This logo will be provided to members that have businesses ranging from small, local hair saloons all the way up to high-end, exclusive salon-spas.
The logo should be gender neutral as both male & female owners will be members. This isn't necessarily about being "pretty" to look at. It is more about being distinguished and being set apart from the rest. The logo should make the owner proud to have it displayed all over their salon, business cards, letterhead, websites, etc.
A badge, a seal, a crest, etc. would be more along the lines of what we are looking for.
This association will have a lot of exposure in the industry and will become a top player at trade shows which are heavily attended.
Imagine yourself receiving this distinction. What would make you proud to display it? That should help your creative fire come up with a winner.