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Hair Shows 2023: 8 Salon Cons and Beauty Events to Attend

What happens in Vegas goes back to the salon

For stylists, salon owners, and other beauty professionals, beauty conventions are the ideal place to learn about the newest innovations and network with others in the industry. As the beauty industry bounces back from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the absence of in-person events and opportunities), making these crucial connections and catching up on the latest salon tech is more important than ever.

When it comes to hair shows, 2023 is poised to be a massive year, with events taking place in New York, California, Las Vegas, and all over the United States. We’ve rounded up a list of the top conventions taking place this year — it’s time to get out the suitcase!

The best hair shows 2023 has to offer

International Beauty Show - New York City, NY/Las Vegas, NV

New York: March 5-7, 2023

Las Vegas: June 24-26, 2023

Hosted at the Javits Convention Center in New York and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, the International Beauty Show features three days of education, exhibits, and networking. With hundreds of exhibitors representing the latest in cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and nail care, as well as software and technology, IBS covers just about every facet of the beauty industry.

Click here to register for the New York event or learn more about the Las Vegas show before registration opens in March.

America’s Beauty Show - Rosemont, IL

April 15-17, 2023

With the tagline “Come as you are,” America’s Beauty Show has been welcoming pros from all corners of the beauty industry for almost 100 years. ABS boasts hundreds of cosmetic brands, “world-class runway shows,” and networking lunches for salon owners, making it ideal for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. Meanwhile, brand educators will cover the latest trends and techniques while looking toward the future.

Learn more about ABS.

Cosmoprof North America - Las Vegas, NV

July 11-13, 2023

Billed as “the leading business-to-business (B2B) beauty exhibition in the Americas,” Cosmoprof celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023. Whether you’re building a beauty brand, hoping to take your styling skills to the next level, or looking for new suppliers, Cosmoprof can help you make those critical connections while providing new insights into the state of the industry.

Learn more about Cosmoprof.

CT Barber Expo - Uncasville, Connecticut

May 20-22, 2023

Now in its 12th year, the Connecticut Barber Expo boasts a weekend full of educational seminars, “barber battle” competitions, and some of the industry’s leading vendors at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Unlike some of the other conventions on this list with broader audiences, this one is just for the barbers, so owners looking to elevate their barbershop services should consider it.

Learn more about CT Barber Expo.

Premiere - Anaheim, CA/Orlando, FL/San Antonio, TX/Columbus, OH

Anaheim: April 2-3, 2023

Orlando: June 3-5, 2023

San Antonio: October 1-2, 2023

Columbus: October 8-9, 2023

The “largest beauty show in the US” is actually four events taking place throughout the US in 2023, meaning you have plenty of options for travel and time to plan. Supporting the beauty industry through continuing education and networking events, Premiere welcomes everyone from aspiring stylists to the top brands in the biz. On top of hundreds of classes and workshops and demos of the latest trends, pros can show off their skill in hair, nail, and makeup competitions for a chance to win fabulous prizes and industry recognition.

Learn more about these Premiere shows.

Data-Driven Salon Summit - Nashville, TN

April 23-24, 2023

At Boulevard, we’re all about helping salon owners and beauty pros use technology and data analysis to grow their businesses, so it’s probably not a huge surprise that our logo appears among the sponsors of the 2023 Data-Driven Salon Summit. This “hands-on educational experience” helps entrepreneurs understand the power of data and how to use it to make better business decisions. With a focus on five power metrics - retail purchases, productivity, average ticket, client retention, and client count - you’ll get actionable tips on how to leverage data in your salon. 

Learn more about Data-Driven Salon Summit.

Barbercon 20th Anniversary Event - Dallas, TX

August 27, 2023

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Barbershopconnect, the annual Barbercon convention is hosting a special one-day-only event packed with top vendors, VIP classes, and barber battles. Aiming to bridge the gap between the overall beauty industry and the men’s grooming specialty, Barbercon brings together high-profile barbers and cosmetologists while also welcoming newcomers to the industry.

Learn more about Barbercon's 20th Anniversary Event.

Image Expo - Houston, TX

November 12-13, 2023

Capping off a year jam-packed with industry events is Image Expo, which takes place in November at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. As one of the top beauty trade shows in the US, Image Expo hosts thousands of salon professionals from around the world, with a focus on  salon owners and managers. Image Expo also puts on a fantasy hair competition, so stylists can bring their most avant-garde creations to the runway.

Learn more about Image Expo.

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