Professional Beauty Association Announces Six Finalists Who Will Compete at Beauty Pitch 2016

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) are proud to announce the six finalists who will compete in the final round of Beauty Pitch™ 2016. Held Saturday, July 23, Beauty Pitch™ 2016 is part of INSPIRE: A Night Celebrating Beauty Entrepreneurs, which kicks off the PBA’s Beauty Week and the CPNA exhibition in Las Vegas.

Entrepreneurs from the following companies will get an opportunity to showcase their products before a live audience and celebrity judges including John Paul DeJoria and Kevin Harrington:

Startup Business Category:


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  • Flip-It! Cap Company:
  • pur~lisse beauty, LLC:
  • Sunlights Balayage, Inc.:

Established Business Category:

  • P3 Pure, LLC:
  • Vanity Girl Hollywood:
  • Whish:

“These Beauty Pitch finalists represent some of the most innovative, driven and creative professionals in our industry,” said PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper. “Beauty Pitch is an inspiring event, and we’re excited to watch these entrepreneurs share their personal story and their passion with the industry during the kick-off event for PBA Beauty Week and Cosmoprof North America.”

The following industry icons and innovators will judge the pitches:

  • John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board; John Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patrón Spirits Company
  • Emily Dougherty, Beauty Director, Elle Magazine
  • Kevin Harrington, CEO, Kevin Harrington Enterprises
  • Deanne Kaczerski, Executive Editor Director, InStyle Digital Innovation, Time Inc.
  • Mark Spinks, President of CosmoProf and Armstrong McCall, Sally Beauty Holdings

INSPIRE: A Night Celebrating the Beauty Entrepreneur

Beauty Pitch™ 2016 is part of INSPIRE, which will feature networking with some of the industry’s biggest names including: President and CEO of Sally Beauty Holdings, Christian Brinkman; President of Jinny Beauty Supply, Eddie Jhin; President of CosmoProf and Armstrong McCall, Sally Beauty Holdings, Mark Spinks; Vice President of Merchandising and Planning for SalonCentric, Steve Orzel; and celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson.

INSPIRE Schedule of Events

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.                               INSPIRE Reception

7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.                         INSPIRE Dinner

8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.                       Beauty Pitch™ 2016: Live Competition

10 p.m.                                           Dessert Buffet


Registration Visit for Beauty Pitch™ 2016 and INSPIRE registration details. Tickets can be purchased separately for each event.

Net proceeds from INSPIRE will be divided equally between the PBA Foundation, an organization supporting industry related charitable initiatives and the historical preservation of the beauty industry, and City of Hope, a world-renowned comprehensive cancer treatment and research center.

About: Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Beauty Week:  Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Beauty Week (July 23-26, 2016) is North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. This week of beauty features the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), PBA Business Forum, PBA Beacon and City of Hope. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America. To learn more, please visit