Community Matters

Allied Beauty Association is a strong advocate for the beauty industry in every way that it can be.
Below are just a few of the ways the ABA has been giving back to the industry that has been so crucial to it’s development.

Health Canada informing Canadians of risks related to certain preservatives in cosmetic, non-prescription and natural health products

Health Canada has posted this warning to consumers, and provided a link to “Report a Concern”.  While examples of products containing these preservatives are listed as leave-on products include skin moisturizers, massage products, make-up, antiperspirants/deodorants, sunscreen lotions, antiseptic cleansers, topical pain relief, acne creams and diaper rash products, MI/MCI may also be present in certain professional products as well.

If some of your products contain MI/MCI, and are still in the market, you may be the subject of a consumer complaint.  Prepare yourselves accordingly.

Santé Canada informe les Canadiens des risques liés à certains agents de conservation utilisés dans des cosmétiques, des médicaments en vente libre et des produits de santé naturels

Santé Canada a émis cet avertissement et a mis un lien vers un « Rapport d’incident ».  Bien que la liste des exemples de produits sans rinçage contenant ces agents de conservation comprenne des hydratants pour la peau, produits de massage, maquillage, antisudorifiques, désodorisants, écrans solaires, nettoyants antiseptiques, produits analgésiques topiques, lotions contre l’acné et produits de traitement de l’érythème fessier, certains produits pour professionnels peuvent aussi contenir du MI/MCI.

Si certains de vos produits contiennent du MI/MCI et qu’ils sont encore vendus sur le marché, vous pouvez faire l’objet d’une plainte de la part des consommateurs. Veuillez vous préparer en consequence

Beauty Gives Back (formerly Look Good Feel Better)

The ABA’s charity of choice is Beauty Gives Back, an amazing charity with the strong belief that ‘an improved self-image can help lift women’s spirits and nurture hope, helping them face their illness with greater confidence.’ More than 70% of each dollar raised goes directly to the BGB workshop and educational programs, allowing them to share empowering information with women with cancer. These free workshops are currently offered in over 100 cancer care facilities and hospitals across the country. The ABA is a Gold Supporter of BGB, and provides the opportunity for them to be at every trade show held, so that they can spread their message to as many people as possible.


Advertising Standards Canada

The ABA is one of the founding members of Advertising Standards Canada for the Beauty Industry.

Click here to access Advertising Standards Canada’s Annual Report


Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA)

The Allied Beauty Association works hand in hand with the CCTFA to become a strong voice for the beauty industry when addressing common concerns within the beauty industry.


Industry Competitions

The ABA runs over 35 beauty competitions a year across Canada; actively encouraging students and apprentices, and providing stylists with an outlet to showcase their talent and creativity across the country. Visit the Competitions page for more information and to register for the ABA competitions.


Industry Education

The Allied Beauty Association provides educational opportunities at each show by offering free business and industry related seminars geared specifically for beauty professionals (included with the price of admission).


Provincial Hair Associations

The ABA acts as an ongoing liaison with the Provincial Hair Associations in Canada, in order to voice stylists’ questions and concerns.


Green Circle Salon Partnership

We are pleased to inform you that we have connected with an important movement in our industry and showing our commitment to sustainability by diverting all the hair and metals (empty colour tubes, foils) used during our trade shows.

Our industry creates over 20,000 tonnes of waste every single year, which has a huge negative consequence on our planet. As we are showcasing the professional Beauty industry at these trade shows, we believe it is our responsibility to support positive green change in our industry. We have partnered with Green Circle Salons, an organization dedicated to provide solutions to help salons reduce their environmental footprint with a mission to make the professional beauty industry 100% sustainable by the year 2020.

In order to facilitate the collection of the hair and metal waste at our trade shows, a representative from Green Circle Salons will provide stages with a bin for hair only and a bin for metals only (empty colour tubes and foils, no need to rinse). Green Circle Salons will collect the bins at the end of the show and ensure that the materials are properly treated. The hair is re-used in the cleanup of oil spills and the metals are processed by a specialized centre that treats chemicals and is fully recycled into low-grade or scrap metals.

We encourage you to promote this initiative throughout our salon/spa network!