By Damion Smalls
A Beautiful Creation Cosmetology Association, LLC (ABCCA) owner Sandra Blue founded the organization in 2018 with the magnanimous intent to assist cosmetologists trying to obtain their license and succeed in the beauty industry. As a licensed cosmetology instructor, she is providing a valuable service along with the ABCCA team that includes trade skills, entrepeneurialship, and mentorship.
Blue is a Burke High graduate who earned her cosmetology license while enrolled at the high school. With over three decades of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and owner of multiple beauty salons in the past, she has the gravitas to impart real world market knowledge to those wise enough to take part in the ABCCA movement.
A Beautiful Creation is a continuing education school for licensed cosmetologists in the Lowcountry. It consists of a team of state certified cosmetologists that acts as an educational base capable of administering evolving resources, networks, business opportunities, and more for players of various experience levels in the beauty industry.
The cosmetology scene in South Carolina is structured for future growth with the ascension of groups such as ABCCA. Never the easiest market to enter for Black workers, Blue spent several years in the field of criminology after acquiring a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She transitioned her lifelong affinity for cosmetology into a side job while in college as she extended hair services to her peers.
After many years in the game and accomplishing numerous personal feats, Blue is hopeful that more African Americans will acquire trade skills and take advantage of the budding beauty industry as she has done with vigor. A recent report from the Nielsen Company can shed some light regarding ABCCA’s aspirations.
According to the 2018 Nielsen study, ‘Black Impact: Consumer Categories Where African Americans Move Markets,’ “…African Americans have cornered the ethnic hair and beauty market, ringing up $54 million of the $63 million total industry spend in 2017.” Additionally, they noted in the study that “Black shoppers spent $473 million in total hair care (a $4.2 billion industry) and made other significant investments in personal appearance products, such as grooming aids ($127 million out of $889 million) and skin care preparations ($465 million out of $3 billion).”
Two upcoming workshops, to be held at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (220 Holiday Drive) in Summerville, will be hosted by A Beautiful Creation for cosmetologists interested in perfecting their skill sets. Monday, January 28 from 8 AM to 3 PM, the hair cutting workshop aims to reinforce the basics of hair cutting with information and demonstrations. Sunday, February 17 from 8 AM – 3:30 PM, the hair styling workshop offers discussions on different styles, history, and modern techniques with hands-on practice included.
Applicants will earn 6 CE hours for each class upon completion. $65 is the pre-registration price; $75 for late registration (at the door on the date of event). Registration is now open on the ABCCA website, abeautifulcreationca.com. As a reminder, visit the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology online at www.llr.sc.gov/POL/Cosmetology/ as state cosmetology licenses will expire at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019.
For more information on the workshops and ABCCA, call 843-970-0426 or find them on Facebook (@abccaceu).