Cosmetology is a thriving industry, with a growth that surpasses many other trade professions. With a growth rate of over 15% per year, well above the national average, it’s no wonder that the public opinion of cosmetologists is changing.
No longer thought of as the beauty obsessed high-school dropouts, cosmetologists are career-minded professionals who are driven by a deep work ethics and goals.
Nowhere is the commitment and culture of this profession shown better than in the community outreach, and in the good deeds that prove why the beauty industry is important.
So much of our self-esteem and worth is driven by our appearance, and how we perceive ourselves. These important base-lines can be heavily distorted when your life leaves you in a place that makes caring for yourself is difficult, or when your health takes a turn that leaves you questioning your beauty or worth.
It is in these moments that this amazing community shines, displaying their true heart, and showing the world that cosmetology, and the amazing artists behind it, matter.
A Haircut for the Homeless
People have a hard time looking past an outward image. When a man is seen sitting on a street corner, covered in matted hair, an opinion is cast. It’s amazing how a simple haircut can change that. Organizations like Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation work diligently to build fundraisers and opportunities to connect hairstylists with homeless individuals who are in need of an uplift and a confidence boost.
It’s not just organizations that do the foot work here. Individuals work hard to make things happen, like Mark Bustos, who for years spent his one day off each week changing the lives of the homeless in New York City. Now he travels the world helping the homeless and needy worldwide. You can follow him on Instagram for some amazing before and after photos and some truly inspirational outreach.
R.I.P. Uncle Chen My heart is heavy today. Uncle Chen was a homeless man who I had the privilege of spending time with under a bridge in a suburban area of Guangzhou, China on July 2016. On August 6, 2016, he passed in a deadly car accident. He was a kind soul that made me feel strong and protected as he introduced me to all of his other friends and family living under the bridge with him. My prayers go out to Uncle Chen and all those blessed to know him. Rest in Paradise my friend. 👼🏻 📷 @williamyan #BeAwesomeToSomebody #Guangzhou #China
A Lift in the Face of Cancer
It’s important to remember that Cosmetology is more than just hair. In many states that license also includes an education in makeup, something that is important when the hair that made up someone’s identity has fallen out from chemotherapy.
Organizations like Look Good, Feel Better, from the American Cancer Society, helps to give cancer patients a makeover, including classes in wig usage and styling, that helps to boost their confidence during such a trying time. This program has given millions, including Jeri Brown, a cancer patient in LA, the boost they need to continue their fight.
A Child’s Future
In the United States there are millions of children who suffer for a want of basic needs, including food. Imagine not knowing when your next meal will come. It’s a heartbreaking reality that The Salon Professional Academy schools fight each year with their Trim Hunger program.
Raising money for food banks and food programs nationwide, individual TSPAs participate by donating all of their profit and tips in a single day, giving millions of meals to children across the country.
A Self-Esteem Lift
Children in need suffer from more than just a lack food, and often when things at home are struggling their view of themselves sinks even further. Attempting to fill this gap and give kids a lift, the chain Hair Cuttery has pioneered the Share-a-Haircut program that provides a free haircut to a child in need with every one purchased.
Hair Cuttery isn’t the only salon to take such great strides, either, with many across the country rising to the need.
A Trim Behind Bars
Often overlooked, there is another need that cosmetologists have filled by taking their clippers into prisons and cutting the hair of inmates across the country. Whether they’re inmates themselves, or local cosmetologists doing good work, the need is met and people who are facing a personal trial are given something to help them feel a little bit better.
Do you know of another organization that spreads beautiful works throughout the community? Let us know in the comments.
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