To advance our nonprofit mission to raise the professionalism of the barbering and beauty industry through advocacy and support, we are pleased to offer the following value-added services, discounts and benefits to you, our beloved personal care service professionals.


April 25, 2024 — We’ve heard your concerns and have totally revamped our FFCRA application process. As you know, the Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) has discovered federal assistance available to 1099 independent contractors, booth/suite renters, and self-employed beauty and barbering professionals.

  * No up-front fees!  

  * No money out of your pocket until you get your self-employed tax credit!  

  * A quicker turn-around to getting your money (through our new interest-free Advance of your entire tax credit within 20 days)! 

  * Retroactively receive every FFCRA dollar you’re legally entitled to, including for 2020 and 2021 tax years!  

To claim your self-employed tax credit (FFCRA) under these improved terms, you will need to restart your application via our new platform.  You will be asked to upload your 2020 and 2021 tax returns to expedite our service to you, so get them handy. Apply Now

Need help? Please contact us by emailing  or by scheduling a call using the following link:  Click here

This is the last Covid assistance program for self-employed workers. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), if you were not able to work due to reasons related to Coronavirus in 2020 and/or 2021, you are eligible to receive Sick Leave and Family Leave credits up to $32,200. This is your last chance to get paid for the days you were sick, quarantined or even affected by Covid. If a child’s school was closed or you cared for another person, you are also eligible for these relief funds.

Fred Jones, PBF Legal Counsel and Advocate, stated All of our beauty and barber professionals felt the financial pinch during the pandemic, and this is our chance as an association to help the industry get some much needed relief. We’ve been helping employee-based salon owners apply and receive millions of dollars with ERC, and now we have an opportunity to help the self-employed — the true heart and soul of our beloved industry. Even if an independent beauty or barber worker received PPP, they still likely qualify. And if a self-employed professional qualifies, the money is theirs, free and clear with no need to apply for forgiveness and not taxable.

“This so amazing! I’m waiting on my returns after filling everything out. It was super easy to do, and I highly suggest filling it out.”

— Heather Byerly, Cosmetologist, Salon Owner, Align Hair Artistry, Louisville, Kentucky

From Modern Salon: Click here

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From The Tease: Click here

For more info from the IRS about the program, go here

The Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with GVC Health Tech and it’s disruptive App product, Give Virtual Care, to offer for the first time to beauty and barbering professionals a turn-key affordable virtual healthcare membership solution that includes unlimited, on-demand, virtual urgent and general care medical appointments through industry leader Teladoc.

Give Virtual Care is a bundled Virtual Healthcare Membership, not insurance. The membership provides immediate or scheduled telehealth visits for general med diagnosis, discounts on prescriptions, expert second medical opinions, tele-mental health and immediate Crisis Care as a completely bundled service for one low monthly cost. The affordable non-insurance solution offers 24/7 care for non-emergency conditions like cold and flu, sinus infections, sore throat, allergies, dermatology, sexual health, pediatrics and more. The Give Virtual Care App is available for all mobile devices and iPads. The Cares Act allows for HSA funds to be used for telehealth.

Even salon owners may choose to offer this to their employees, booth/suite renters and commission professionals as a retention benefit as it is so affordable.

“After two and a half years of Covid, statistically proven, 75% of every urgent care and ER visit could have been avoided if they would have simply used their phone for virtual health.” Tim Ummel, Founder/CEO Give Virtual Care

Listen to the Hair Game Podcast to learn how beauty professionals can benefit and take advantage of virtual healthcare. LISTEN NOW

For more information and to sign up, go to ProBeauty.Health

The Professional Beauty Federation (PBF) is pleased to announce a new credit card merchant services payment solution program called ProBeautyPay™ to all beauty and barbering professionals. There’s never been a better time to switch and save!

