General Admission

July 1st - September 24th

Ticket includes:

Education, Sunday Workshop, Swag Bag, Prizes, Vendor Expo, Lunch, Happy Hour, Additional Non-Hair Classes. More to be Announced!

Ticket Valued at $350


On Monday, September 24th, the Sola Sessions is heading to the Windy City for a Sessions event unlike any other!

  Artistic Education from Industry Greats
  Business & Marketing Education
  Vendor Expo
  Cocktail Reception
  Inspiration and Community
  Non-Hair Workshops
  SWAG Bag, Prizes & Giveaways
  Sunday Cutting Class

More to be Announced!

When and Where

Sun, September 23, 2018
  Hands-On Class with the Business of Balayage 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM CST | The Blackstone Hotel Learn More and Buy Your Ticket
  Cutting Class with John Mosley from Hattori Hanzo Shears 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST | The Blackstone Hotel
  Vendor Expo Sunday Evening 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Venue SIX10


Mon, September 24, 2018
  General Session 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Keynote Address, Business, Retail, Marketing, Salon Etiquette 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Artistic Education • Paul Mitchell (color, cutting, and styling) • Mizani (texture styling, braiding, and accessories) • Hattori Hanzo Shears (barbering) 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Leading Ladies 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception

Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Group wide

Getting There

Venue SIX10 is located on Michigan Avenue directly across the street from beautiful Millenium Park. We have secured a room at the Blackstone Hotel, which is on the same block, south of the venue, and a 1 minute walk. To reach Venue SIX10 and the Blackstone Hotel via Midway International Airport, expect an Uber or Lyft to take about 20 minutes. If you fly into O'Hare International Airport, except a ride share to take about 45 minutes. If you live in the area and plan to drive, parking through Venue SIX10 is $8 for 12 consecutive hours.

Chicago venue

Featured Presenters

Cromeans Robert Cromeans Paul Mitchell
Cuomo Mary Cuomo Paul Mitchell
Ninakovner Nina Kovner Passion Squared
Jennie wolff Jennie Wolff Sola Salon Studios
Kim bennett Kim Bennett Sola Salon Studios
Jamal Jamal Edmonds Mizani
Evie johnson Evie Johnson Mizani
Kim Bennett's passion as a hairdresser has taken her on a journey through the beauty industry for more than 25 years. As a licensed cosmetologist since the age of 18, she has continued to catapult her career and her business from her humble small town beginnings, and is dedicated to inspiring others in the beauty industry.

As a Senior National Educator for Paul Mitchell for the past 24 years she was one of the first Artistic Color Coordinators chosen to help launch Paul Mitchell's first color line, as well as being a Task Force Leader where she trained and coached regional Paul Mitchell National Educators. She received the Paul Mitchell Focus Award in 2012, and continues to educate and help salons grow their business.

While working in all aspects of traditional salons, Kim made the decision of salon ownership after meeting Sola's co-founders, Matt and Stratton, at a coffee shop in Denver, Colorado and became the first Sola professional to sign a lease in early 2004! Throughout her 13 years at Sola, Kim has supported and represented Sola Salon Studios in myriad ways and in early 2014 was brought on to the Sola Home Office Team. Within her current role as Culture Ambassador and Director of Industry Relationships, Kim uses her expertise to share the Sola Salon Studios culture to connect and build relationships throughout the Professional Beauty Industry.

Her passion and success as a Sola professional has spread like wildfire being asked to speak with industry leaders on better business practices and has been featured in many publications including Modern Salon, Behind the Chair, American Salon and Milady Pro. Kim is dedicated to creating opportunities for Sola professionals to inspire them to become successful business owners while also enjoying their best artistic self.
Hairdresser, salon owner, platform artist and industry legend, John Paul Mitchell Systems® Global Artistic & Business Director Robert Cromeans inspires hairdressers around the globe with his charming wit, innovative artistry and proven business strategies. Few have achieved such international acclaim; fewer still have worked so hard to share the keys to success with others. Robert is the proud owner of A Robert Cromeans Salons and Walkin Salons by Robert Cromeans in San Diego, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.
After graduating from Emory University with a degree in Creative Writing, Jennie ventured to Colorado to break into Denver's entertainment scene, and was quickly hired by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. After 5 years of managing Kroenke's Special Events department, Jennie joined Motive, a boutique creative marketing agency. While at Motive, she worked on experiential campaigns and digital projects for top brands such as Mars Chocolate, Van's Natural Foods and Cartoon Network. Throughout this time, Jennie was a happy customer of an esthetician named Michelle who closed her traditional salon doors to move to Sola Salon Studios in Denver, CO.

