ABS Announces Global Image Award Finalists

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America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago announced the finalists for the second annual international ABS Global Image Awards hairdressing photo competition. The ABS Global Image Awards recognizes hairdressing talent on a world scale. The entries represent the best of the best in original hairstyling, hair coloring and haircutting, in eight different categories.

“America’s Beauty Show is thrilled to continue to build momentum and worldwide engagement with stylists around the globe,” says Paul Dykstra, CEO of America’s Beauty Show. “The ABS Global Image Awards brings creativity, competition and good fellowship together from every corner of the world.”

The 2018 ABS Global Image Awards Categories and Finalists are:

Avant Garde

  • Gonzalo Zarauza, Centro Beta, San Sebastián, Spain
  • Gonzalo Zarauza, Centro Beta, San Sebastián, Spain
  • Ziortza Zarauza, Centro Beta, San Sebastián, Spain

ColorAmerica Colorist of the Year

  • Caroline Robitaille, Coiffure Caroline Robitaille, Repentigny, Quebec
  • Daniel Rubin, Paul Rehder Salon, Chicago, IL
  • Nick Stenson, ULTA Beauty Pro Team Member, Chicago, IL


  • Chrystopher Benson, CBC, South Weber, UT
  • Danielle Keasling, ULTA Beauty Pro Team Member, Chicago, IL
  • Sal Misseri, Reverie Salon, Chicago, IL


  • Evie Johnson, E&E Hair Solutions, Bowie, MD
  • Sal Misseri, Reverie Salon, Chicago, IL
  • Alain Pereque, Alain Pereque, Montreal, Quebec

Men’s Cutting

  • James Beaumont, Allure, Exmouth, England
  • Jordi Pérez, La Barberia de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Carlos Valiente, Salones Carlos Valiente, Alzira, Valencia, Spain

Salon Team

  • ULTA Beauty Pro Salon Team, Chicago, IL
  • Reverie Salon / Kazien Education
    • Creative Director, Sal Misseri; Hair by Sal Misseri, Sydney Malizia and Kerra Coticchia; Haircolor by Sal Misseri, Grace Harrella and Julie Kocanyar; Make-Up by Jason Kelly; Photography by John Rawson; and Clothing by Marni Seabright.
  • David Barron Salon Team
    • Haircutting by David Barron; Color by David Barron, Brooke Van Etten, Teresa Burnard and Kyla Green; Make-Up by Lan Grealis; and Photography by John Rawson


  • Jamal Edmonds, Lamaj in the City, Washington, D.C.
  • Alain Pereque, Alain Pereque, Montreal, Quebec
  • Sydney Malizia, Reverie Salon, Chicago, IL


  • Tyler Bearer, Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH
  • Nadiia Shtokalo, Brown Aveda Institute, Strongsville, OH
  • Jessica Brewster, Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

ABS Global Image Awards was 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. All entrees included up to three models with three different styles per category entry.

All categories were judged by an elite group of highly esteemed salon industry leaders, influencers and masters from across the globe: Luis Alvarez, Tracey Hughes, Tony Rizzo and Kris Sorbie.

The winner of each professional category will be announced at the exciting Beauty Changes Lives Experience on Sunday, April 29th at The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to each category winner, one extraordinary multi-category talent will be presented The Leo Passage Gold Trophy in honor of the late Pivot Point founder and Cosmetologists Chicago member, Leo Passage.

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