Love Heals Events Hosts Fundraiser for Reclaim 13 and Eyes On Cancer

Love Heals Events is a small group of women who have a heart to serve the community in which they live. One of those members, Becky Spence, has been a hairdresser and educator for more than 25 years. She has participated in many hair shows in her career and now wants to produce one that has an even larger impact in bringing awareness and changing lives.

This year’s event, hosted and sponsored by the Compass Church in Naperville is entitled the Love Heals Beauty Event. The evening will include well known artists such as Jeanne Braa Foster and up and coming artists, as well as technique education, inspirational messages, testimonies, live music, art, fashion, makeup, choreography, comedy and more. The aim is to inspire others to engage in the community and actively participate in any way possible for the causes represented.

Starting at 7pm on September 15, 2017, the fun-filled event will be centered around two organizations, Eyes and Cancer and Reclaim 13, both of whom are bringing awareness, education and services to the community.

In December 2016 the State of Illinois passed a law that requires continuing education for cosmetologists on domestic violence awareness. This factor combined with the available education around visible cancer systems makes those in the hair and beauty industry true first responders. At the event there will be Continuing Education sessions for compliance regarding this new law. Scheduled session times are to be announced.

Both Reclaim13 and Eyes on Cancer founders will be sharing their personal stories on what transformational life events have inspired their courageous leadership to invoke change personally, in their local communities and with national organizations that are catalyzing awareness and providing support.

Tickets are on sale now. The fundraiser also continues to seek additional sponsors. Each corporate organization and individual can help do their part by participating thru sponsorships, donations and ticket sales.

Featured sponsors to date include: Pivot Point Academy, Paul Mitchell the school, Ulta Beauty, Amber Waves, Zano Salon, Modern Salon, The Compass Church, Intersog Inc. and Hilton Lisle.

About Love Heals Events, Reclaim13 and Eyes on Cancer

Love Heals Events is a small group of women who have a heart to serve the community in which they live. Each member of this group strives to make a difference and they work directly “hands-on” with such organizations as Bridge Communities, Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital, Naperville Marathon,

Reclaim13, Eyes on Cancer, Celebrate Recovery and Feed My Starving Children.Their goal is to transform the lives of those who need the help and those who give it; by donations of money, time and helping hands.

The Eyes On Cancer’s goal is to reduce cancer fatality thru education and awareness especially to first line responders in the beauty industry that are naturally in a position to spot skin cancer/melanoma at its earliest stages.

Reclaim13 seeks to save our children who have been caught up in sex trafficking through healing, equipping and prevention. They aim to share love, awareness and care with those at risk or who have been victimized.

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Kristen Erickson and Cosmetologists Chicago Win 20th Design Award for America’s Beauty Show 2017 Advance Program

The award winning ABS Advance Program

The award winning ABS 2017 Advance Program

Creative Director Kristen Erickson and Cosmetologists Chicago, owners and producers of the blockbuster event America’s Beauty Show (ABS), received their 20th prestigious American Inhouse Graphic Design Award, presented by Graphic Design USA magazine.

The American Inhouse Design Awards recognizes the brilliant work of in-house designers, marketing and communications departments within corporations, publishing houses, non-profits, universities and government agencies. This prestigious showcase is highly selective. In 2017, nearly 6,000 entries were submitted and only 15% were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

Cosmetologists Chicago’s Creative Director, Kristen Erickson created the award-winning ABS 2017 Advance Program that showcased cover photography by Luis Alvarez and the Aquage Team.

Since 2008 and all for Cosmetologists Chicago, Erickson has won eleven Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design Awards, seven Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards, one Graphic Design USA American Web Design Award and one HOW Design In-HOWse Award.

“It has been an honor working with Luis Alvarez’s creativity,” said Erickson. “The past 6 years have been so inspirational. I am especially proud to be part of our America’s Beauty Show team, giving us the opportunity to bring worldwide beauty to Chicago.”

Cosmetologists Chicago president Larry Silvestri on congratulating the team added, “On behalf of Cosmetologist Chicago, I applaud the creativity of Kristen and Luis. America’s Beauty Show 2017 was a huge success, and it could not have been done without the commitment of all our teams. Kristen and Luis could not be more deserving of praise for their innovative and inspiring work.”

To find out more about America’s Beauty Show or for information on membership and upcoming educational events, visit

Be sure to save the dates for next year’s America’s Beauty Show: April 28-30, 2018, downtown Chicago in McCormick Place North.

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Color Melting at First Mondays by Cosmetologists Chicago

Color Melting was the theme of the June 2017 First Mondays education by Cosmetologist Chicago. The sold-out class was at the University of Aesthetics in Downers Grove, IL.

Prodigy Hair and Beauty CEO Christine Renella and Prodigy ‘Color Guru’ Brenda Zermeno taught the audience of professionals how to achieve the perfect color melt, a technique to create a smooth transition of color throughout the hair. The Prodigy educators demonstrated a step-by-step approach to accomplishing a silver shadow root on a live model and a pink color melt on a mannequin.

