The world of beauty is watching! America’s Beauty Show (ABS) by Cosmetologists Chicago proudly announces the ABS Global Image Awards are back for 2023. 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 open November 28, 2022 at

Hair by Chris Baran, Winner of the 2020 Haircutting Category

Hair by Chris Baran, Winner of the 2020 Haircutting Category

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,” says 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,” says Mio Sota, past ABS Global Image Award winner. “Don't be afraid. There is no right or wrong. Everything you try will either work out great or turn out to be an amazing learning experience.”

Hair by Greta Coston Chrystofer Benson Collective, Winner of the 2019 Colorist of the Year...

Hair by Greta Coston Chrystofer Benson Collective, Winner of the 2019 Colorist of the Year Category

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,” says past ABS Global Image Award winner Daniel Rubin, encouraging pros to get involved in the competition. “Don’t give up until the miracle happens!”

The ABS Global Image Awards are open to all licensed salon professionals and barbers, or the business equivalent where licensure is not required. In addition, there are categories where cosmetology students may compete.

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.

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. For more info and complete rules and regulations, visit

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