Our Top 10 Christmas Fundraising Ideas

We know Christmas is a very busy time for stylists and there’s not much time for thinking- so to help you, we’ve brainstormed 10 fun, fast, festive fundraising ideas that you can bring to your salon. 

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  1. Christmas cake bake: Christmas is a time for indulging, so this is a perfect way to raise money and showcase your other talents, or if you are hopeless in the kitchen, enjoy eating some great festive cakes!
  1. Donate your tips: Set a date on the calendar where all tips earned will be donated to The Hairdressers’ Charity. You’ll feel fantastic knowing the extra pennies have gone to a great cause.
  1. Raffle: Think bigger than just your salon with this one! Get all the local businesses to donate giveaway treats too, to make the raffle about more than just hair. They’re so easy to organise and can bring the community together.
  1. Naughty/Nice lucky dip: Fill a bowl with festive tricks and treats to surprise both the good, and the bad, boys and girls! Use coal for tricks and chocolates or sample products for treats.
  1. Touch the stocking: Fill Santa’s stocking with a prize to win. Feel the stocking and make your guess as to what’s inside to be in with the chance of winning the gift!
  1. Christmas crackers: This one’s good for those wanting to treat their customers to little more luxury. Get some ‘fill your own’ crackers to sell in the salon. Fill some with mini products, gift vouchers, and small Christmas treats.
  1. Name the elf: Let a nameless elf sit in the salon so people can guess his name. Make a donation for a name choice for the chance of winning the elf.
  1. Mince pies and mulled wine party: Mince pies and mulled wine, need we say more? Invite staff and customers to a merry mince pie and mulled wine night in return for a donation paid for every pie scoffed and every drink guzzled.
  1. Under the mistletoe: Got a hottie in the salon? Sell a hug or a kiss with them under the mistletoe to make it a magical Christmas.
  1. Handmade ornaments: It’s not just for the creative among us, get your whole family involved in designing, making and decorating handmade ornaments to sell in the salon.

Industry icon Leonard Lewis sadly passes away

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It is with great sadness that we confirm the death today of one of the most influential hairdressers of our time, Leonard Lewis, who was famed for his House of Leonard salon in Grovesnor Square, London. He is credited as the first celebrity stylist of our time; a legend who developed other big names in the industry today like Daniel Galvin, John Frieda UKand Nicky Clarke.

If you didn’t know his name then take a look at his Wikipedia profile to get a idea of his life, influence and talent.

We are proud and honoured to have supported Leonard through turbulent times and are deeply saddened to share this news.

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BaByliss PRO donates £3,500 to The Hairdressers’ Charity at Salon International 2016

To coincide with the exciting launch of The Hairdressers’ Charity, BaByliss PRO have donated 10% of Salon International proceedings, totaling £3,500, to help hairdressers in need.

Ginny Hicks, Marketing Director of Conair says, “It’s an exciting time for The Hairdressers’ Charity and we are proud to support them in the wonderful work they do supporting those in need within our industry.”

Thank you to BaByliss PRO and the many that purchased their products at Salon International 2016 for your generosity. Their amazing donation will support the hairdressing industry to enable help for those who need it most.

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We Hosted our Launch Events to the Hairdressing Industry

To celebrate the launch of the new The Hairdressers’ Charity, the charity recently arranged two industry soirees hosted at L’Oreal Professionnel Academy and Salon International.

Movers and shakers from the hair industry came together as our President, David Drew, presented the new direction of the charity and how new developments such as Gift Aid will help to bring much needed money into the charity.

Born from the Hair and Beauty Benevolent, The Hairdressers’ Charity is the new official charity of the hair industry and has been created to help hairdressers in need. The Hairdressers’ Charity has been established to support hairdressers and ex-hairdressers who have been affected by illness, disability, bereavement or financial hardship. With over 300 applicants requesting help each year, the charity will rely on support of the hairdressing industry to enable help for those who need it most.

“We’d like to thank our generous supporters L’Oreal Professionnel and Salon International for kindly hosted our launch events. We were able to reach almost 100 key people within our industry and share our hopes and direction for the future. We have had great response from people confirming financial and brand awareness support, which is ideal. Following from the launch Babyliss PRO decided to donate 10% profits from Salon International to our charity which was amazing to hear. These donations can be life changing for our beneficiaries. We’re thankful to all our sponsors and supporter’s during this exciting time for the new charity,” explains The Hairdressers’ Charity President, David Drew.

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Affinage raise funds at their 20 year anniversary festival

Our sponsors, Affinage, celebrated its 20th anniversary this month with a grand festival spreading across three days, showcasing hair talent at its finest as well as raising funds for our charity.

The festival was held at the prestigious 5 star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London and attracted more than 400 guests from all over the world. Including a line up of inspirational hair shows, masterclass seminars and evening entertainment throughout the weekend.  Ending with a gala night with a raffle for the Hairdressers’ Charity, which Affinage actively supports.

