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12 Salon and Spa Conferences Happening in 2020

By Ty Davidson

EDITOR'S NOTE: Many of the events in this post have been canceled, postponed, or gone virtual. 

Like most spa and salon business owners this time of year, you're busy creating marketing plans for upcoming spring holidays, preparing for tax season, and taking care of your normal day-to-day tasks. Odds are, you're probably feeling pretty buried. 

While the possibility of taking some time for yourself may still feel light-years away, opportunities to take some time for yourself are right around the corner. 

Sure, leaving everything behind might sound great, but what if you could travel abroad and still keep your business goals in sight? 

Conferences are the perfect way to venture out into the wide world and still grow your salon or spa. They are an awesome way to learn new techniques, expand your offerings, and make connections with your peers. 

There is no substitute for the connections made at these in-person events. While a conference only lasts for a weekend or more, the relationships and knowledge will last a lifetime. 

Thinking of packing your bags? Here are twelve not-to-be-missed salon and spa conferences in 2020 (in order by date): 

1. International Salon + Spa Expo 

When: January 25-28, 2020 

Where: Long Beach, CA 

For one weekend in SoCal, members of the spa and salon industry gather at the International Salon + Spa Expo for an action-packed expo of education, networking, and discovery. Meet with industry-leading educators and influencers, talk with other business owners, and find new products for your business, all in one place! 

Why you should attend: 

  • Expand your knowledge with classes on technique and business management 

  • See the biggest names in beauty at the North American Hairstyling Awards 

  • Explore upcoming spa and salon brands from all over the world 

2. America’s Beauty Show

When: April 18-20, 2020 

Where: Chicago, IL 

For three exciting days, America's Beauty Show brings salon owners, colorists, cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians together to experience the future of the industry. Visitors are sure to leave this spa and salon conference inspired and ready to change their business for the better. 

Why you should attend:  

  • Expand your services with hands-on classes on technique and product knowledge 

  • Explore new styles and ideas at the ABS Global Image Awards 

  • Learn about new offerings from partners and exhibitors 

3. SpaTech North America 

When: April 26-29, 2020 

Where: Miami, FL 

Designed to help build relationships in the spa industry, SpaTech is the best place to network and grow your business circle. By connecting suppliers, owners, and managers, the event fosters collaboration and communication amongst all industry members.  

Why you should attend: 

  • Participate in one-on-one meetings with industry-leading suppliers 

  • Build relationships with spa owners and directors 

  • Discover new products and services at the supplier showcase 

4. Data-Driven Salon Summit 

When: May 17-19, 2020 

Where: Atlanta, GA 

At the Data-Driven Salon Summit, salon owners and managers come together to take a deep dive into the metrics that make for successful beauty businesses. By focusing on using benchmarks and best practices, this conference will show owners how they stack up against industry-leading salons. 

Why you should attend: 

  • Learn how other business owners are leveraging technology to grow their business 

  • Discover how to improve business performance in retail, marketing, retention, and more 

  • Meet and network with experienced industry professionals 

5. Premiere Orlando 

When: May 30-June 1, 2020 

Where: Orlando, FL 

At the largest beauty show in North America, attendees can connect with educators and distributors to grow their knowledge and offerings. With their huge number of classes and exhibitors, Premiere Orlando is the place to find new trends, techniques, and products. 

Why you should attend:  

  • Gain new knowledge by choosing from hundreds of professional education classes 

  • Showcase your skill by competing in hair and makeup competitions 

  • Meet with hundreds of exhibitors on the expo floor to find the next big thing 

6/7. International Beauty Show and International Esthetics, Cosmetics, and Spa Conference 

When: June 27-29, 2020 

Where: Las Vegas, NV 

Happening at the same time in Las Vegas, the International Beauty Show and International Esthetics, Cosmetics, and Spa Conference are designed to help spa and salon owners stay at the forefront of their competitive industry. During a weekend full of education and inspiration, attendees will find everything they need to advance their careers and grow their businesses.  

Why you should attend: 

  • Discover new techniques at workshops and classes with targeted learning tracks 

  • Stock up on up-and-coming brands for your business  

  • Meet suppliers, industry professionals, and influencers 

8. Cosmoprof North America 

When: June 28-30, 2020 

Where: Las Vegas, NV 

At the leading B2B beauty exhibition in the Americas, the entire industry comes together to discover the future of major and independent salon and spa brands. By visiting this launchpad for new inventions, Cosmoprof North America attendees are sure to bring back a piece of the future to their business. 

Why you should attend:  

  • Get matched 1:1 with exhibitors to grow your product offerings 

  • Explore revolutionary new technologies and services 

  • Network with industry insiders and peers 

9. Beauty Expo Australia

When: August 22-23, 2020 

Where: Sydney, Australia 

One of the largest beauty events in the southern hemisphere, Beauty Expo Australia is the place to learn and explore alongside the biggest names in the industry. With their emphasis on education, exhibition, and competition, this spa and salon conference is a weekend chock full of personal development and business growth.  

Why you should attend: 

  • Discover new brands and products to increase your offerings 

  • Attend the Face 2 Face Makeup Awards and see the best and the brightest in action 

  • Connect and network with industry members from all over the globe  

10. The BOLD Conference

When: August 31-September 2, 2021

Where: San Diego, CA

Mindbody’s BOLD conference is the go-to event for the fitness, beauty, and wellness worlds. Over three days, attendees meet and mingle with industry professionals, explore the latest trends, discover what’s next, and learn how to grow their business. 

Why you should attend: 

  • Be inspired to connect the world to wellness by speeches from great keynote speakers 

  • Attend panels and breakout sessions led by industry insiders to grow your business 

  • Network and party with other business owners at BOLD Bash 

11. Salon International Show UK 

When: October 10-12, 2020 

Where: London, UK 

The premier destination for salon industry members, the Salon International Show is a one-stop-shop for everything for your beauty business. From free education to product and service experiences, this event has everything that you need to feel inspired at your business. 

Why you should attend: 

  • Sample new products and supplies for your salon 

  • Build relationships with peers and suppliers 

  • Discover the latest industry trends for your clients 

12. International Spa Expo

When: October 14–16, 2020 

Where: National Harbor, MD 

With its focus on education, the International Spa Expo is the best place to get the knowledge that you need to grow your spa business. Outside of the classroom, visitors can explore up-and-coming products and services for the spa industry on the expo floor. 

Why you should attend: 

  • Attend education classes on topics like business strategy, customer service, and management 

  • Learn about the state of the spa industry 

  • Network with other attendees from the spa community 

13. Global Wellness Summit 

When: November 10-13, 2020 

Where: Tel Aviv, Israel 

The biggest players in the wellness world meet at the Global Wellness Summit to exchange ideas and examine upcoming trends. With a focus on shaping the future, this invite-only event is a great way to meet decision-makers from all over the world and establish yourself as an industry leader.  

Why you should attend: 

  • Attend keynote speeches by high-profile experts 

  • Examine global events and their impact on the wellness industry 

  • Be the first to discover upcoming industry innovations 

About the author:

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Ty Davidson

Digital Marketing Specialist


Ty is a Bay Area ex-pat with a smoldering desire to be a part of the noise. Passionate about writing, talking, and reading, he's always somewhere in the blogosphere covering hot stories, offering a provoking opinion, or rambling about the next big thing. Off of the 'net, Ty can be found running on the beach, rock climbing at the gym, holed up in a local taqueria, or hiking with his wife and Shiba Inu.

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