Be a Star in 2014: ABS Offers Two Competition Opportunities

By Lauren Quick | 01/22/2014 1:15:00 PM


America’s Beauty Show has two big ways you can showcase your star power in 2014: The STARS and RISING STARS Photo Competition, and the 2014 ABS BeautyBASH Talent Showcase. The photo deadline is February 21, and the BeautyBASH audition deadline is February 28.

The STARS and RISING STARS Photo Competition has eight categories for contestants to enter pictures of dramatic, inspiring and fashionable looks, plus an ultimate STAR will be chosen from the submissions. Enter one or more submissions for the following categories:

*Makeover Expert

If you have done a dramatic before-and-after look, make sure to submit photos for this group. Looks should be improved from the “before,” of course, as well as contemporary and with professional make-up. Submit one “before” and two “after” shots (close up and full-length fashion shots).

*ColorAmerica Colorist of the Year

Judging in this contest is based on how current fashionable hair color techniques were applied. Submit one “before” and two “after” photographs.

*Hair Fashion Visionary – Avant Garde

Stylists with big imaginations and lots of talent will want to submit their innovative work in this category. Provide one “before” and two “after” pictures of the style from different angles.

*Texture Champion

Well-cut and styled textured and/or multicultural hair will make for a winner in this group. Think creative and thoughtful perming, texturing and styling with one “before” and two “after” images.

*Day to Night

This category is a great way to showcase functionality with a styled-down look for daytime and a restyled, glam up-do for night. Submit one “before” image, one “after” with daytime and one “after” with nighttime styling.

*Men's Look Champion

Stylists and barbers alike should consider entering fashionable and functional men’s looks into the Men’s Look Champion category — one “before” and two “after” photos.

*International Nail Technician of the Year

Submit two images of creative, technical work on natural nails or enhanced. Make sure to include the model’s full hand.

*RISING Star of ABS 

Current cosmetology students can enter their dramatic, contemporary, professional looks for some recognition with one “before” and two “after” looks.

THE ULTIMATE STARS AWARD will be awarded to an entrant who submits photos for three or more categories and receives the highest overall score for those looks. The award is good for $1,000 as well as the Leo Passage Gold Trophy.

BabakA BeautyBASH performer sings at ABS 2013.

In addition to the photo contests for ABS 2014, the especially creative members of the salon community are encouraged to audition for BeautyBASH, which recognizes stylists who also sing, dance, play a musical instrument, perform stand-up or some combination of the four.

The chosen winners will receive $300 for travel to the show, hotel rooms for March 21–22 and, of course, the opportunity to perform in front of ABS attendees at the BeautyBASH Showcase.


If your 2014 resolution was to become a star, ABS has plenty of opportunities for you to shine!

For more information on the STARS and RISING STARS contest and to submit photos, visit

Find BeautyBASH audition information at


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Lauren Quick, Assistant Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair

Lauren has been Assistant Editor since January 2014. Lauren attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is an avid Tigers fan. Her emphasis area was magazine journalism, specifically editing, and she obtained minors in sociology and Spanish. Lauren was a department and web editor for Vox magazine and a reporter for the Columbia Missourian newspaper before she worked at Modern Salon.

She grew up in Springfield, Mo., and now lives in the Chicago area with her wheaten terrier, Lucy. You can e-mail Lauren at or connect on Google+.


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