ABA Competitions

The ABA hosts dozens of competitions each year, which allow beauty professionals to compete in various categories including cutting, bridal, fantasy, makeup and barbering. Competitions have a huge impact on the beauty industry; with competition winners and even participants seeing increases in their bookings following the recognition associated with competing. By competing in industry competitions stylists can showcase their skills and elevate their position in the industry, allowing them to charge more for their services and book new clients faster.

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Barber battle:
best pompadour

On a Live Model

Rock the stage with your best sexy, vintage or modern total look
pompadour. This competition will test the competitor’s ability to execute a classic refined gentleman’s taper/fade and has the freedom to design the top with a more modern, sexy pompadour. 


This competition is open to
all levels.

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On a Live Model

There are no limits to creativity and design in this Creative Freestyle barbering competition. Bring your best Barbering
skills, imagination, creativity and tattoing in flat tops, mohawks and more! Judges will be looking for degree of technical barbering difficulties, workmanship, creativity, imagination, colour and execution of an original idea.

This competition is open to
all levels.

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On a Mannequin Head

The competitor has the complete freedom to design and create a women’s trend cut using a mannequin head.  The combination of technical excellence in the cut, supported by the colour and the quality of
finishing are extremely important design elements in creating a winning look.

This competition is open to
all levels.

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On a Mannequin Head

This cut must show excellent workmanship in the technical haircutting skills and the stylist may use up to 3 colours including
the base colour to enhance their cut. The combination of technical excellence in the cut, supported by the colour and the quality of finishing are extremely important design elements in creating a winning look.

This competition is open to students/new talent level.

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On a Live Model

Real appeal to everyday brides wedding hair. This Bridal Long Hair competition allows the stylist to be creative and design
a beautiful long hair style for the everyday bride. The models hair can be styled all up and/or have some down. The stylist
should keep in mind the brides of today and what they are wearing.

This competition is open to
all levels.

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On a Live Model

This competition allows a makeup artist to prepare one female model for a fantasy presentation on stage in a one minute catwalk performance.

Competitors will create a fantasy makeup look to suit a theme of their choosing. The makeup artist will have the complete freedom to create and let their mind go wild.

This competition is open to
all levels.

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On a Live Model

This competition allows the makeup artist to create a makeup design suited for the more daring woman. This makeup should reflect the artist’s own interpretation as to how to enhance cosmetic highlights; contour and shades for
the models face structure and coordinate with the club theme.

This competition to
all levels.

Competition Events

We will be hosting ABA competitions and Master Judge seminars at Distributor events across the country! 


Congrats 2018 Winners!

Revel in Beauty Toronto
March 25 & 26, 2018 | MTCC South

Sunday March 25

Women's Fantasy Makeup
1st Place: Kris Weaver | 2nd Place: Angelina Grechko | 3rd Place: Alexia Fedidah

Evening Fashion Makeup
1st Place: Samina Chaudhry | 2nd Place: Natalia Farahmand | 3rd Place: Cassandra Campbell

Bridal Long Hair
1st Prize: Sandy Roberts | 2nd Prize: Sandra Djokic | 3rd Prize: Julia Falvo

Battle of the Barbers: Creative Freestyle
1st Place: Mykel Williams | 2nd Place: Nick Benitez | 3rd Place: Morees Khoshabah

Fantasy Makeup

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Fashion Makeup

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Creative Freestyle

Monday March 26

Women's Trend Cut & Style (Professional Level)
1st Place: Brittany Witmer | 2nd Place: Michelle Gilbert | 3rd Place: Julia Falvo

Consumer Salon Cut & Style (Student Level)
1st Place: Mia Prabphane | 2nd Place: Stephanie Kyrev | 3rd Place: Michael Shannon

The Battle Continues: Best Pompadour
1st Place: Farzan Fahandez | 2nd Place: Wilfredo Isip | 3rd Place: Sal Chiapetta

Women's Trend

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New Talent

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Best Pompadour

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Forum Affaires Beaute de Montreal
March 19, 2018 | Palais des Congres

Professional Women's Trend Cut & Style
1st Place: Allison Leeners | 2nd Place: Rose Aimee Robitaille | 3rd Place: Alexia Fedidah

New Talent Women's Trend Cut & Style
1st Place: Sarah Pittman | 2nd Place: Ocean Cote | 3rd Place: Arielle Anne Merel

Professional Level

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New Talent Level


Essential Beauty hosted by IBS
April 22, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB

Battle of the Barbers: Best Pompadour
1st Place:
Reagan Tran | 2nd Place: Pavel Krumer | 3rd Place: Holly Hui

Congrats 2017 Winners!

Click on the event below to see the Competition Winners!

Montreal ABA
March 12 & 13, 2017 | Palais des Congres

Toronto ABA
March 26 & 27, 2017 | MTCC North

Essential Beauty hosted by IBS
April 23, 2017 | Winnipeg, MB

Backstage Beauty hosted by IBS
September 24, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK

BeautyEx Edmonton
October 1 & 2, 2017 | Edmonton, AB

Beauty Roundup hosted by IBS
October 15, 2017 | Calgary, AB


Competition Hosts & Facilitators

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Megan Gustafson
Director of the MJ Program & Competition Emcee

Megan is a stylist and salon owner at Manestreet Hair and is a Lifetime Platinum Member of the Master Judges Program. She has had many highlights in her career in the beauty industry including winning a National competition, having her work published in industry magazines and competing and winning live and photo competitions. She volunteers both on the Provincial and National Skills Technical Committee for Skills Canada.

Megan is passionate about the Master Judges Program and competitions and encourages stylists, competitors, teachers and trainers to be a part of something educational, rewarding and exciting!

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Kelly Kalmbach
Director of the MJ Program

Kelly Kalmbach has been a stylist for 40 years and a salon owner for 35 years, in addition to being a competitor and a Crystal Medal Master Judge.  Her experience with these competitions and the Master Judges Program set Kelly and her salon apart from other salons in her area. Learning and applying the skills to compete and the knowledge to be a judge has contributed to her success. Some of the highlights of her career have been travelling nationally and internationally following World Competitions, achieving her International Judges Certificate and receiving the International Achievement Award.

Kelly believes that becoming a Judge and competing is about mastering skills and knowledge and applying it in a competition setting; be it live or photography competitions. Passionate about the beauty industry, Kelly dedicates her time to inspiring stylist to get involved in the creative, exciting hobby sport of competitions, Judging and continued learning to express their creativity and ability to recognise and execute a beautiful design.

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Dereck Payne
Host of the Battle of the Barber Competitions

Dereck is a widely known barber who has spent years educating and encouraging fellow barbers to elevate themselves in their careers. Along with his brand Major Fade, his mission is to provide a platform for barbers to be creative and educated in the industry. Dereck has been the host of one of ABA’s most popular competitions: the Battle of the Barber for more than 3 years and has wowed the crowd with his dynamic energy on stage.

Dereck has also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club in Scarborough in creating a pre-apprenticeship program called Hairs the Future. Hairs the Future will provide hands-on training that develops the necessary skills and resources that will generate the highest quality of hair services. Derecks vision is simple: Get more creative, keep educating the Canadian industry, inspire and invite the world onto his platform where the limits are endless!