I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL) so I’m excited to post the article below. Last year Millennium launched their first Be-Cause event and the featured charity was BCL. We put the event together to help raise scholarship money for an aspiring stylist who couldn’t afford beauty education. The event was a huge success and the BCL is a foundation every beauty professional should know about. Below check out a great article by Julie Keller of American Spa Magazine. She is writing about a new BCL blog that was created to inspire our industry and promote giving back.
By Julie Keller
Lao Tzu once said, “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Taking this philosophy to heart, a new blog brings together the deeds, big and small, of beauty professionals in the hopes of encouraging positive change.
It showcases the ways that beauty can benefit individuals, communities, and even the world at large. The blog, located at www.beautychangeslives.org, is an extension of the Beauty Changes Lives initiative launched by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools in 2010. The initiative raises awareness of careers in the beauty industry and provides beauty school scholarships.
The Beauty Changes Lives blog is a forum where anyone with a passion for beauty can converse, collaborate, and inspire others. A team of guest authors including beauty bloggers, salon and spa professionals, and students share first-person stories of transformation, giving back, and inspiring others.
The inaugural post, authored by hairdresser, writer, and editor Jeryl Spear titled, “Yes, I’m a hairdresser,” celebrates how Spear’s career choice has allowed her to play a part in some of life’s biggest moments ranging from a baby’s first haircut to a bride’s wedding day to a hospice patient’s final hours. “So often hairstylists are portrayed in a frivolous light, but the reality is we’re often a part of life’s trans-formative moments, whether that’s a wedding celebration or empowering someone with the confidence to pursue a new career calling,” says Spear.
Beauty Changes Lives spokeswoman Jenn Lyles says the blog seeks feedback from individuals within and beyond the beauty industry. “Beauty professionals touch every facet of the world. Cut-a-thons benefitting children’s programs, domestic violence prevention initiatives and complimentary services for hospitalized patients are just some of the ways beauty professionals give back. We want to hear from those who serve and those who are served by beauty professionals,” she says.
For more information, visit www.beautychangeslives.org.
Posted by Julie Keller, American Spa Magazine
On January 11, 2012
In From the Field, New on the Scene