Educating Congress on the professional beauty industry, while promoting salon and spa industry growth has become very important as one of the most important necessities to mainstream America today. The professional salon and beauty industry remains quite vibrant and strong, despite the many current economic challenges. The Professional Beauty Association and the Professional Beauty Federation recently descended upon Washington DC in force for their annual pilgrimage. Manufacturers, associations, publishers, editors, distributors, salon owners, hair designers, aestheticians, makeup artists and massage therapists came to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress and their staffs with representatives from across the United States.
Six teams of beauty professionals met with more than 40 congressional offices, including the offices of Senators Joe Donnelly, Dan Coats, Roy Blunt, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Pat Toomey, Bob Case, Saxby Chambliss, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Barbara Boxer, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Susan Collins, William Cowan, Angus King, Elizabeth Warren, as well as Representatives Todd Young, Sander Levin, Jackie Walorski, Tom Reed, Dina Titus, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mike Quigley, Tom Price, Allyson Schwartz, Charlie Dent, Joe Barton, Xavier Becerra, Linda Sanchez, Lynn Jenkins, Ed Markey, and Chellie Pingree. They presented the most current issues that affect the beautycare industry with proposed solutions for how they can help promote growth for salons, spas and all licensed professionals.As part of this Lobby Day program and one of Capitol Hill’s most popular educational events, a massive pop-up salon and spa featuring complimentary haircuts and manicures was created and staffed by more than 100 professional volunteers.This event was organized by the Professional Beauty Federation, which is comprised of the Professional Beauty Association, American Association of Cosmetology Schools, International Salon/Spa Business Network, JC Penney Salons, O.P.I. Nailcare, International Spa Association, Sexy Hair, Joe Grooming and a host of sponsors.
Today, the professional beauty industry remains an exciting and growing part of the American economy. Industry professionals have a range of professional opportunities including work as a hairstylist, barber, manicurist, aesthetician, massage therapist, salon and spa owner, cosmetology school instructor, beautycare product distributor and a product manufacturer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there currently are 1,069,310 salon establishments in the U.S.A. Annual salon service revenues now equal $75.38 billion dollars. A majority of U.S. salon industry businesses are owned by women. Fifty-four percent of which are employment-based salons and spas. This is three times higher than women’s business ownership rate at 18% for the economy as a whole.Today, numerous successful beautycare companies have proven the possibility to reach for dreams is still a valuable opportunity and reality here in America today. Many of these nationally and internationally respected professional beautycare companies started small with shoestring budgets, yet they all achieved greatness! While hairstylists and beautycare professionals are not always represented in the mass media with the credibility they truly deserve, we proudly salute those that share pride, respect, credibility and honor for these incredible professionals. We must all believe in and celebrate beauty!