In 2013, Matt and Stratton (Sola's co-founders) convinced Jennie to turn her talents toward the salon industry. As Sola's Vice President of Marketing and Education, Jennie manages the Sola marketing efforts top-to-bottom, including Sola's social media strategy, the Sola blog, Sola's website, all of Sola's traditional and nontraditional marketing campaigns, innovative stylist programs and education such as the Sola Pro app, SolaGenius and the Sola Sessions.
At hair shows, Mary Cuomo initiates breathtaking transformations that start at the model casting and culminate on the Paul Mitchell® stage. At A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego, Mary's specialty is five-star treatment. She has mastered the art of the upgrade and derives 80% of her salon business from the Color Bar℠ experience. Mary's artistry and pace make her one of Paul Mitchell's most sought-after international show artists. Watch how she brings this excitement to everything she does!
At an early age, native Washingtonian Jamal Edmonds was captivated by his passion for hair care. He steadfastly began his career with salon assistantships in the mid 1990s and earned a scholarship to attend the prestigious Bennett Career Institute (BCI). Jamal graduated in the top percentile of his class from BCI, obtaining a certification in management as well as his cosmetology license from District of Columbia Board of Cosmetology. He is the founder and co- owner of Salon Lamaj in Washington, D.C.

For more than 10 years, Jamal's detailed artistry and precision have consistently created a buzz in the hair industry. Over the last several years, he was the recipient of countless Golden Scissors Awards such as "Braider of the Year," "Weave Master of the Year," and "Male Stylist Overall Winner of the Year." In 2003, as the winner of the "Celebrity Stylist Avalon Products" contest, Jamal assisted celebrity hair stylists Neeko and Frederick Parnell during a photo shoot. And, throughout his career, Jamal's styling has been featured in countless hair magazines including: Sophisticates, Black Hair, Mazza International, Hype Hair, Style Q, Black Passion and Montage.

Jamal continues to maintain a solid clientele, providing his artistic ability and consultant services for training, wedding parties, proms, graduations and special events in Washington, D.C., as well as in cities across the United States, upon request. A master hair technician, Jamal's skillful hands continue to make a statement in the industry. He has provided his hair care expertise to the entertainment industry in the form of commercial print and runway. In 2003, Jamal was the hair stylist for a Zuri Sheer Beauty product advertisement. And, in 2006, he was the lead hair stylist for former MTV Vee Jay and television personality La La Vasquez's cover photo shoot in Montage magazine. In 2009 Jamal landed two (2) magazine covers for "Orlando Style" and "LMH" magazine as well as a full editorial spread in "Zink!" magazine. In 2011 Jamal joined the MIZANI design team as an educator and continues advanced education in cosmetology as he strives and continues to grow in this industry.

In addition to sharing his talent with clientele, Jamal allots time in his active schedule for mentoring up and coming stylists with trendsetting hair techniques in the Washington Metropolitan area. He occasionally participates in charitable organizations by donating his hair care services to those who are less fortunate.

