GET DISCOVERED BACKSTAGE Contest Winner!

Congratulations to the very first winner of Booksy’s Get Discovered Backstage contest: Eddie Gallegos, the award-winning barber, better known as @monster_eddiejr! Earlier this year, Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, partnered with Idle Hand Collective, a group of traveling barbers and hairstylists who provide complimentary haircuts to top performers and artists at music festivals around the world. Together, Booksy and Idle Hand Collective joined forces to give beauty pros the incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to style some of the country’s most popular musicians backstage at top music festivals.

While many extremely talented barbers, stylists, and nail techs competed to showcase their talent at PsychoFest in Las Vegas from August 19th– 21st, Eddie’s freshly sculpted cuts, cosmetology background, and long list of 5-star reviews pushed him to the top of this month’s competition.

Eddie Gallegos is the owner of Monster Eddie Jr. Barber Shop in Henderson, Nevada. When Eddie found out that he would be cutting and styling hair for chart-topping rockstars, he admitted to becoming “a little emotional.” The opportunity to showcase his talents after 10 years of dedication to the barbering and cosmetology industry means so much to him. Over the years, the industry has introduced him to a host of like-minded professionals, opened numerous career doors, and given him the opportunity to set an example for others. 

“It’s just been a long journey, and this is just super special for me. It’s a very special moment because people will see my skills, get to hear my story, and know that I come from a good place. I just want to be able to inspire people. Thank you Boosky for this opportunity,” said Eddie through tears of joy.  

“Anyone that comes from a rough upbringing knows change can come when you give your all to something positive. It’s not easy, and there’s a lot of hard work behind it, but if you give it your all, you can definitely achieve anything,” said Eddie.

The Booksy’s Get Discovered Backstage contest is running through November 2022. To enter this contest, visit

Booksy providers must meet three eligibility requirements:

  1. Must have an active Booksy account
  2. Have at least 10 reviews on your profile
  3. Have cumulative profile review rating of at least a 4.8 or above

Winners will be notified of their win three weeks before the music festival they want to attend. Each winner will also be able to take advantage of an exclusive one-on-one educational opportunity by learning and asking questions about the celebrity styling industry. The opportunity to create a look for your favorite artist or style a bonafide rockstar who’s been at the very top of your playlists doesn’t come around often, so act fast and complete the application form today! Also remember to download the Booksy Biz mobile app for free or visit to learn more.

Takara Belmont Announces the Winners of their TT100 Contest

Kacie Nguyen, founder of Sunkissed Salon in San Jose, California was named the Salon & Spa Grand Prize Winner and Calen Koenig, owner of Electric Barbering in Williams, Arizona was named the Barber Grand Prize Winner. The Takara Turns 100 Contest was announced in conjunction with the celebration of Takara Belmont’s 100th Anniversary. Participants were asked to share their dreams, experiences, and success stories for an opportunity to take home a grand prize package.

“Our team received many incredible submissions in the Takara Turns 100 Contest from a lot of amazing beauty and barber professionals around the nation,” said Kohei Fujimoto, COO at Takara Belmont USA, Inc. “It is truly an honor to celebrate our customers and their stories.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful or proud to be a part of every one of their journeys,” said Koji Orita, Executive Vice President of Takara Belmont USA, Inc. “It’s because of them and their enthusiasm for their profession, industry and for our products, that we can celebrate over 100 years of business.”
Sunkissed Salon, located in San Jose, California, values not only their client’s lush locks, but their client’s time and overall salon experience as well. Their mission is to provide the best experience they can, helping their clients achieve their beauty goals.

“When I started Sunkissed salon, I wanted to make sure our salon met every high-end expectation…so of course, I had to go with the best, which is Takara Belmont. Our chairs, stations, shampoo bowls & rollerballs are all Takara Belmont”, said Kacie Nguyen, Founder of Sunkissed Salon.

In 2016, Kacie Nguyen purchased her first commercial unit, a fresh build with nothing inside. Through hard work and dedication, the empty shell was transformed into the thriving salon that it is today.

“I’ve worked hard to be able to open my own salon. It’s basically my second home therefore I only want what’s best”, said Kacie.

Sunkissed, featuring dark hardwood floors, tall brick walls and white subway tile is a small slice of the Big Apple in sunny California. Whether a client is getting shampooed in a relaxing RS Luxis shampoo unit, taking a selfie of their new ‘do on the tan leather couch in the reception area, or helping themselves to coffee and a snack in the kitchenette, this salon makes any guest feel right at home.

Electric Barbering is a two-chair shop, established in an old courthouse building, located in a historic Arizona town with proximity to the Grand Canyon and Route 66. Their goal is to create an atmosphere where clients will enjoy the haircut experience and depart looking forward to their next appointment.

Calen Koenig, founder and owner of Electric Barbering, spent many years in the construction industry. He found his passion for barbering later in life after being laid off as a HVAC technician. While unemployed, a friend told him about a barbershop. This barbershop changed Calen’s life, inspiring him to work in an industry that made a positive influence on people’s everyday lives. After attending barber school, he spent 7 years working through different shops before returning to his hometown. Life came full circle when he was handed the keys to a space that held memories of many life milestones including his own high school graduation. Calen transformed this space into the town’s first barbershop. His ability to build a unique and memorable brand with a shop design that features two vintage 225 Belmont chairs and a collection of western cowboy and 70’s motorcycle décor, has turned Electric Barbering into more than a shop, but a destination.

“I want to live simple and provide a quality space for people and enjoy my time. The [225 Belmont] chairs get much praise because they don’t ask for attention, but they are too interesting to ignore and that’s the type of space I hope I’ve created,” said Calen.

For more information about the winners and their stories or to view images of their salons and shops, click here. The Takara Turns 100 Grand Prize Winners, Runner-ups, and Honorees can be found on Takara Belmont’s Instagram and Facebook pages.