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Follow Your Path to Success


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.

Follow your path to success! Apply to Beacon 2021 for the opportunity to join the best and brightest students in the industry.

HURRY! Application close date is Thursday, Nov 5th! 

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Career Conversations

Join us for weekly webinars to hear first hand experiences from Beacon Alumni and industry experts, to learn how Beacon can ignite your career career in beauty!

Why You Should Apply

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 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.


Learn more about how you can help your students apply for Beacon!



Beacon Application Fee:

Advanced Pricing (through August 31): Member $25 | Regular $45

Regular Pricing (after September 1): Member $50 | Regular $75

Once accepted into the program, tuition for Beacon is $150  

Your investment includes all program tools and materials, three days with top industry experts, ISSE ticket, a NAHA ticket, and exclusive Beacon swag!

You are also responsible for travel expenses (airfare, hotels, etc)

Need help paying for Beacon? Talk to your school to find out if they can help cover costs, and scholarships may also be available. Contact beacon@probeauty.org for info.


Beacon was an amazing life changing experience for me! Everything went wrong in the days & weeks prior to me going, it was like something was trying to keep me from being there.... I am so glad I didn’t give up & made it! I may not have had but $50 to my name but I left there extremely wealthy! I hope to return as an alumni!

Here's How to Apply

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


  1. Find Out if You are Eligible
  2. Cosmetology, barber, esthetics and nail students who are enrolled in an accredited program as of June 15th, 2020 are eligible. Recent graduates are also eligible if they were enrolled between June 15th, 2020 to November 5, 2020.

  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.

  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.

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

  9. Create a Video Introduction
  10. We want to get to know you! Bring to life your excitement for Beacon 2021, introduce yourself, and let us know why you need part of the Beacon class of 2021.

  11. Submit Your Application and Entry Fee
  12. Entry opens June 15, 2020 and your application must be submitted by November 5, 2020.

  13. Tell everyone you applied to Beacon 2021!
  14. Download graphics to let everyone know you applied to Beacon! Be sure to tag #Beacon2021!



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