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Creating Award-Winning Looks at IASC

Posted on: November 19th, 2014

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is honored to announce that two of its talented cosmetology students picked-up awards at the 29th annual Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools’ Student Contest (IASC), held on November 9th at Tinley Park Convention Center.

The following students represented TUBC with beautiful, creative work: Laura Saunders (TUBC’s Glendale Heights campus), Rebekah Hall (Chicago NE campus), and Kathryn (Kaedi) Leamon (both from TUBC”s Chicago NE campus); with Kathryn awarded first place and Laura winning fifth place in the bridal category.

The bridal category asked student competitors to create a very elegant bridal look that reflected a fashionable ‘classic bridal wedding’. Hair could be short or long and styled as an updo or down. The degree of difficulty in achieving the final hairstyle and makeup was considered as part of the judging.

Jill Marcodes, Executive Director of Cosmetology at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, says:“This competition is always important to our students – it’s a chance for cosmetology students across Illinois to gather and demonstrate their newly developed beauty skills. This year’s team had an awesome time and a special congratulations to the two award winners.”

More about Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is the premier beauty education provider that is redefining the industry and producing salon-ready graduates prepared for successful careers. Founded by international beauty industry leader Mario Tricoci, TUBC is developing a new type of professional for the beauty industry by using innovative teaching methods and facilities for students seeking to become successful cosmetologists, estheticians, and beauty school teachers. Each campus offers financial aid to those that qualify, including many institutional scholarship opportunities. There are ten campuses located throughout Illinois and Indiana. For more information, please visit, or connect with us at or

TUBC Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on: October 16th, 2014

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its flagship campus this month (October 2014).

The international beauty industry leader, Mario Tricoci, founded TUBC a decade ago with the sole purpose to redefine beauty education. He launched the Chicago Northwest campus on Harlem Avenue in 2004 and then went on to open nine more campuses across Illinois and Indiana.

To mark this ten-year milestone, Mario Tricoci will host an exclusive VIP and Grand-Reopening celebration at the recently renovated Chicago Northwest Campus later this month. Attendees will include TUBC’s Executive team, Salon Corps® members (local salon owners and professionals), national media contacts, and its beauty product partners.

Mario Tricoci says: “I’m proud of what we have achieved over the past decade and it has been amazing to watch TUBC grow across Illinois and Indiana. The whole TUBC team deserves recognition, including our talented team of instructors, dedicated students, and successful graduates. Education is everything in the beauty industry, and we should never stop learning.”

Brian Weed, CEO of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, says: “We’re thrilled to mark this milestone in TUBC’s history with some of our close supporters and partners. We’re excited to unveil the remodeled campus, too. As for the future of TUBC, we plan to continue building upon our successes for many years to come!”

I Won a 2014 Beacon Award

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014

by Joanna Feliciano, a student at Tricoci University

I would like to start off by thanking every educator, staff member and classmate at Tricoci University. If it wasn’t for all the help and support, I would’ve never won the Beacon contest.

Beacon was an amazing experience. I wish that every student could attend! We got to hear about all the things that the Professional Beauty Association does for the cosmetology industry; like how they’re fighting with Congress to keep our license a requirement for professionals (so that not just anyone can do hair) and about different charities they support to help cancer patients and women affected by domestic violence.

At the PBA business forum we got to hear from Mark Cuban (from the TV show Shark Tank). He gave us tips on running a business. We also heard from Larry Curtis from Taylor Andrews Academy who told us to “never stop learning” and “if someone tells you that something is impossible, it’s only because it’s impossible for them!”

The NAHA’s were awesome, too! There was 14 different categories including contemporary classic, hair color, make up artist of the year, student hairstylists of the year and lifetime achievement award. It was nice to see everybody’s work and how they did things to hair that at this point I had no idea could be done. They also had runway shows by Redken, JCPenney, and Aveda. My favorite part at the NAHA’s after party was getting to meet Sam Villa and Andrew Carruthers!

On the last day of Beacon we heard from Sam Burns. He told us right now we should also be focusing on men clientele because most women right now are growing out their hair, wearing extensions or have an ombré and not coming into the salon as often. We also had an open mic where we could ask past and present NAHA winners any questions we had. We also heard from Vivienne McKinder who is know as the hairdresser’s hairdresser.

Vivienne talked to us about client consultation (to stay away from salon drama!), perfecting our craft, and time management. At the end of Beacon, Vivienne stayed an extra hour just to make sure that every person who wanted a picture or autograph had one — she was amazing and truly inspiring!

What I learned from the Beacon experience is: don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask questions when applying at a salon. If you’re going to be working there, you want to make sure that you’re interviewing them. If they can’t properly interview you, then they won’t have the time to properly train you either. You don’t have to take the first job right out of beauty school, it’s ok to shop around. Beacon made me more confident in myself going forward and I can’t wait to take the next step!

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Tricoci Honors Salon Corps

Posted on: March 14th, 2014

Salons and spas that have been significantly engaged with Tricoci University of Beauty Culture over the past two years have earned tier statuses from the premier beauty school.

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is honored to announce the 2014 tier statuses for its Salon Corps® members. Gold members include Great Clips (Perez franchise), Hair Cuttery and Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas.

Silver members include Charles Ifergan, Image Skincare International, JC Penney, Kut Above Salon & Spa, Linea Hair Salon & Day Spa, Marc Alan Salon & Day Spa, Riah Salon, Sport Clips, Ulta, and Vanis Hair Salon & Day Spas. Another 43 salons were recognized as Bronze-level members this year.

TUBC formalized the Salon Corps program as a way to deepen the three-way relationship between the school, local beauty service providers, and TUBC students. Salon Corps members are able to take advantage of benefits associated with their tier level status, which include connecting with TUBC graduates and students, use of campus facilities, invitations to exclusive events and tuition scholarship opportunities for student referrals.

“Salon Corps is set up as a win-win-win program,” said Brian Weed, CEO of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “The students’ learning experience is enriched because of the members’ involvement. Tier members receive a variety of benefits, including premier access to our future graduates for their open positions. And our schools benefit from Salon Corps members’ qualified student referrals, as well as their input provided during guest lectures, demonstrations and advisory board meetings.”

TUBC’s Salon Corps program is open to all salons, spas and other beauty industry companies. While tier members receive additional benefits, all members are seen as valued partners that have unique contributions to make to TUBC, which can then lead to tier membership. Companies that would like to learn more about the program should send an inquiry to