Jamal Edmonds' superb hair designs are preferred for consultations, hair care advertisements and print campaigns as well as by celebrities. Contact Jamal for revolutionary techniques and wearable art!
From the shampoo room to the boardroom, Nina L. Kovner took the world of pro beauty by storm with her thoughtful attention to detail and never-ending tenacity. After 26 years of conquering obstacles in an ever-changing business landscape and helping to build one of the most recognized professional hair care brands in the world, she respectfully walked away from a career at the top to help small business owners and artists discover and live their purpose with passion and empower their businesses. Now, as Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, she wakes up every morning saying to herself..."How I am going to help people create their own kind of awesome today?"
Evie Johnson is a salon owner, Certified Trichologist, platform stylist and educator trained under the most prestigious lines such as Vidal Sassoon, Pivot Point and Activia. Evie's expertise is also represented by prominent product lines such as Alberto Culver and Mizani. She is, hands down, a master of her craft. Evie holds the title of Master Stylist for Mizani's International Developmental Team. Specializing in hair shaping, coloring and treatment, Evie's creations can been seen and identified around the world. Simply and bluntly put she is on pace to be recognized as a global icon.

You can find her work almost everywhere. Whether it's thumbing through pages of spreads in trendy hair magazines, or ad campaigns by your favorite hair product lines, Evie's work speaks for itself. She has also personally styled celebrity notables and industry recording artist clients such as Tasha Smith, Trey Songz, Laurie Ann Gibson, Chrisette Michelle, Debra L. Lee, and Deborah Cox just to name a few.

Although Evie runs a tight schedule at her salon with her favorite, every day clients, she makes time to share and educate her fellow beauty professionals with her cutting edge styling techniques as well as her latest hair shaping trends and custom hair units. Using skills she's acquired over the years, Evie educates beauty professionals on taking their careers to levels some thought they could only imagine achieving. Whether it be photo shoots, film, everyday women, or wanting to be the star of your next event Evie is the stylist for you and for the beauty industry professional wanting to take their career to that next level Evie is the educator for you.
Innovation! Education! Commitment! These are often the words used by those in the hair care industry to describe Terri Cowan. Terri alongside her husband, Steve Cowan own Professional Salon Concepts, the first beauty industry distributor to earn a place among Inc. Magazine's top 500 privately owned companies in America. They earned this honor not just once, but twice. They were named Modern Salon's "Distributor of the Year" and presented the Diamond Award for Excellence in Customer Service by American Salon Magazine.

As proud distributors, Terri and Steve have applied their background and experiences in business and training to build PSC into the industry leader that it is today.

Terri serves as one of the Salon Industry's leading and most respected speakers and trainers. Her direct common sense approach to measuring and quantifying extraordinary customer service, combined with her undeniable sense of humor, is what her audiences enjoy the most.

Today, Terri and Steve Cowan act as consultants to many of the salons they serve. They are consultants for A Robert Cromeans Salons and are combining efforts with John Paul Mitchell Systems to spread their culture. In 2007 they started their journey into the world of the Paul Mitchell Schools. Today they are Co-Owners to the Paul Mitchell schools in Escanaba, Michigan, Chicago, IL and Lombard, IL.

So their mission continues – "To Grow the Beauty Industry, One Hairdresser at a time."
Leading ladies

Leading Ladies Panel

What do you get when you bring Eden Sassoon, Sonya Dove, Jenny Strebe, Tracey Hughes, and Najah Aziz together for an all-female panel? A star-studded, candid discussion tackling issues these women face as leading ladies in the beauty industry - and as wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, business women, entrepreneurs, educators, and philanthropists. Moderated by self-proclaimed "lady at heart" Gordon Miller, CEO of Hairbrained.

Event Partners

Hanzo Passion squared Sola Solagenius Saloncentric Paul mitchell Bioelements Muse Making it matter Mizani Cosmoprof Leading ladies Opi Hairbrained Ienvy Salontech Hairdo

Discounted Rooms Available

The Blackstone Hotel $239 Per Night

Chicago hotel


There are no shortage of awesome hotels on Michigan Avenue! If you prefer not to stay at The Blackstone, there are other great options within walking distance to Venue SIX10. Check out The Congress Plaza Hotel, Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago, Hilton Chicago, or Chicago's Essex Inn.

I can't even begin to explain how magical of a time I had at the Sola Sessions! I am inspired and uplifted, and most of all, so grateful to be a part of the Sola family!

Brittany Athey

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