SPOTLIGHT ON PAUL CHAMBERS:                                         A Look Behind the American Beauty Show

By Kai EL’ Zabar

Paul Chambers Paul Chambers Multicultural Salon Board of Directors of Cosmetologists Chicago (not for profit), which produces America’s Beauty Show
Paul Chambers  Board member  of Cosmetologists Chicago (not for profit), which produces America’s Beauty Show

A view of Paul Chambers salon in downtown Chicago
                   A view of Paul Chambers salon in downtown Chicago


Paul Chambers co-owner with wife Wendy Chambers of Paul Chambers Salon, a multicultural salon off Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago is also a major player behind the scenes of the American Beauty Show.

Who Paul is in the beauty industry is no accident. Innovation and education has been at the forefront of his thrust catapulting him into the role of a leading master colorist. In the span of 20 years in his career he has fueled his pursuit with a passion that pushed the boundaries of hair-care, color and hair shaping (cut) attracting a large diverse ethnic following from around the world.

Paul is an American Board Certified Colorist, whose work has been featured in national print publication’s and local media. Paul has recently co-authored (with David Velasco) a new and exciting book called Coloring African American Natural and Chemically Relaxed Hair. As a educator, his focus is teaching salon professional’s and beauty school students everything they need to know about coloring dark pigmented Multi- Ethnic hair successfully. 

Paul’s commitment to raising the standard of professionalism and education in our industry has led him to serve as director on the board for Cosmetologists Chicago Association. 

Paul Chambers captured working his magic
  Paul Chambers captured working his magic

Marriage is challenging perhaps even more so when you spend most of all your time together but Paul says, “It works for us. She’s my best friend whom I can trust, talk to and confide. She knows what I am going through because she is right there in the grind with me daily! She get’s it! She gets me.”

Wendy has 30 years in the industry in which she has propelled as a result of her world-class training under Floyd Kenyatta, Global ambassador of Paul Mitchell and Toni & Guy as well as her due diligence.  Wendy brings a vast amount of knowledge, style and experience in hair dressing and hair-care, which has allowed her to create unique tailored looks specific to the new millennium client. Wendy’s decision-making skills and ability to articulate an idea into an art form for each of her clients has kept her in high demand with a following of loyal clients who speak and tweet enthusiastically about her services. Consequently Wendy’s reputation as a stylist specializing in short hair has made her one of the most sought after stylist in the City of Chicago!

So as a team Paul and Wendy are Triple A, awesome, amazing and astounding working together bringing full circle a full-service salon. Success in their own right as leaders in the beauty industry propelled Paul to gravitate towards a leadership role in the American Beauty Show. He began as a volunteer and according to Paul, “It was the right thing to do for an industry professional such as myself.” Attracted to the ABS, Paul says, “Because I care about the advancement, opportunities, security and support for my fellow cosmetologist and barbers who have given so much to be apart of this great industry.”

Paul hasn’t been disappointed in the show nor his involvement. The impact of the ABS has been of great consequence on the beauty industry. Paul says cosmetologists and Chicago  protect and build our industry as well as the   salon professional by  lobbying for our professional licenses  and keeping everyone in the industry informed  of changes that occur within the State of Illinois.” Chicago recognizes the value of the beauty industry to the city. So it’s easy to understand the importance of its role. Paul says perhaps most important, “Last but not least every year the American Beauty Show provides advanced education and scholarships to help those of us intricately involved in beauty industry improve our technical, communication and business skills. 


 The American Beauty Show 2016 is going on now at McCormick Place through Monday March 14.   People from all over the world come to hundreds of thousands of square feet of wall-to-wall beauty products, where salon professionals have come to find out what’s new … what’s hot … and what consumers come to see what will soon be at their local salons in coming weeks!

 It’s the only place where beauty salon professionals can view over 450 manufacturer exhibits and learn from the best educators in the industry about new beauty products/trends, hot colors in nails, and how to utilize new techniques in hairdressing and hair color.

They discover latest innovations in hair dryers, flat irons, curlers, hair treatments, hair extensions, hair colors, nail colors, and skin care treatments… even the latest in looks for men on the Barbers Stage!  There are continuous  runway presentations from national and international Beauty Stars and celebrity hairdressers from  top manufacturers  – including  Pureology, Farouk, Mizani, American Crew, Matrix, CND Nails, and Aquage.

This exciting  extended weekend long event is one of the most spectacular of its kind. Paul says, “it is why I am drawn to this industry, the people, fashion, science and freedom to control your destiny!”

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