Why ProBeautyPay?
• Lowest fees in the beauty industry (lower than Square)
• Free equipment (multiple hardware and software options)
• No contract, no activation fee
• Accept all payments everywhere
• Simple, streamlined onboarding to get started immediately
• Easy to switch merchant platforms and from Venmo or Zelle
• Highest levels of customer support; 24/7 technical support
• Timely reporting dashboard and account management
• Give back to the barbering/beauty industry with each transaction

2.39% + $0.10 per transaction
$10.95 Monthly Fee
(Compare to Square at 2.60% + $0.10 + Equipment Cost)

Accept virtually every type of payment that comes your way — from chip and PIN to tap and pay, and mobile wallets. The PBF merchant service partner has customer representatives dedicated to our barbering/beauty industry that are ready to answer any questions and help you transition to our ProBeautyPay processor.

Unlike other card processors, a small portion of every ProBeautyPay™ transaction goes back to our industry at no cost to you.

“Transitioning my merchant services to ProBeautyPay saves me hundreds of dollars every month … and I’m giving back to my industry!”
Seth Caplan
CR’U Institute of Cosmetology & Barber

For more information and to get started:

If you are interested in a limited time bundle to received three months free Virtual Healthcare by switching to ProBeautyPay, then click here for more information.

Salon Republic Founder and CEO Eric Taylor and now PBF Board Chair states, “As the voice for the professional beauty and barbering industry, the PBF understands the challenges facing our beloved professionals and establishment owners. ProBeautyPay™ cuts through the clutter, saving you money, while supporting your industry. Unlike other card processors, a small portion of every ProBeautyPay™ transaction goes back to the industry at no cost to the beauty professional.”





Additional COVID relief funds are still available. Up to $26,000 for each employee! We’ll help you determine how much you’re entitled to receive and do all the necessary paperwork.

If you have employees (not yourself), don’t miss out on this new opportunity for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), even if you received a forgivable PPP loan. The eligibility requirements can be confusing but the amount of potential funds is substantial! Our successful experience with PPP gives us the credibility, experience and expertise to maximize your ERC. The PBF has helped salons capture over $17 million dollars to date.

Once again, the Beauty Federation has partnered with Adesso Capital, whose team of professionals has the experience and specialized expertise to handle the entire ERC filing process for you. Time is running out to apply. GET STARTED.

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Watch the video below for more details about the Payroll Protection Refund



We want to continue to protect our beloved professionals by partnering with another great advocate, the Elite Beauty Society. EBS offers instant career protection and immediate certification of your professional and general liability insurance! You can sign up in just minutes with their flat fee, no-quote process.

Insurance Coverage Highlights:
  • Professional and General Liability Coverage: $2 million per occurrence
  • Product Liability Coverage: $2 million per occurrence
  • $100,000 Rental Damage Insurance
  • $25,000 Identity Theft Protection
  • $1,000 Stolen Equipment Coverage

Elite Beauty Society bundles everything you need in your professional liability coverage into one incredibly comprehensive policy, at one unbelievably affordable price. For being part of the Professional Beauty Federation community you will receive an exclusive discount on their insurance!  Click and save! 





Get your foils, capes, gloves, and other professional beauty essentials with the click of a button. Stockjoy has run salons and distributed professional beauty supplies to professionals for over 25 years. Over the years, they’ve continued to improve their process to provide a painless way to help professionals with their business. At Stockjoy their goal is to reduce the time spent thinking about supplies to allow you, the professional, to focus on your relationships with your clients. The supply list is focused on the things you use most. They have also made the ordering process easy. Once you setup your account, you can place reorders with a touch of a button and have it delivered to your location within days. EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR PBF: Use code PBF2022 to receive 20% off your first three orders. You can’t beat these prices! Click here to start

COMING SOON: Micro-loans for Beauty Professionals and Salons

What’s on your wish list? An additional chair or table? New equipment? Training to add to your certifications? More product inventory? Maybe a long-awaited vacation? Now you can make your dreams a reality with a ProBeautyFunding loan. The Professional Beauty Federation has once again teamed up with Adesso Capital to offer quick, very affordable loans to self-employed beauty workers. Look for an announcement this Fall.