CC Outstanding Student: Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols with John Amico

Gail Nichols with John Amico

Cosmetologists Chicago proudly announces an ambitious beauty professional, CC Student of the Month Gail Nichols. Gail attends John Amico School of Hair Design & Spa and was nominated by Esthetics Director, Andrea Barker.

“Gail is and exceptional student,” says Barker. “What is most impressive her is her character and motivation.  I have watched her come to school through snowstorms, when she’s had a cold and when she has had so many things going on in her life. She has maintained perfect attendance throughout her time here at JA. If an opportunity came up to do an event, on her own time, she was the first to jump in…say she doesn’t mind…that she doesn’t need the extra hours and that she just wants the experience. She does it all with a big smile on her face, as she charmed all of the clients.

Gail is a role model for us all. She has made us all proud here at JA! She is definitely someone that I expect to hear a lot about and her success in this industry for years to come.  I am so proud to see her follow her dreams through her education here at JA!”

CC Voices: Why do you want to be a beauty professional?

Beauty is a passion of mine, it has always been something I am good at and it was always something I love. Cosmetology isn’t just a hobby for me, I aspire to be a professional.

CC Voices: Who or what is your inspiration?

My grandfather is my inspiration. He always told me ‘there is nothing you can or cannot do.’

CC Voices: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to open my own business. My dream is to open my own school and salon. I will do all that I can and whatever it takes to get it done. 

CC Voices: Who would you like to meet in the beauty industry or at ABS?

If I could meet everybody I would!


Great job, Gail!

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The Wave of the Future

Karen Gorden and Paul Chambers of the Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors pose with Nick Arrojo, Zoe and Amanda of the ARROJO Creative Team.

Cosmetologists Chicago held an info-packed FIRST MONDAYS workshop with world-renowned hairdresser Nick Arrojo, who demonstrated a new wave technique, The American Wave.

Alongside Nick, two ARROJO creative team dynamos, Zoe and Amanda, created six beachy, textured looks. The permanent chemical service that is kinder and gentler on hair than a traditional ‘P-word’, as Nick would say. The system only breaks a select amount of bonds within the hair, allowing it to maintain softness while adding texture and wave.


Three of the six textured, beachy looks created at the event.


Six models show off ‘make-overs’ created by Nick and the ARROJO Creative Team

CC Voices had the opportunity to attend the event and caught up with Nick to get his four best tips for salon owners and professionals.

On The Craft of Cutting with a Razor:

“When I cut with a razor, I create space. I love the craftsmanship that a razor allows. It’s like sketching your cut rather than drawing a graphic drawing “

On The Future:

“We are at the beginning of a texture revolution that’s created by hairdressers. Millennials are all about texture; to look young you have to stay young. 50 is the new 30, 40 is the new 20!”

On Finding a Great Salon Location:

“Try to be at street level because walk-ins offer great opportunity to get new clients; and have fabulous windows so everyone can see your space and get the benefit of natural light.”

On Finding Mentors:

“In order to be an inspired hairdresser you have to have mentors. Find people who you respect and who truly care about the profession.”

Thanks for all of the great tips, Nick!


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Allison Hansen as CC Student of the Month

Allison Hansen receiving her CC Student of the Month Award

Allison Hansen receiving her CC Student of the Month Award


Every month, Cosmetologists Chicago awards an aspiring, cosmetology student the CC Student of the Month. Teachers have the opportunity to nominate their students for outstanding work in the field. This month, CC Voices recognizes Allison Hansen of Capri Beauty College as the chosen student of the month. CC Voices sat down with Allison to learn more about her passion within the professional beauty industry.

CC Voices: Why do you want to be a beauty professional?

I have wanted to be in the professional beauty industry since I was 10. Before Capri, I was a college gymnast. I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I quit so I could go to beauty school. I followed my dreams and passion for what I really want to do. 

CC Voices: Who or what is your inspiration?

My hairstylist and mom: Natalia Shepperd. She has always encouraged me to follow my dream.

