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The ABA offers a wide variety of competitions for hair, barbering and makeup.
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2017 Competitions

Register online or call 1-800-268-6644 toll free.

Backstage Beauty Event
Hosted by International Beauty Services

September 24, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Battle of the Barber: Creative Freestyle

BeautyEx Edmonton

October 1 & 2, 2017 | Northlands Hall F | Edmonton, AB

Competition Schedule
Evening Fashion Makeup | Sunday, October 1st at 2:30 pm
Barbers: Best Pompadour | Sunday, October 1st at 3:30 pm
Bridal Long Hair | Monday, October 2nd st 2:00 pm

Beauty Roundup Event

October 15, 2017 | Calgary, AB
Battle of the Barber: Creative Freestyle

About 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.

Competition Hosts & Facilitators

Megan Gustafson
Director of the Master Judges 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!

Kelly Kalmbach
Director of the Master Judges 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.

Dereck Payne
Host of the
Battle of the Barber

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!