8 Hair Expos and Trade Shows for Hairstylists in 2023

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When you’re a hair pro, it doesn’t hurt to get out of the salon every now and then. You can learn new techniques from hair experts and connect with other stylists by attending a hair expo. A hair expo brings the best of the industry in one room. And sometimes, they’re part of a larger beauty trade show.

There are lots of annual events for hair professionals. So, we rounded up the top events to help grow your hair business in 2023.

What hair expo should I attend in 2023?

Each year, dozens of companies and membership organizations host conferences to bring together hair professionals from across the country. Hair shows are a mix of classes, workshops, seminars, and exhibits. And there’s typically a few fun excursions or parties on the agenda. You get to learn more about your industry and make connections to grow your business. 

Here are eight hair expos and beauty trade shows coming up in 2023.

#1 America’s Beauty Show 

America’s Beauty Show, hosted by Cosmetologists Chicago, is a highly anticipated event for all beauty professionals. You can look forward to parties, exhibits, and live classes. And hear from industry experts on topics like:

  • Cutting techniques
  • Text marketing to grow a business
  • Mastering undertones
  • The ultimate balayage
  • The beauty of finance
  • Make more money with express blowouts

Also, stick around to see the winners of the ABS global image awards. Stylists can win awards for a number of beauty categories, such as barbering, hair cutting, and texture expert. 

The event offers 40+ CEU courses. 

Date: April 15th – April 15th 2023

Cost: $79- $159. Salon groups and students may get discounted prices.

Location: Rosemont, IL

#2 Cosmoprof 

Cosmoprof North America is a B2B event for beauty professionals. The event focuses on professional retail and distribution of hair care, skincare, and beauty products. It’s a place to collaborate and build relationships in the hair and makeup industry.  

You can sit in on “Cosmo Talks,”  i.e., speaker presentations on topics like mass distribution, the fragrance industry outlook, or indie beauty trends. Or, you can join their buyer program to connect with exhibitors in pre-arranged meetings.

Attend to see the launch of new beauty brands, get a front-row seat to live demos, and learn about creative packaging and manufacturing techniques. 

Date: July 11th – July 13th, 2023

Cost: Not Available

Location: Las Vegas, NV

#3 Premiere Orlando 

Premiere Orlando is one of the largest beauty shows in the United States. The conference offers education opportunities from top-tier beauty pros and exhibits from popular companies.  You can choose from over 650 professional courses in topics like:

  • Hair loss
  • Texture curls and locs
  • Extensions, wigs, and weaves 
  • Barbershop
  • Hair trends 
  • Social media marketing 

Or take part in the job fair, attend parties, and participate in competitions. It’s a great option for beauty professionals that are curious about everything from color trends to cutting techniques to barber designs. 

Premier Orlando is not open to the public. You must be a licensed professional to attend.

Premier offers two other beauty shows this year in San Antonio (Oct. 1st) and Columbus (Oct. 8th).

Date: June 3rd  – June 5th 

Cost: $75 – $125 (Professional), $55 – $105 (Student)

Location: Orlando, FL

#4 International Beauty Show

The International Beauty Show is a dynamic hair event. You can view live presentations and demos by popular hair artists.  Or, take part in hands-on workshops led by exceptional hairstylists. 

You can choose from 80 professional classes to learn how to hone your hair techniques, maximize your business growth and improve your client experience. Topics include:

  • How to fire a client and avoid negative reactions
  • Create social media to boost your business
  • From zero to fully booked in under 12 weeks
  • 5 steps to Six-figure Solopreneurship
  • Learn to Cut the It-Girl Bob

And, if you’re up for a stroll, browse hundreds of beauty products, services, and tech on the exhibit floor.

Date:June 24th – June 26th, 2023

Cost: $75 – $350 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

#5 PBA Executive Summit

This event, hosted by the Professional Beauty Association, was made with leaders in mind. It’s an exclusive place for salon and spa owners, manufacturers, and distributors to share their expertise and collaborate on industry ideas. 

The 2023 speakers have yet to be announced. But, last year’s speakers included top-tier experts like:

  • Heather Mcgowan – renowned business strategist and future of work expert
  • Brian Solis – digital anthropologist and VP of Global Innovation at Salesforce
  • Larissa Jensen – Vice President and Beauty Industry Advisor at Circana

You can save on this event with a PBA membership. 

Date: November 13th – November 14th, 2023

Cost: Not available

Location: Phoenix, AZ

#6 CT Barber Expo

It’s time to clean your clippers! The Barber Expo is almost here. You can attend education seminars led by top barbers and visit the trade show floor to browse booths from popular brands and barber shops. 

It won’t be all work and no play. At the expo, barbers take to the stage to compete and see who can produce the best cut. Who knows? You may even win a Barber Grammy award!

Date: May 20th – May 22nd, 2023

Cost: $25 – $265

Location: Montville, CT

#7 AACS Annual Conference

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools brings together owners and directors of cosmetology schools across the nation for its annual conference. It’s a motivational space to learn from industry leaders, collaborate with your peers, and get updates on government laws and regulations that can impact your business. 

This event caters to cosmetology school professionals, but it may be a good choice if you’re interested in a career in beauty education.

Date: October 13th – 14th, 2023

Cost: TBD (In 2022, non-members paid $475 – $950 for tickets to the conference.)

Location: Houston, TX

#8 Image Expo 

The Image Expo is the largest hair and beauty trade show in Texas. The image expo is all about hair care and hair styling techniques. Watch presentations and live demos from featured speakers. Or, get your gloves on for classes and workshops, like: 

  • The future of hair color
  • Buildable looks
  • Balayage techniques
  • Chunky highlights
  • Beginner brainding courde
  • Hair loss
  • And much more!

You can also take part in their Fantasy Hair Competition, where hairstylists compete for the most otherworldly look!

You earn 1 CE credit just for attending the show.

Date: November 12 – November 13th 

Cost: $75

Location: Houston, TX

Register Today!

Whether you’re a color specialist, barber, or braider, a hair expo can help grow your business. Take your pick from dozens of hair expos and beauty trade shows in 2023 to learn from industry experts and expand your network. You’ll leave with new techniques and tips to help your clients. 

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