CC Voices: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to still be working at Lisa Thomas Salon. I recently started working at the Lisa Thomas after I finished Capri Beauty College. I love the atmosphere and everyone who works there and I hope to thrive ! 

CC Voices: What are you looking forward to most at America’s Beauty Show?

I love The Runway@ABS stage presentations, specifically Redken. It is a fantastic opportunity to watch, take notes and take home new styles for my clients. I also love to shop at ABS. It’s a great to be able to stock up on the latest products!

 CC Voices: Who would you like to meet in the beauty industry or at ABS?

Make up artist – Mario Dedivanovic.

His work is amazing. He is known for doing makeup for Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and many other stars.

CC Voices was also able to chat with Thomas Seil, Vice President of Capri Beauty College, and chatted about why he recommended Alison for Cosmetologists Chicago Student of the Month.

“We had a unanimous vote for Ms. Allison Hansen. Alli is currently interning at Lisa Thomas Salon and has achieved Level 5 and is trying for Level 6 before she graduates. Alli is professional with her clients, considerate with her peers and the staff. Alli has worked on more than 200 clients and done more than 100 color services during her time with Capri Beauty College.  Alli is always working on clients or her mannequin, even though her progress sheet is already complete. She has even volunteered at several career fairs representing Capri to various High Schools in the area.”

Keep up the great work Allison!

CC Voices couldn’t agree more – looking forward to seeing Alli at next year’s America’s Beauty Show, March 25-27, 2017.

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Announcing The ABS Global Image Awards



America’s Beauty Show (ABS) by Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) is proud to announce the creation of the ABS Global Image Awards, which replace the former CC STARS Photo Competition.

The ABS Global Image Awards will recognize hairdressing talent on an international level. The photo competition requests entries from the best of the best in original hairstyling, hair coloring and haircutting, in eight different categories.

“America’s Beauty Show is ecstatic about our upcoming worldwide competition,” says Paul Dykstra, CEO of America’s Beauty Show. “Our goal is have The ABS Global Image Awards portray the originality and talent that resides in the professional beauty industry, no matter what corner of the world it is practiced.”

The Global Image Awards Categories include:

  • Haircutting
  • ColorAmerica® Colorist of the Year
  • Avant Garde
  • Texture
  • Editorial
  • Men’s Cutting
  • Artist Team
  • Student Champion

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 is a category specifically for cosmetology students. The deadline to submit entrees is October 31, 2016. All entrees must include up to three models with three different styles per category entry.

All categories will be judged by an elite group of highly esteemed salon industry leaders, influencers and masters from across the globe. Each professional category will merit one winner, who will receive on-stage presence during America’s Beauty Show 2017, March 25-27, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to each category winner, one extraordinary submission will be awarded The Leo Passage Gold Trophy in honor of the late Pivot Point founder, Leo Passage.

For more information regarding the ABS Global Image Awards or to upload your entry here or visit for details.



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Nick Arrojo presenting The American Wave


Are you registered for the hottest event of the summer?

Nick Arrojo and his amazing Creative team will present American Wave & Texture Trends on Monday, August 8 at the Green House Theater in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

You don’t want to miss it. Register now! Seats are going fast!

With more than thirty years in the professional beauty industry, Nick is truly an icon, yet he’s so down-to-earth you’ll enjoy spending time with him!

Come and see Nick and his team create beautiful, elegant texture in this 2-hour demonstration on the new American Wave created by Nick himself, the new permanent wave that creates soft, natural looking wave and curl patterns.  Come learn how to create a modern texture trend on your clients!

150601_CODYLIDTKE_ARROJO_Look7_198 copyNick is known worldwide for his signature razor-cutting technique and his seven years as hairdressing host for TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear.’ He’s built a hairdressing empire that includes three NYC Salons, an award-winning cosmetology school, a professional product line, and more!

Seating is limited! Tickets are available for $25 for Cosmetologists Chicago members and $35 for non-members. All tickets can be purchased on
Don’t miss out on this sensational event! CC Voices will be seeing you August 8 with Nick Arrojo at the Green House Theater in Lincoln Park, Chicago!

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