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…





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!








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!








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!









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!








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!

Team Affinage trek across the Brecon Beacons

A team of 15 who aptly names themselves the SAS (Super Affinage Soldier) spent an incredible 8 hours trekking across the Brecon Beacons in Wales, raising in excess of £1600 for The Hairdressers’ Charity.

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Head office staff from Affinage were joined by associates from Salon Supplies and CTC Hair & Beauty Supplies. The 16 mile hike covers extremely steep terrain and is a favourite of the SAS who use it as an assessment ground. The super team were also joined by Sara and Ross’s dog Reginald, who Philip Sharp claims must’ve been brought along to help drag them up the hills!


The fundraising trek was organised by Affinage & ASP Brand Director, Philip Sharp, who also sits on the committee for the Hairdressers’ Charity said “I am so proud of all of the Affinage team and Distributors who took part. Everyone was able to complete the challenge despite the weather which resembled the winter months rather than a summer’s day! This is our second walk now for the charity and once again the team came together to support this great cause,”.

Although the weather was gloomy there was a fair share of funny moments, mostly surrounding ‘she-wees’ and the lack of tress. We’ll leave that one there.

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Eric Bailey, Affinage Managing Director, also joined the group for the challenge said “This has been an incredible experience and I am so proud of Team Affinage for all the training and effort they have put in to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves. As a company we are hugely supportive of The Hairdressers’ Charity and are completely committed to offering ongoing support,”.

To support team Affinage and donate to their fund, visit their Just Giving page.

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Meet The Team

Here’s the blog to meet our two lovely team members who oversee the beneficiary applications and ensure the charity runs smoothly day-to-day. 

Introduce yourself I’m Jean Kelly, I live in Olney a small market town in Buckinghamshire. It is where the Pancake Race originated from and the hymn Amazing Grace was written!

Job Title Head of Charity

Background The majority of my career has been in PR and Events. I have worked in the Headquarters of Volkswagen Group, Citroen, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and the Forensic Science Service before it closed down. My previous role was Fundraising Manager at the PSP Association where I had a £1,000,000 fundraising target. PSPA is small National Charity that helps people who are living with PSP and CBD – terminal neurological conditions – their family and friends.

Why did you join? I knew it was a charity I could be passionate about. I know how hard hairdressers work to make ends meet and it’s a privilege to be able to Help Hairdressers In Need.

Best fundraising tip Always share the lengths you go to when holding or taking part in an event on social media. If you are training for a run post the photos of you looking wet and bedraggled and include the link of your giving page. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Likes My loves are animals, singing and dancing, oh and of course holidays!

Dislikes My pet hates are heights, celery and pears!

Home life I am a servant to my two elderly cats Delilah and Hedges. For fun, I go to Pilates and I am a member of a Musical Theatre Choir. Most of my weekends I spend visiting friends, thinking about fundraising and fundraising! In my spare time I am Chairwoman and Trustee of RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks. As a separately registered charity we have to raise £300,000+ annually as a branch to continue the current level of work.


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Introduce yourself My name is Natalie Booker. I spent the majority of my formative years in the Midlands (Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham), but I have lived in Bedford for 20+ years, which is where my husband Mark is from.

Job Title I am the Beneficiaries Executive so I maintain relationships with existing child & adult beneficiaries of the charity, and process all new applications, which I then present for consideration to the Charity Committee at its monthly meetings.

Background I have spent the majority of my career in admin/PR/office management roles. I gave up work in 2006 when my first child was born – and didn’t return to work until my 2nd child reached school age.

Why did you join? To help make a small difference to the life of someone that is struggling for whatever reason, is extremely rewarding. We spend so much of our time at work – doing something meaningful within that time is an enormous bonus.

Likes LOVE food (& wine) and cooking programmes – can’t get enough of them! Love cycling, movies & music.

Dislikes Celery, like Jean, insincerity, and being on a (permanent) diet!

Home life My husband and I have been together for 22 years – and we have 2 children George & Chloe (11 & 8 years respectively) and a litter-trained, house bunny called ‘Fella’ (named by my then 6 year old daughter).

The Hairdressers Charity Presents the 2017 Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard

The Hairdressers Charity recently presented its second Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to industry businessman, Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard.  The charities vice-president, Hilary Hall, Secretary General of the National Hairdressing Federation, presented the award during the Fellowship for British Hairdressing President’s Night.


The award is dedicated to the memory of Jayne Henderson, a 26-year-old team member of the Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa following a battle with cervical cancer. With the industry employing a huge number of young females, the award aims to raise awareness of cervical cancer as well as recognise the charity work of a hairdressing individual or salon on behalf of The Hairdressers’ Charity whilst also promoting The Hairdressers’ Charity invaluable work it carries out within the industry.  The first award was presented to Ella Johnson from Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa for her outstanding fundraising achievements when the award was first launched.

“Jonathan Littler has been a long-standing supporter of our industry charity and has donated and help raise much needed funds to ensure we can continue to help hairdressers in need.  It’s a great privilege to have been able to present the award to him in recognition of his efforts and support,” explains Hilary Hall.

