Archive for July, 2017

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Let Lew

OneTwoSix Hair Studio Owner, and Affinage Colour Rebel, Let Lew, really threw himself into the Helping Hairdressers Day spirit by doing something just incredible. We thought it was about time we had a catch up about all his fundraising efforts.

What inspired you to get involved with Helping Hairdressers Day?
I came across The Hairdressers’ Charity about a month ago and wanted to try and help. One of the biggest reasons for this is to help people like my partner who is a self-employed hairdresser, who had a heart attack a few years ago. He had no one to turn to and couldn’t get help. We got through it together but it was a very hard time. I understand how hard it is when you feel there is no light shining.

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What ways did you fundraise?
We offered customers doughnuts with their coffee for just a little donation. I also wanted to try and boost our fundraising by doing something out of the ordinary so I shaved my hair live on Facebook! It let my friends and people I know learn about the charity.

How successful was your fundraiser?
I set up a Just Giving page and in just 5 days we raised £544 in the salon, and £260 on the Just Giving page. Friends and customers were very supportive and donated generously!

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Do you have any plans for future events?   
I would love to be able to support The Hairdressers’ Charity as much as I can and join my fellow work family if there is anything we can do to fundraise.

What do you love about fundraising?  
Nothing is worse than not having anyone to turn to, it makes you feel hopeless. I love fundraising for this charity as it helps people in my industry and leads fellow hairdressers into a brighter place. It is worth all my efforts and makes me very happy!

What was your highlight on Helping Hairdressers Day?
My highlight has been seeing the amount of support I’ve had from friends and customers. My salon team have been so generous and gave their day’s tips as a donation – I’m very lucky to have such a great team! Of course my hair shaving adventure too! I certainly didn’t have the courage before, but I am willing to sacrifice my hair for a few months for Helping Hairdressers in Need!

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
My tip is to stick to what you believe is the right thing to do. If you are passionate about the fundraising campaign people can feel it and are influenced by this.

5 easy to do summer FUN-draising events

Despite the weather, we are actually in summer now, which means BBQ’s, Pimms and jetting off on your holidays! But that doesn’t mean the fundraising has to stop, there’s plenty of summer activities you can run as fundraisers in the salon & bring everyone together for a great cause.

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BBQ
Organise a fundraising BBQ at the salon for clients and your local community, ask for a little donation in return for a burger… and don’t forget the Pimms!

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Ice cream
What’s more refreshing on a hot day? When the sun finally decides to come out why not sell ice creams and lollies in the salon for a small donation, guaranteed to get people donating!  Sprinkles and a flake for those who donate more!

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In the stocks
Take yourself back to the school fete and get someone in the stocks! Ask for a donation for clients to launch wet sponges at their favourite hairdresser… At least it will cool them down!

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Summer sports day
Ask for a donation for people to take part in classic sports day races like egg and spoon, three-legged race, and wheelbarrow races. And remember, this one’s not just for the kids, run adult races too!  If you want to get sponsorship, don’t forget to download our form it’s all done for you.

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Summer fancy dress
Get the salon ready for summer with a dress-down for summer day. Ask for a donation in return to wear summer fancy dress. The more Hawaiian shirts, the better, in our opinion.

Whatever you have planned for summer be sure to let us know by emailing us and tagging us in on all your social media posts! Or if none of these take your fancy why not try one of our challenges?

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Iain Bruce-Low

Affinage Colour Rebel, and Owner of Bruce-Low Hair, Iain Bruce-Low went above and beyond with his efforts for Helping Hairdressers Day. Raising over £1500 for Helping Hairdressers in Need, we needed to catch up with him to find out how he achieved this incredible total.

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What inspired you to get involved with Helping Hairdressers Day?
I’ve been interested in getting involved with the charity for some time now. The charity recently held the Scottish Golf Day however I am terrible at it, I saved myself the embarrassment and didn’t take part! I heard about Helping Hairdressers Day because I am part of the Affinage Artistic team, and thought the ‘One Day’ would be perfect for me.

What ways did you fundraise?
We were extremely lucky as we had many ways we raised money. We set out to sell raffle tickets, and our team donated a cut/colour appointment, our suppliers also donated some gifts. YOI scissors then donated a set of scissors, so I decided to hold a live auction on Facebook which brought together so many stylists. I also messaged around to our local salons to inform them of the day and see if they wanted to jump on board and donate their week’s tips to the cause with Avalon Hair & Beauty, Oban and Dream Hair, Arbroath getting involved. Bruce-Low also donated the day’s profits, and staff’s tips from Friday!

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How successful was your fundraiser?
I would say it was a great success! The scissors went for £170, we raised £250 from local salons, and the rest of the total was from salon profits, tips and raffle ticket sales giving us a total in excess of £1500! The Facebook live auction had over 100 hairdressers coming together and spreading awareness of The Hairdressers’ Charity. We’ve had great press coverage from the event too! Featuring in our local weekly paper The Oban Times, Estetica, Salon NV and Salon Business, we’re so happy that our message has spread so far!

Do you have any plans for future events?   
My team and I have grown to strongly support the charity and 100% will continue to do so. Being part of the Affinage Colour Rebels team I hope my work within the industry can help create more awareness of the charity!

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What do you love about fundraising?  
I loved the support and generosity from people. Both hairdressers and clients, people genuinely wanted to help and make donations, it blew me away! In a world with so much tragedy, and with so many wonderful charities looking for help, I was taken back by people’s desire to help.

