The first mentoring workshop held by the American Board of Certified Haircolorists (ABCH) was an outstanding educational event. The workshop, “ To build better Haircolorists”, was funded in part by the Wella Company.

Sixty-six eager haircolorists were assigned to eleven teams of seasoned ABCH Evaluators. The primary purpose of the workshop was to prepare them to take and pass the Certification exam. Much of the workshop focused on passing of the Performance portion of the exam, which appears to be the most difficult to pass.

Immediately after registering, the students started working placing packets in a weft of hair. The purpose of this exercise was to assign the students to the evaluator who worked most similar to the manner in which the student worked.

Day one everyone prepared a mannequin the same way as they would be required to bring it to the examination and also learned how to make swatches.
On day two the students were taken through the examination one task at a time. The second day concluded by the trainers taking down the work and scoring it.
One evaluator, Charles Traina , was so excited over the progress of his students he could hardly speak. He stated, “In the 15 years I have been evaluating, I have never seen such perfect work!  It was amazing”.

Students who had never colored hair before learned the finer points of dimensional haircoloring.