“I’m delighted and honoured to have been presented with this recognition from the Hairdressers Charity. As a company, Alan Howard recognise the amazing support they offer when hairdressers fall on times of hardship and we are passionate and committed to helping them wherever we can for this great cause” Jonathan Littler.

Scottish Charity Golf Day – A Master Stroke Event

Our Scottish Charity Golf Day certainly wasn’t ‘below par’. At the legendary Gleneagles Golf Course, 52 players from the hair industry took to the PGA Centenary Course, home of the 2014 Ryder Cup. We’re so grateful for the huge turnout. Stylists, distributors and brands were brought together to raise over £8,000 for helping hairdressers in need.

The competitive golfing began with a shotgun start at 10am after a briefing with event organiser & our charity committee member, Peter Belcher. Followed by dinner and awards in the Clubhouse to end the day. Massive congratulations to all the winners as followed:

Individual Winner – Gary Barker of UNITE.
Team Winners – UNITE.
Longest Drive – Scott McKauch.
Nearest Pin – Scott McIntosh.
Raffle – 16 prizes including a silent auction on Gleneagles FourBall – won by Brian Thompson of Lesley Hair in Inverness.
Apple Watch – Warren Scarr of Sally Services.
2 tickets to BHBA  – Rainbow Rooms.
Wella’s Golf at the Belfry – Wayne Blackburn & John O’Rouke.

“It was a tremendous day and the PGA course was magnificent with 52 golfers were lead out on to the PGA course by the Gleneagles Team. Guests from around the UK with The Gallery flying up from Kent, a team from Northern Ireland and UNITE coming from USAm which raised the stakes and it was lovely to see so many making a special effort to be there. When the golf was over, guests enjoyed a 3course meal & charity auction in the event.” Peter Belcher


A few lovely words were sent in by fellow golfer on the day and orgnaiser of our Southern Golf Day, Lorenzo Colangelo, of The Gallery who summed up the day: “I just want to say what an incredible couple of days we had at Gleneagles. Peter and Liz were absolutely amazing. Not just for the organisation, but they set a great mood for a fun charity day at an incredible venue that had everyone’s focus on the charity. It ran incredibly smoothly. The team at Gleneagles managed the event so brilliantly, it was a joy to be a part of. I can’t thank Peter enough for taking this on. To see the day make some good cash for the charity is a massive bonus. I think everyone left the day happy and better aware of the great charity we are part of.”

The event wouldn’t have run as smoothly without the gracious support of our event sponsor, OSMO. A massive thank you to the award sponsors Creightons, SalonNV, BarberNV, and Sally’s, plus hole sponsors Ishoka, Alison Jamerson, Charlie Miller, Goldwell, Lorenzo Colangelo, Philip Rogers, Crazy Color, Patersons, OSMO, Peter Belcher, ghd, Rainbow Room, McIntyres, HJ and Hair & Beauty World.

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Peter Belcher

Past President, Peter Belcher has been involved with The Hairdressers’ Charity for many years, dating back to when it was originally called The Hairdressing Benevolent. As a committee member, and fundraiser, we thought it was about time we caught up with him.

What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
I was inspired to get involved with the charity as I saw it as an opportunity to give something back to an industry that’s always been good to me.

What ways have you been fundraising?

I’ve tried many ways of fundraising throughout the years – from phoning all industry connections I have, to organising golf events – I will try virtually anything! I’ve also been involved in the Thames River cruise, Dorchester Gala Dinner, Casino nights and running events with raffles. More importantly though, I believe it is all about the support and participation of these events that make them successful.

How successful have your fundraisers been?

I think they have been successful. Success is measured in both raising awareness and finance for the charity. A major event can raise several thousand, but it is every pound that matters most to be able to maintain the support for our beneficiaries.

Do you have any plans in the future for more events?  

As part of the committee, I am involved in reviewing the annual events and to make sure we have activities throughout the year. This year we’re planning to attend all major trade exhibitions, helping hairdresser’s day in June, a sponsored bike ride and a golf day.

What do you love about fundraising? 

I love the challenge of getting it right. We need to get every event right so we can raise critical funds for hairdressers who need our support.

What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?

My highlight has probably been the Dorchester Gala where there were over 400 people supporting the charity.

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?

Start every project with the end in mind. “Fish where you know, you will catch.”

Helping Hairdressers Day Fundraising Ideas

Helping Hairdressers Day this year has an ‘all things purple’ theme this year, so we thought we’d give you a couple of ideas to kick-start your fundraising fun.

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Cake bake

Purple may not be the most obvious cake colour choice, but you could get creative with this. Skip the food colouring and try adding blueberries to vanilla cupcakes for a yummy treat to sell in the salon. Or just go all out and use the purple icing to decorate!

Dress up

Raise funds by having a purple dress up day. Anything goes with this, whether that’s just purple accessories, or a whole purple onesie, get donations from staff to join in with the fun, and get as creative as you can.

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Purple hair dye

Skip the ordinary colours and get straight to the purple. Get sponsored to have your hair dyed a crazy shade, or donate all tips from any purple colouring throughout the day.


