We took five minutes to speak to Georgia Bell, owner of Twisted Scissors Hair Salon and Helping Hairdressers Day fundraiser, to find out how she pulled everything together at the last minute to raise an amazing £640.
Give us a quick run through of your Helping Hairdressers Day fundraising.
Whilst our involvement was pretty last minute, I wanted to come up with an idea that was quirky and interesting for our client base. I wanted to be able to raise as much money as we could at a fast rate because it’s a charity that means a lot to me and my salon. I thought about how myself and Twisted Scissors could utilise our creativity in the best way to raise you lovely lot some cash, and that’s when the idea ‘pay us what you think it’s worth’ came together.
From 6pm until midnight, we did anything our clients wanted from cuts to colour corrections, and they decided their own bill. Of course, we had a little party too to add to the atmosphere, with raffle prizes donated from local independent businesses. Clients made cakes and a local restaurant supplied pizzas. It was a lot of fun.
You decided to join in on Helping Hairdressers Day at the last minute. What made you want to get involved?
Yes, it was a last-minute involvement, but it’s something we felt we had to do because it’s an amazing charity. The charity means so much to myself and my team because it’s so involved in the industry. It’s great to know there’s some support for hairdressers, and that there’s an incredible charity there to support people that have dedicated so much to our craft if something goes wrong. It’s a charity for all of us and that’s something really special.
Did you find it difficult getting organised for your fundraiser in just a few days?
I wouldn’t say I found it difficult; being honest I’d say it was exciting. The response we got from the idea was fantastic – better than I had hoped. Everyone got involved and helped to provide a high-energy atmosphere.
What was your highlight on Helping Hairdressers Day?
The highlight for me was working together as a huge team; not just my staff but also our clients and local businesses. I did my best to involve as many independent local organisations as I could, in order to really help us create an exciting buzz and a strong sense of community.
If you had the chance to do your fundraiser again, would you do anything differently? Did anything work particularly well, or was simply much more fun to do?
Whilst I really did enjoy the atmosphere and the quick turn around with the idea, I’ll definitely allow myself a little more time next year! I’ll keep the concept the same, although I’ll add a couple of changes. I think with more time we could add in a few more ideas to make even more money for the charity.
If given more time we certainly would have used the marketing materials from the charity, but with it being such short notice we used our own social media platforms to advertise the event.
What tips do you have for other hairdressers looking to get involved in helping hairdressers in need?
Just go for it! Supporting charities is a great thing, but with The Hairdressers’ Charity, you’re supporting you, your industry and your career. That’s what makes this charity so special.
Did you find it difficult to persuade your customers to give to a charity they do not know?
No. We are based in a small town with a strong sense of community, and our clients show huge support to myself and my team. We are known locally for some of our colourful creatives, so bringing what we do into our fundraising really helped us here.
We can see from your social media that you’re very active in your community. Give us an example of something you’ve done recently to give back.
Myself and my team feel it’s important to give back. The first Sunday of every month we provide a ‘quiet session’ for children on the autistic spectrum. We eliminate sounds and smells and offer longer time frames for children on the autistic spectrum, providing a safe space for both parent and child.
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Many thanks to Georgia and her team for all of your hard work and amazing efforts on Helping Hairdressers Day this year. We’ll look forward to seeing what you’ve got planned for the future!