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PBA and Beauty Professionals Visit Washington for Lobby Day 2013

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), along with beauty aficionados, visited Washington, D.C., in early May for Lobby Day 2013. Beauty professionals from across the country who chose to volunteer their time to represent their industry traveled to the capital city to meet with Congress and discuss industry issues, as well as to promote the Small Business Tax Equalization & Compliance Act. The bill would grant salon owners a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on the FICA taxes they currently pay on their employees' tip earnings, a luxury the restaurant business has enjoyed for 15 years.

After a day of lobbying Congress members, many of whom were the volunteer beauty professionals' local representatives, Congress and participants were invited to Welcome to Our World (WTOW), hosted by the Professional Beauty Federation, for some beautification. The pop-up salon was located in the Cannon House Office Building, where professionals with OPI, Sexy Hair and JCPenney Salon, among others, devoted their time to polish, pamper and give haircuts to all who visited.

To sign the PBA's letter of support for the Small Business Tax Equalization & Compliance Act, click here.  

Owner of Scott J Salons Scott Buchanan, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), American Salon's Kristen Heinzinger

Congressman Blain Luetkemeyer (R-MO), American Salon's Kristen Heinzinger, Owner of Merrill University Marilyn Sharp, Betty Leaked of the NIC

William Ludwing of Devacurl, Frank Zona of Zona Professional and PBA's Brad Masterson

Welcome to Our World posted up in the Cannon House Office Building

Paoloa Hinton, owner of Five Sense Salon Spa, and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Rep. Bob Latta (OH) with PBA's Bridget Sharpe

About the Author

Kristen Heinzinger

Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.