PBA Timeline
The only organization to represent the entire beauty industry

  • 1904

    PBA predecessor, Beauty and Barber Supply Institute Inc. (BBSI) founded with 47 members, all men

  • 1921

    NCA predecessor, National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association (NHCA) was founded. Membership included beauty salon owners and annual dues ranged from $1 - $2

  • 1924

    NHCA founder and President C.W. Godefroy establishes contacts on Capitol Hill to track legislation affecting the beauty industry

  • 1941

    Losing workers to higher-paying federal munitions jobs and concerns over dwindling material supplies as a result of the US war effort is a hot topic of the 1941 BBSI annual meetings

  • 1921

    With support from beauty product manufacturers, NHCA efforts lead to the removal of a 20% tax imposed on cosmetics used professionally

  • 1955

    NHCA founds first Disaster Relief Fund, raising more than $6,000 for its members after major flooding in several Northeastern states

  • 1960

    NHCA joins OHFC (predecessor organization to Organisation Mondiale Coiffure) as US representative. From Left to Right: Louis Schmidt, William Sneden, Peggy White, Mamie Scott, Buddy Walton, Leo Passage

  • 1986

    A Texas esthetics organization suggested NHCA change its name to exclude the word "Hairdressers" to encourage estheticians to join the association. The National Cosmetology Association was born.

  • 1989

    Look Good Feel Better founded by the Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association and partners with the American Cancer Society and NCA to implement training program for stylists.

  • 1995

    The Salon Association (TSA) is created as a branch of BBSI to complement its programs and services and to serve the interests of salon owners

  • 1999

    BBSI acquires the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) from Modern Salon Media

  • 1999

    International Cosmetology Expo, now the International Salon and Spa Expo, makes its debut in Los Angeles

  • 1999

    Volunteer BBSI member salon professionals converge on Capitol Hill for the first Welcome to Our World event

  • 2003

    BBSI and IFI partner to bring Cosmoprof North America to the industry

  • 2004

    CUT IT OUT / Salons Against Domestic Abuse awareness program founded

  • 2005

    American Beauty Association (ABA), The Salon Association (TSA), and Beauty and Barber Supply Institute Inc. (BBSI) merge to form the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

  • 2010

    The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) merges with the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) to become the largest trade association dedicated to the ENTIRE beauty industry

  • 2012

    PBA live education debuts new Regional Salon Summits and the Distributor Executive Conference.