Everything You Must Know About the

2019 American Beauty Show

We know what you’re thinking –  another day, another convention I probably won’t get the chance to go to. 

Friend, we’ve got news for you – if there’s ever a convention you should attend, it’s this bad boy right here. America’s Beauty Show is an absolute show-stopping classic of a symposium that the best of the best should absolutely attend. That’s right, we’re calling you the best of the best, and we mean it.

America’s Beauty Show is what dreams are made of – classes, contents, job fairs, demos, product discounts, and – the best part – over 70,000 professionals gathering in the windy city for a three-day-love-affair with the beauty profession.

Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

We thought it might.

But there’s so much more to this amazing show. Read on for an even more enticing look at this astonishing convention.

What is America’s Beauty Show?

If you have to ask, then you definitely need to read this article.

We’re not hating on you, we’re just letting you know that if you’ve missed out on America’s Beauty Show up until this point, you better prepare to have your mind blown because it’s incredible.

America’s Beauty Show is one of the biggest, baddest, and most-attended beauty shows in the entire world. In fact, it’s considered one of the largest professional events in the global beauty industry today and is consistently considered among the Top Ten Trade Shows in Chicago.

This event (if you can even call it an event – it’s more like an epic extravaganza) is hosted by Cosmetologists Chicago, a not-for-profit org that’s been around for 106 years. This show features over 70,000 hairdressers, estheticians, salon owners, beauty school instructors, students, professionals, speakers, amateurs, and more.

The biggest difference between this show and a smaller, less impressive one? This is not open to the general public. Only licensed professionals can join the party.

This three-day-jamboree includes all kinds of insane features – we’re talking classes, demos, product discounts, certifications, hands-on lessons from experts, keynote speakers, and so, so much more.

What Can You Expect at America’s Beauty Show

We literally dare you to try to fit everything into your schedule when you attend America’s Beauty Show. Seriously, give it a try. Heck, we’ll put money down on the fact that you can’t. You know why? There’s so much happening all the time that you can’t possibly squeeze it all in.

So, what can you expect, you ask? Read on (and check out this helpful little schedule ABS put out).


Sure, you anticipated that at a convention there would be classes, but the broad range of classes is so insane you won’t believe it. There are the basic classes that teach you how to better your skills, work with clients, and more, but they also have additional business-centric classes as well as legal classes to ensure that you’re ready to face the rest of your year as well-versed in your industry as possible.

Speakers & Icons

There will be tons of professionals, influencers, and beauty industry idols at this conference giving speeches, teaching classes, and spreading their beauty magic around the conference. You’ll learn from the best, listen to icons speak, and overall, improve your beauty skills just by listening.

Job Fairs  

Can you say amazing networking opportunity? Because that’s what this is! The ABS is more than just a convention, it’s a national job fair that presents you with options to talk to enormous companies! Tons of employers will have booths set up so you can pop in, make a connection, and potentially find your newest gig!

Discounts & Previews

Obviously, you know there are going to be amazing demos and product reveals at this awesome convention. Get first-look access to some of the hottest products, watch and learn how to better use some of your favorite brands, and get major discounts on your favorite beauty items!


That’s right, this is a fun, giant conference, but there’s always room for a little competition. The biggest competition being held this year? The Crazy Hands Barber Competition. This pits some of the best barbers in the biz against each other for titles, prizes, and street cred. You won’t want to miss this.

Be Super In-the-Know: Here are the Must-Have Deets About the Show

Now that you’ve got the convention run-down, we’re sure you’re head-over-heels about the idea of attending. We’re here to make that happen. Check out the cold, hard facts below to get the inside scoop on all the details you need. You’re just steps away from buying your ticket!

Show Need-to-Knows

When: March 30- April 1, 2019

Where: Chicago, Illinois; McCormick Place

Hotel Booking Info: There are dozens of hotels available in Chicago (if you book early enough), but if you want to be even more integrated into America’s Beauty Show experience, consider booking within the Official ABS Housing Block! You’ll have guaranteed rates, friendly booking terms, easy modification options, and excellent networking opportunities hosted by the hotels involved! Check out more hotel booking info here!

Registration and Tuition Info: Don’t sleep on registering for this conference, it’s a huge event and it’s going to sell out fast. Further, there are serious deadlines you need to meet. Check out the registration page here for information and pricing!