What was your highlight on Helping Hairdressers Day?
The highlight was really being able to spread the word of the charity, as so many people still don’t know about it. Seeing the large number of donations that kept coming in to us was very overwhelming!

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
My top tip would be to do something to grab people’s attention! I did a couple of video blogs and I think people really felt my passion, and listened to it more than they would text. I’m sure this got lots of people behind it. I would also say to educate. Be passionate about the reason you are fundraising, and don’t be greedy! Don’t ask for too much as people will always surprise you and donate as much as they can!

The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine Ball

Get ready to dress to impress, The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine Ball is back!

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Monday 19th February 2018 is the date and the beautiful 5-star Grange City Hotel, London is the venue for the first event of the year – The Hairdressers’ Charity Ball – which is making a spectacular return.

Catch up with friends with a drinks reception from 6.45pm, followed by a sumptuous 3-course dinner at 7.30pm. Expect wine, dancing and entertainment – all while raising money for your unique industry charity. Carriages at midnight.

Tickets cost £150 pp.

Tables of 10 can be bought for the price of 9 tickets of £1,350, meaning you get your 10th ticket absolutely FREE. Demand is high so book early to avoid disappointment.

For bookings and further information please email head@thehairdresserscharity.org or call 01234 831888.

THE GALLERY SWAP SCISSORS FOR GOLF CLUBS

Salon owner of The Gallery, and committee member, Lorenzo Colangelo, brought his clients, friends, and staff together to swap their scissors for golf clubs, in a charity fundraising event on 9th June 2017 to raise money for us.

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It was a day packed with golfing challenges, with 110 clients and friends split into 28 teams, competing at West Kent Golf Club in Kent.

The competitive golf was followed by a 3 course sit down dinner and presentation evening, along with entertainment from comedian Agger Brown and a charity auction of prizes, including:

  • Two Chelsea football tickets
  • A £500.00 voucher and retail experience for Harry Collins & sons, The Queens jeweller
  • Meal for 4 at The Kentish Hare Bidborough
  • £1000 Gallery gift card

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In total, the day raised a whopping £7,100 for Helping Hairdressers in Need and a great day was had by all.

“It was a fantastic day. My team went to enormous effort to arrange this day – even down to branded golf balls! Everyone really threw themselves into the spirit of it and our clients & friends were incredibly generous and we are delighted to have been able to raise this money for two amazing charities! It is definitely something we would like to repeat next year.” said Lorenzo Colangelo.

Helping Hairdressers Day

Friday 30th June saw the day we’ve all been waiting for… Helping Hairdressers’ Day 2017!

Salons, hairdressers, industry experts and business all got creative to raise much-needed funds for Helping Hairdressers in Need. In its third year, the theme was ‘all things purple’, to help focus on spreading awareness of The Hairdressers’ Charity.

We think this year was definitely our best year yet, with many salons sharing their ‘fun-raisers’ on social media, and even running online auctions. We loved seeing everyone come together to raise funds and awareness.

Just some of the salons that got involved were…

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Jamie Stevens. Their day was all about a £10 raffle entry to win a whole head of highlights, and of course a cake sale, which just looked delicious!

 

 

 

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Bruce-Low. Iain Bruce-Low ran an auction over on his Facebook page, of a pair of scissors generously donated by Yoi Scissors which raised £165. There was also cakes and a raffle, all in total raised a whopping £1,500!

 

 

 

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OneTwoSix. Their client’s days were filled with doughnuts and coffee, however, salon owner Let Lew did something a little extraordinary and shaved his hair live on Facebook! From this alone, he raised £230 and ended up raising £509 in total with all the events. We were a little overwhelmed!

 

 

 

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Alan Howard. We loved the concept of profits from purple products being donated and Alan Howard did exactly that. Alongside all the purple product selling they also baked cakes, dressed in purple and had purple hair!

 

 

 

 

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Sarai Hair and Beauty. The girls in the salon have been busy racking up steps over the month, and the salon had the idea to run a competition to guess the number of steps they have walked over the month… There were also sweets and cakes sold on the day… raising a total of £111.15!

 

 

 

 

Remi Cachet. As they were already signed up as a company, Remi Cachet used Easyfundraising to raise money for Helping Hairdressers Day. A donation of 4% of every purchase made through easyfundraising came to us – wow!

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Harvey Luke. This was the most purple we saw! The salon went above and beyond with purple decorations, cakes and glitter!

 

 

 

 

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SJ Forbes. Do we need to say much more than purple glitter beards?! SJ Forbes wore purple glitter and ran competitions.

 

 

 

The Gallery. 100 squares, one square for £5 to get the chance to win some purple GHD’s.

Also a big thank you to all the other salons and businesses who got involved including The Stress Exchange, Fudge Professional, Siren Salon, Affinage, Rainbow room, NHF, Saks Kingshill, Boki’s Hair, Sharon Malcolm, Ciente, Baileys Hair, Jason Liddiard, Akito, Wispers, Hair Advice Centre, Richard Ward, Leo Bancroft

Thank you to everyone who got involved, it was such a fun filled day, with cupcakes, purple prosecco, and raffles, we were jealous that we couldn’t visit everyone!

 Here’s to many more #HelpingHairdressersDay to come!