Never Too Soon

It would be wishful thinking on my part to say that spring is in the air—not in New York, anyway. With Christmas just a recent memory and the new year so new, I haven't had time to break a resolution yet. The best I can do at the moment is just think about the warmer months ahead.

 Mary Novitsky
Mary Novitsky

But at American Salon right now, we're thinking about a lot more than the weather: Plans for IBS New York, April 30 to May 2, 2006, are in full swing. It will be here before you know it, so why not start planning a visit to the Big Apple now?

The leader in professional education, IBS has a stellar roundup of talent on tap to bring you the best the industry has to offer, with more classes, more top educators and more information you can take right back to your salon than ever before. Learn what's exciting, important and new in hair and haircolor, makeup and business from industry greats Mark Garrison, Yves Durif, Mike Karg, Anu Prestonia, Charlie Price, Martin Parsons, Michael DeVellis, Xena Parsons, the Latino Fashion Group and others.

Speaking of new (and exciting), this year's Main Stage is included with the daily admission fee. This is one show you won't want to miss, especially with such dazzling artists as What Not to Wear's Nick Arrojo and runway/celebrity stylist Ted Gibson to look forward to, to name just two. The $80 per day admission fee (register online, at, and you'll save $10) also includes access to the exhibit hall, all free classes, show floor education and admission to American Spa Expo. Hands-on workshops in hair, haircolor and makeup are available for an additional fee; seating is limited—so there's another good reason to plan ahead.

If that's not enough to put you in an April-in-New York state of mind, IBS isn't the only hot ticket in town that weekend. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down at the Professional Beauty Association's 21st annual beauty ball and charity gala at the Marriott Marquis hotel, Saturday, April 29. Themed "Let's Dance," this year's event benefits the NCA Disaster Relief Fund/Katrina with an homage to the great dance music of the '70s. "We want to make this a fun event," says ball chairman Lee Rizzuto Jr. "And it's also a great opportunity for the beauty industry to reach out to help its own members rebuild their lives and their professions."

For updates on the ball, visit, and stay tuned for more in this magazine. See you in April!

Mary Novitsky, Editor In Chief
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