The International Beauty Sharpening Association (IBSA)

The IBSA Board has always made your safety and health our top priority. To ensure a safe show this year, the board has decided to host IBSA 2020 virtually.The official show date will be on November 9, 2020. No official times have been set.

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We will host an orientation seminar on November 2, 2020 to assist with setup and platform functionality/questions. No official times have been set.

Can’t make it to the event? Register anyway and get access to to the on-demand presentation by including it in the comments section of your Google Forms.

To register as an attendee click here!
To register as an exhibitor click here!

Show itinerary will be posted once finalized.

If you are interested in being a speaker or exhibitor at this year’s virtual IBSA, please contact

The International Beauty Sharpening Association (IBSA) mission is to create the ultimate education and training experience for our fellow sharpeners and shear sharpening enthusiasts.

Shear Sharpening Business

A shear sharpening business has the potential for high profits. Hair stylists invest hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars on shears. Many hair stylists seek professional shear sharpening services for “like new” condition on shears.

Attending conferences and becoming a member of IBSA will enable you to network with other shear sharpeners from across the United States as well as top-notch professional certifiers who have a lot of experience in not just the sharpening business but the hair industry as well. You will be able to maximize your profits.

Shear Sharpening & Care

Regardless of cost, your purchase of a quality shear is an investment in your career that needs to yield lasting results. You can follow a our instruction to keep you shears sharp and well-maintained.

Please click here to read more.

Shear Advice (Fact & Fiction)

Fiction: Some shears are marketed as ‘never needing to be sharpened’.
Fact: Shears are made differently, but that doesn’t mean that there are those that don’t need to be sharpened.

Fiction: Low quality shear can cut similarly to a high quality shear
Fact: High-quality shears are better functioning, and are made to last longer

Please click here to read more.

The International Beauty Sharpening Association – IBSA Event & News

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     1. Coming together as a community. First is that we hold the success of their business as our primary concern. Without them there would be no us, and that shouldn’t be a platitude or nostrum; we must believe it and build everything else upon it. So while you may have a particular opinion re [More...]

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  • Survey #1: Facing COVID-19
    COVID-19 SURVEY RESULTS 34% said no effect on business but were quick to emphasize “YET”55% said they have been affectedMultiple complaints about struggles with delivery services STRATEGIES: Switching to electronic payment/cash in ziplock’sMarket with diversity and enthusiasmMarketing sharpening during stylist’s down time while they can be without toolsOffering services on e-bayOffering drop off’s/mail [More...]

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  • Attendee / Exhibitor Registration
    Information for both Exhibitor and Attendee registration for the Seventh Annual International Beauty Sharpening Association 2019 has been updated. We recommend you email in the information, but you may also mail it in. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know. -IBSA Board of Directors