Wear your heart pin

Help spread awareness of your industry charity by wearing your heart pin with pride. A great way to unite with fellow hairdressers. If you don’t have one buy yours here!


Decorate the salon

From balloons to bunting, flood the salon with everything purple. Another way to spread awareness of The Hairdressers’ Charity, and you can get some donations by running activities throughout the day.

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Purple social media takeover

Add a purple filter to all your social media posts for the day. This definitely includes everyone showing off their Helping Hairdressers Day activities with us, the more purple, the better. Don’t forget to tag us in all your posts on the day using @thehairdresserscharity #HelpingHairdressersInNeed #HHD17

Purple treasure hunt

Run a treasure hunt, and get donations to take part. Use purple prizes and make everyone a winner. Prizes could include everything from a bag of purple sweets, to purple hair products. Alternatively run this as a raffle.


How many sweets in the jar

Fill a jar with purple sweets, such as the purple quality street, or packets of parma violets and get people to guess how many are in the jar. The closest to the number wins the jar.

Donate a percentage of sales

This one’s for the brands in the hairdressing industry. For all your purple packaged products sold on 30th June, donate a percentage of this to helping hairdressers in need – an easy way to get involved!

Remember to let us know what you have planned on the day and keep us up to date on social media using @thehairdresserscharity #HelpingHairdressersInNeed #HHD17. And make sure you have your fundraising pack from us to help organise your day!

The Hairdressers’ Charity Collaborate with Award Winning Team for Charity Collection Photographic Shoot

The Hairdressers’ Charity teamed up with Rainbow Room International and an award-winning artistic crew to shoot a new, texture inspired collection, in order to help hairdressers in need.

“The inspiration for our collaboration with The Hairdressers’ Charity was natural texture. Our studios had four different spaces, all with different textured backdrops which we thought would complement the feel we had for the shoot. We wanted to do a shoot that had an editorial feel with movement, and for the finished looks to be wearable, yet still on trend and cool.” Suzie McGill, Rainbow Room International

Hair by Suzie McGill, Dylan Britain and Diana Carson, Rainbow Room
International Artistic Team for The Hairdressers’ Charity
Art Direction by Darren Ambrose
Photography by Jack Eames
Makeup by Kelly Sadler
Styling by Bernard Connolly

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5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: David Lambert

We’re here with another 5 Minutes With a Fundraiser, and this time it’s Haringtons Hairdressing Director, David Lambert.

What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?

Charity begins at home so it’s very important to support our industry charity. Even more importantly, it is severely underfunded so I love knowing I am doing something great!

What ways have you been fundraising?

I’ve done three amazing bike rides including one last year where I cycled 200 miles in Northern Majorca. We also hold annual company awards, where we show a video for The Hairdressers’ Charity to spread awareness, hold a collection in the interval and the ticket price is donated to the charity. It’s a great event.

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How successful have your fundraisers been?

So far I have raised about £9,500 from the bike rides and about £400 per year from the awards. I was awarded the President’s Award at the Fellowship for British Hairdressing President’s Night for my consistent and support, which has motivated me to continue my work.

Do you have any plans in the future for more events?

We have our annual awards planned of course, and if I am in the country a possible bike ride in September.

What do you love about fundraising?  

Fundraising for the charity is so worthwhile as it makes a huge difference to people’s lives and I know every penny raised goes to helping them. It makes it more special as it is for our own industry, and you never know when someone close to you might need the help of the charity.

What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?

I am proud of the amount of money I have raised… I’m very competitive!

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?

Focus on your goal, which is raising money! Don’t let anything stop you from raising the highest amount you possibly can.

WIN a pair of Tickets to Schwarzkopf Professional’s European Essential Looks Show

Our sponsors Schwarzkopf Professional have kindly donated FIVE PAIRS of tickets to their Essential Looks trend showcase next month.

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Schwarzkopf Professional’s trend showcase will take place in the capital on 14th May, at the Grade II-listed Troxy theatre, with a stellar line-up of hairdressing talent taking to the stage to bring to life 2017’s biggest hair trends.

Taking to the stage for the spectacular show this spring will be:

    • Kim Vo, USA
    • Tyler Johnston and Lesley Jennison, UK
    • Hooker and Young, UK
    • Bundy Bundy, Austria
    • X-presion, Spain

And it’s not just the experts on stage who will be representing Schwarzkopf Professional’s international reach – the audience will also include salon accounts from across the globe. Gathered together for one epic night of hairdressing, it’s going to be unmissable. For more information and the chance to be there head to Schwarzkopf Professional’s website page.

The tickets are worth £175 each and all we are asking to get your hands on a pair is a £5 donation to the charity.  Yep that’s right!    So what’s stopping you text HAIR17 £5 to 70070.   If you are feeling extra generous you can donate more and for every £5 you donate we will match this with an extra entry to the competition.

Full T&C’s are available here:

Good luck.  The competition will close at midnight 1st May and we will announce the five winners of the pairs of tickets on the Tuesday 2nd May via Social Media.