Cosmetologists need continuing education–that's where cosmetology events come in.

The Top Cosmetology Educational Events Beauty Pros Should Attend in 2023

The beautiful thing about the beauty industry is that there’s a never-ending opportunity to learn, grow, and change the course of your career.

That means you can help tons of people, influence millions, and make all the money while doing it. How can you kickstart this process?

Two words: continuing education.

Something really important to note is that you’re going to be preached to about continuing education for the rest of your career. And for good reason. But here’s the thing that they don’t teach you in beauty school–not all continuing education is created equal. It’s frowned upon to stay this (don’t ask us why), but some education is going to serve you better than others.

Part of this is going to depend on the quality of that education, and, of course, part of this is going to depend on whether or not you’re chasing education that will directly benefit you and the path you’re taking.

At the end of the day, what we’re trying to say is that choosing the right continuing education is key–and that means picking the top cosmetology summits, conferences, and events to attend.

There are literally thousands of options out there every years. So how can you tell what’s worth it? Don’t fret, beauty pro; we got you.

Must-Attend Educational Conferences for Beauty Pros in 2023

We’ll be the first to admit there are plenty more conferences where these came from–so don’t consider this the end-all-be-all list. There are tons more you should check out. We just advise you to ask yourself a few key questions before you commit (and pay!):

  • What will I learn at this conference that I cannot learn at another?
  • What sets this event apart from other events you could attend?
  • Is the investment I make in this event worthwhile to my career–financially and for longevity?
  • Will I gain more than just education in one area?
  • Will I be able to network, meet influential people, and learn from professionals I admire?

If you can answer yes to most of those questions, it’s likely a good idea to attend the event.

But to start, here are a few events and conferences we think you should keep on your radar.

International Beauty Show 2023

The International Beauty Show–often just known as IBS–is a legendary educational event crafted for cosmetologists of a variety of influences. With tons of educators, lots of continuing education opportunities, demos, classes, and more, this event is a must-attend for those seeking technical education as well as an opportunity to network with some of the most influential in the business.

When: March 5-7, 2023

Where: New York City, New York

Tickets: $59-$99

More Information: See more information on the site here.

CosmoProf 2023

Known best as the leading B2B beauty event in the Americas, CosmoProf is one you won’t want to miss. It’s big–so if you’re looking for something small with one-on-one attention, this might not be the option for you. Though it has a highly evolved trade show as its main draw (highlighting the best in beauty, skincare, hair care, nail care, toiletries, fragrances, organic beauty products, tools, and accessories), it doesn’t skimp on education either. Speakers, educators, and long-adored professionals well-known in the industry will be present–there will be speeches to attend, classes to enroll in, and beyond.

When: July 11-13, 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

More Information: See the site here for more information.

Premiere Orlando 2023

This must-attend event is a huge gathering of the best of the best. If you’re interested in education, look no further than this Orlando conference. Though there are some seriously social elements to this event, it’s also highly educational and a great place to learn no matter what level cosmetologist you are. This event covers trends, techniques, the latest products, and business-minded ventures to help licensed professionals succeed.

When: June 3-5, 2023

Where: Orlando, FL

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

More Information: See the site here for more information.

The Makeup Show 2023

MUAs everywhere–aspiring and experienced–should heavily consider this yearly conference. The Makeup Show is always a fast-paced, overflowing wealth of knowledge for MUAs and wanna-be MUAs. Meet influential artists, learn from talented professionals you admire, watch the demo and seminar stages, and even shop the latest products at their expo section with pro discounts. If you’re ready to learn techniques, trends, and tips that’ll help your MUA career take off in a big way, this is the event to start.

When: April 29-May 1, 2023

Where: New York City, New York  

Tickets: $55-$68

More Information: See the site here to learn more about the event.

Got a life-changing, career-altering beauty education conference or event that isn’t on this list?

We want to hear about it! Drop your all-time fave educational conference for cosmetologists in the comments and let us know what’s what!

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