Monday, March 4 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mental Health & The Beauty Industry

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Being a beauty or barber entrepreneur is hard enough with all the rules, regulations, mandates, tax codes and now, with dealing with the effects of the pandemic. The stress beauty pros endure is enough to break anyone mentally. Mental illnesses can affect a person’s thinking, mood and behavior. It’s time we remove the stigma from mental illness by bringing awareness to this serious topic.

How do people of color take steps to improve their wellness and mental health?
Join Justin Kace, a multi-award Beauty Industry Platform Artist, Educator and Military Veteran along with panelists, Dave, Ray, Niki Smith and Thomas James, to discuss the many aspects of mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, bipolar and anxiety.

The team will share:
  • Learn self-help techniques
  • How to support ourselves or those around us that struggle with mental illnesses
  • Motherhood, love, death, and racism
  • Mental health crisis in the Black community
  • How to combat stigma
  • Spot potential mental illness
  • Practice emotional wellness
  • Getting the best care possible in a system steeped in racial bias

Please note: This panel discussion is included free with your Exhibit Hall pass. Please register here.

*Schedule subject to change

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Justin Kace

JustinKace Products
Justin Kace is CEO of JustinKace Products and the director of JustinKace Platform Artistry BOOTCAMP.  He is a well-respected, sought after award winning educator, platform artist and motivational speaker.  He has also developed a line of educational dvds, salon programs, professional... Read More →

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Niki Smith

Knowledge by Niki Business Development Systems
Niki Smith is a 35-year beauty industry veteran and proud owner of "Knowledge by Niki Business Development Systems.”  She has been recognized as one of the beauty industry’s most prolific educators and motivators. Her platform has afforded her to create…. A.S.P.I.R.E.: Ambitious... Read More →
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Thomas James

Mr. Stateboard
Thomas James is an Air Force Intelligence Veteran who became a dual licensed instructor in both Cosmetology and Barbering. Shortly after getting his license he graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Political Science. Thomas received his Barber’s license at... Read More →
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Dave Ray

Award-winning Beauty Educator/Trichologist/Entrepreneur/Author of twelve publications. Motivational Speaker and Life Skills Coach, Dr. Dave Ray, also known as, “The Beauty Surgeon” has upwards of 40 years in the beauty industry. He is the newly sought-after Customer Service guru.Dr... Read More →

Monday March 4, 2024 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Powerhouse Pavilion