Hairdressing's Brightest

Here's your chance to see some of the biggest names in hairdressing on the IBS New York main stage April 30 and May 1. Robert Cromeans, Irvine Rusk, Robert Lobetta, Vivienne Mackinder, Sam Brocato, Ruth Roche, Zak Mascolo and more surprise guests are joining with IBS New York, American Salon and the NCA in a fundraising drive to raise money for salon professionals affected by Hurricane Katrina. In addition to their main stage presentations, these stylist superstars will be appearing on a special stage on the exhibit floor where T-shirts, memorabilia, autographs and more will be sold with all proceeds benefiting the NCA's Disaster Relief Fund/Katrina. "There's so much personality in our industry," says Robert Cromeans, who will be emceeing the charity efforts. "Bringing everyone together is such a great way to celebrate it and raise money for this important cause." To kick off the effort, IBS New York has pledged $50,000 to help Gulf Coast salon professionals in need. For more information and to order tickets, visit or call 800-427-2420.

The special IBS New York main stage presentation will include:

ROBERT CROMEANS, renowned hair-dresser, platform artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems and the owner of five successful namesake salons. "I speak to about 500,000 hairdressers a year about art, fashion, trends, career paths and business and it's an incredible feeling to be helping others meet their individual goals."

Robert Cromeans
Robert Cromeans


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IRVINE RUSK, hairdresser, photographer and creator of the Rusk line of products and tools. "The best piece of career advice I ever got was shut up and listen," says the 2002 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Irvine Rusk
Irvine Rusk

ROBERT LOBETTA, hairdresser, platform artist, photographer, editorial stylist and educator. "A man in motion, stays in motion," says Sebastian's provocative creative director, who received NAHA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

VIVIENNE MACKINDER, editorial stylist, educator, author and winner of NAHA's 2005 Master Hairdresser of the Year award. "Hairdressers are an integral yet unsung part of the fashion world, contributing vast creativity to a business that is a triumph of collaboration."

SAM BROCATO, award-winning stylist, educator, 2005 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and creator of the Brocato America line of products. "Hair can be a representation of our personality and our life," says the chairman of NCA's Disaster Relief Fund/Katrina.

Sam Brocato
Sam Brocato

RUTH ROCHE, salon owner, editorial stylist, platform artist and educator. "Change brings new energy and creativity," says the American Salon columnist. "It's good for our clients and good for us, too."

ZAK MASCOLO, hairdresser, educator and TIGI USA creative director. "Not everybody can say they have a job that is not like work," says this rising star. "Hairdressing is a fantastic way to make a living."