Beacon Student Program | An Elite Program for Students
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Beacon is the elite program for students

applications open AUGUST 1, 2022

PBA's Beacon is an elite program for students that provides top beauty industry students with a unique opportunity to gain career insights from leading beauty influencers, and network with owners from the most prestigious salons across the United States.

Designed to inspire and prepare students for a successful career, the Beacon program accepts a limited number of applicants each year.

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See the excitement of Beacon! View the photos from Beacon 2022!

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Why you should apply for BEACON

connect with mentors

At Beacon, you'll connect with some of our industry's top experts, salon and spa owners, and influencers.

be inspired

As a Beacon student, you will be a VIP guest at the International Salon + Spa (ISSE) Expo in Long Beach and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).

professional guidance

Meet and network with the most influential professionals in the industry to help inspire and prepare you for your new career.

elevate your career

Beacon students gain national recognition and access to a network of thousands of top salons across the U.S. Meet Beacon Alumni >

SCHOOLS: Access school resources to share Beacon with your students!

Applications for the Beacon Class of 2023 open August 1, 2022. Sign up here to be the first to know about applications, resources and more.

BEACON alumni

Beacon alumni are leaders, educators, business owners and successful stylists. You could be one of them! Apply to Beacon and you could get the mentoring and guidance you need to ignite your career.

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JALIA PETTIS
@jaliadp

NAHA 2022 Makeup Artist of the Year Winner, Educator,
Owner of 3Jay Productions

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ELIZABETH FAYE
@heyelizabethfaye

NAHA 2022 Educator of the Year Finalist, Business Coach,
CEO of Hair Love University

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GINA BIANCA
@iamginabianca

Educator, Business Coach,
Owner of The Network Salon

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Byron Marcelle
@b_marcelle

Freelance Hairstylist
Beauty Changes Lives Ambassador

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DIDI HENRY
@itsthecurlsforme

Curl Specialist, Hanzo Artist
Stylist at CurlEnvy Salon

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Fallyn Mireault
@thegoodhairdays

Color & Extension Specialist,
Stylist at Samuel Cole Salon

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Tina Allen
@tinaallenhmuas

Owner of The Cashmere Faces Glam Bar

PAST BEACON mentors

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LAUREN MOSER SAMUELS & RODRICK SAMUELS

NAHA Finalists, Directors of Hair Lab Detroit Barber School

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MICHELLE O'CONNOR

Five-time NAHA Winner, Matrix Global Artistic Director

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MISSY MEGGINSON

Business Coach

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MICHAEL DEVELLIS

Owner of the Powder Group and On-Makeup Magazine

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JOHN MOSLEY

NAHA 2022 Educator of the Year Winner, CEO Popular Nobody Brand

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JAMAL EDMONDS

NAHA 2022 Texture Winner, Owner Lamaj in the City

how to APPLY

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Find Out if You are Eligible
  2. Cosmetology, barber, esthetics and nail students who are enrolled in an accredited program as of October 25, 2022 are eligible. Recent graduates are also eligible if they were enrolled between January 1, 2022 to October 25, 2021.

  3. Create Your Canvas Me Profile
  4. Your portfolio and digital resume is the first impression for prospective employers. It should highlight your skill, experience, and showcase what sets you apart.
    MAKE YOUR PORTFOLIO STAND OUT

  5. Get a Letter of Recommendation
  6. Let those who know you brag a little! Ask an instructor or employer to tell us what makes you great.
    GET LETTER TIPS & REQUIREMENTS

  7. Build and Share Your Instagram Account
  8. Your social portfolio is essential to showing employers and clients your skills and expertise.
    GET INSTAGRAM TIPS & REQUIREMENTS

  9. Create a Video Introduction
  10. We want to get to know you! Bring to life your excitement for Beacon 2023, introduce yourself, and let us know why you need part of the Beacon class of 2023.
    GET VIDEO TIPS & REQUIREMENTS

  11. Submit Your Application and Entry Fee
  12. Entry opens August 1, 2022 and your application must be submitted by October 25, 2022.

  13. Tell everyone you applied to Beacon 2022!
  14. Download graphics (coming soon) to let everyone know you applied to Beacon! Be sure to tag #Beacon2023!

Beacon alum, Fallyn Mireault gives the rundown on how to apply for Beacon!

Career conversations

Hear first hand experiences from Beacon Alumni and industry experts, to learn how Beacon can ignite your career career in beauty!

PBA Student Membership Has Its Perks!

Join the PBA community for access to career building resources and education, discounts to major industry events, free magazine subscriptions, product and service discounts and so much more! 

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