From the CC class, here are three tips for the perfect color melt:

  1. Use feathering to ensure the hair is fully saturated with color. “Both sides of the layer you are working on should have color,” Renella said. “Use the same pattern of color application on each layer, and all pieces will melt into a seamless flow of color.”
  2. Use a soft bristle brush for a simple application and allow for the diffusion of color. An audience member gave the tip to use 1-inch soft bristle chip brushes from the hardware store. They are inexpensive and great for feathering.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. “Don’t be afraid to get a mannequin and start experimenting,” Renella said. “The best way to perfect a color melt is to practice the technique.”

Everyone in the audience had the opportunity to practice the technique on a mannequin at the conclusion of the class.


Join Cosmetologists Chicago for the next FIRST MONDAYS class with Eric Zamarippa of Johnny B. HairCare on July 10, 2017, at the Pivot Point Academy, Bloomingdale, IL. Seating is limited; register here.

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CIDESCO Section U.S.A. Supports Global Wellness Day 2017

CIDESCO Section U.S.A. announces its commitment to CIDESCO International’s participation in Global Wellness Day on June 10, 2017, and encourages estheticians and beauty professionals to share a global wellness “thought of the day.”

“We at CIDESCO Section USA hope all American beauty professionals will share their wellness voices in the worldwide conversation on social media,” notes Paul Dykstra, CEO, Cosmetologists Chicago/CIDESCO Section USA. “By using #GWDwithCIDESCO, #GlobalWellnessDay and #CIDESCOUSA on your social messages, we will promote the concept of investing in wellness together.”

Global Wellness Day supporters are also encouraged to bring wellness into the forefront of their minds and lives, as well as friends, family and clients, by implementing this daily 7-point manifesto:

1- Walk for an hour

2- Drink more water.

3- Don’t use plastic bottles.

4- Eat healthy food.

5- Do a good deed.

6- Have a family dinner with your loved ones.

7- Go to bed by 10:00 PM.

According to Anna-Cari Gund, CIDESCO’s International President and Sweden’s Global Wellness Day Ambassador, “It’s fantastic to see that year on year Global Wellness Day is reaching a larger audience and that more and more of our schools, students and graduates are practicing the tips not just for the day but in their daily lives. Wellness is incredibly important to us and something that we hope all CIDESCO members prioritize in their lives to ensure a happy and fulfilling work-life balance.”

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One Year Later: NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Top 3 Speak Out

Last year’s NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Top 3 finalists, 2nd from left — Winnie Huang, winner, Sarah Elmaz, 2nd runner up, and Celina Rydén, 1st runner up — all say their deep friendship is the biggest prize they won.

Last year’s Next Top Nail Artist Final Challenge at America’s Beauty Show brought three women together in competition … and ultimately in deep friendship. Winnie Huang (winner), Celina Ryden (first runner up), Sarah Elmaz (second runner up) arrived from literally around the globe to Chicago in March 2016 to compete in the final stages of the competition. (Winnie is from Canada, Celina hails from Sweden, and Sarah lives in Australia.) Now, one year later, here’s what they have to say about the experience.

NTNA: How’s this year been going for you as one of the top 3 nail artists in the world?

WH: It’s been a whirlwind! I’ve done so many things that are on my nail bucket list and met so many people.

CR: Same for me. My year has included lots and lots of travel (which I love) to the states and Europe, doing classes and workshops.

SE: Since the Finale I’ve had more time to devote to workshops around Australia and internationally. It’s nice to be able to meet people who have my same passion for nails.

NTNA: Who are some of the key people you’ve met as a result of your NTNA involvement?

CR: Sarah and Winnie, hands down.

SE: Meeting Celina and Winnie was the highlight for me. And of course Jan Arnold!

WH: Yes, ditto. These two are my amazing nail BFFs. Also Jan Arnold and the CND family. Oh, and Johnson Hartig of Libertine … so many other artists and pros I’ve looked up to since the beginning of time.

NTNA: Has your business as a nail tech been enhanced by this experience?

CR: Absolutely. I pushed myself farther creatively than I ever had before. I never thought I would make it as far as I did. It was fascinating to see how far you could push your mind and then actually execute the idea.

NTNA: What are a few things you DON’T miss from those intense weekly competitions?

WH: The weekly deadlines, and video editing. Ugh.

SE: Also the nervous waiting on results day!

Why do you feel like the three of you bonded so deeply?

SE: No one knows what this is like until you are knee deep into the competition. We were all in the same boat, just trying to get through each week.

WH: Our personalities are similar; we laugh at the same things and we were there for whoever needed support, which made our connection so much deeper. NTNA was an important chapter in our lives. We live so far apart, but the good news is we are meeting up at a nail show in Japan this fall. We are extremely excited to see each other!

CR: I remember saying to myself in week one [of the competition] that if I could dream of being in the Top 3, I would want to be there with Sarah and Winnie. Like Winnie said, I could tell that we were all very much alike.

NTNA: Three words you’d like to say to this year’s Top 3?

CR: “Go! Go! Go!”

SE: “Soak it in!”

WH: Wait, just three words? OK: “Congratulations! Inspire and Enjoy!”

NTNA: Will we see you at ABS this year?

WH: Absolutely!

SE: Not this year, sadly; I have a Get Buffed workshop in Malta; but I’m excited to hear the results.

CR: Yes! Catch me at the Light Elegance booth and doing classes.

For more information about NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, go to

See Parts 1 and 2 of the Top 3’s Final Challenges here:

More details of the NTNA Grand Finale at America’s Beauty Show coming soon!

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