September 2009

PBA and NCA Agree to Proposed Merger

Following NCA’s recent annual meeting, the National Cosmetology (NCA) announced they have signed an agreement with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to effect a proposed merger.

NCA will remain an independent association brand under the terms of the agreement while leveraging the complementary strengths, assets and member benefits of each group to create new member value as well as to help grow the professional beauty industry.

In time, the proposed merger will have NCA join the PBA’s three existing company based membership sections in its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona as a fourth NCA individual membership section based on NCA’s existing membership criteria for licensed professionals, salon and spa owners and students.

To benefit both memberships, NCA and PBA will work as partners to conduct more comprehensive research into trends, industry best practices and results, as well as combine government relations and lobbying efforts for the benefit of the entire industry.

In addition, NCA and PBA’s member benefits programs will expanded as appropriate as the benefit programs of each are combined. Benefits will include free admission to major industry events including the International Salon & Spa Expo and International Beauty Shows; special pricing to Cosmoprof and the PBA Symposium and discounts on leading advanced academies and a long list of business building programs.

NCA members will see no change in their membership other than the addition of exciting new benefits. NCA’s commitment to its longstanding values of growing careers, inspiring creativity, serving communities and protecting the industry through effective legislative work remain firmly in place and will only become stronger through the proposed merger. NCA’s community service programs (Look Good... Feel Better, CUT IT OUT/Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund, NCA’s Disaster Relief Fund and Dining for Change) remain intact and a major focus for our membership.

For additional information related to NCA, call NCA at 312-673-5868 or For more information about PBA, go to or call 800-468-2274.