First prize was a 2 day visit to Verona for 2 people, including hotel accommodation and flights. Other Prizes included:

  • Complimentary night for two in the 5-star Grange St Paul’s, London
  • Weekend for two at the Grange, Bracknell
  • Foil machine, signed by some of the leading names in British hairdressing
  • 24k Gold Salon Curling Iron
  • Dynamica 3400 Pro signed by Steven Webb one of the stars of British TV reality show Goggle Box

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The raffle raised an incredible £1,790 which will go directly to #HelpingHairdressersInNeed.

Read the full story of their celebration weekend here.

The spectacular event played homage to founder Eric Bailey, who truly embraced the weekend and was joined by his family for the momentous occasion. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the Affinage journey, and never did I believe that we would end up here today celebrating 20 years with such an incredible event. I want to thank every single one of my team, because they are the real reason we are the company we are today,” he said.

The Hairdressers’ Charity Is YOUR Official Charity

Born from the Hair and Beauty Benevolent, The Hairdressers’ Charity is the new official charity of the hair industry and has been created to help hairdressers in need.

The Hairdressers Charity CommitteeThe Hairdressers’ Charity has been established to support hairdressers and ex-hairdressers who have been affected by illness, disability, bereavement or financial hardship. With over 300 applicants requesting help each year, the charity will rely on support of the hairdressing industry to enable help for those who need it most.

The charity’s new committee consists of a mixture of hairdressers, manufacturers and industry influencers who meet each month to discuss fundraising initiatives and decide on the financial support of beneficiaries.

The Hairdressers’ Charity has also announced the following positions within the charity committee:

  • Chairman – Philip Rogers
  • 2016/17 President – David Drew
  • 2016/17 Vice-President – Hilary Hall
  • Treasurer – Jeffrey Bonn
  • Secretary – Teresa Frise
  • Directors – Philip Rogers, David Drew, Jeffrey Bonn, Hellen Ward, and Phylis Mabey
  • Communications – Samantha Grocutt and Emma Seldon

David Drew, The Hairdressers’ Charity President, explains:  “This is big news for the industry and charity – we’ve been around in one form or another since 1853 but this new change sees us as a registered charity for the first time ever.

“As a registered charity, donations can be subsidised with Gift Aid and corporate companies can benefit from tax allowances. This means even more money for hairdressers in need and is a big step for the industry’s official charity.

“The decision was made to launch The Hairdressers’ Charity to appeal directly to hairdressers so we are clearly seen as the voice of our caring industry and can help others less fortunate. It’s important that our industry continue to support us with fundraising, as all proceeds go direct to the charity – whether that’s by hosting your own activities or attending one of the many fundraisers we organise ourselves.

“It’s a really exciting time for The Hairdressers’ Charity.”

Fundraisers Get On Their Bikes For HABB

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From April 30thth to May 3rd, 26 members of the hairdressing industry ventured to Mallorca to test their endurance and raise much-needed funds to help hairdressers in need on the 2016 HABB Cycle Challenge.

The intrepid group, made up of hair salon owners, hairdressers and professionals working for businesses in the industry, cycled up to 250km of mountainous terrain over two and a half days.

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Taking on a cycle ride in Mallorca on the May bank holiday weekend, the cyclists may have expected sunny conditions. Instead they battled on through a day of torrential downpours to complete the ride.

Nevertheless all agreed it was a highly enjoyable trip with highlights that included a lovely lunch in the old town square in the picturesque village of Petra,  the satisfaction of conquering the 7.5k assent of Lluc and of course the relaxation and recuperation at the luxurious Pollentia Club Resort.

Teresa Frise, HABB manager says: “This year’s HABB Cycle Challenge was a huge success, the cycling company were amazing and it was so humbling to see all the cyclists putting on a brave face and pushing themselves to complete the course – a huge thank you to all who took part and raised much needed funds for our beneficiaries”

A special mention goes to Jackie Mathis of JM Hairdressing, who broke her collarbone whilst training for the bike ride and had an operation to repair it two days before the trip; as well as and her husband Terry who valiantly stepped in for her.

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The HABB Cycle Challenge is an essential part of the HABB fundraising calendar. There have already been some phenomenal fundraising efforts and cyclists now have until July to donate their sponsorship money.

If you would like to make a contribution visit www.justgiving.com/hbb and make a donation or select the personal page of the cyclist you would like to support.

L’Oréal Gold Sponsor

As a charity, regular donations are vital for our preservation and success. This means we rely on the generosity of individuals and sponsors to be able to keep providing the essential care to the hairdressers who need it most.

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We are proud that L’Oreal Professionnel has been a sponsor of ours for over 15 years. A yearly donation through their gold sponsorship and dedicated fundraising events have raised critical funds for the charity.

“Supporting The Hairdressers’ Charity is really important to all the team at L’Oréal Professional Products Division. As the only charity that supports hairdressers in times of need, it’s really important that we can support. As a committee member, I really get to hear the difference we can make and I really am grateful to how we can support others.” explains Darren Oram, Education Director at L’Oréal Professionnel.

Every year the Professional Products Division not only sponsor The Hairdressers’ Charity but also spend time raising money through fundraisers. In June 2016 the L’Oreal Education team ran a charity hair day, raising funds by doing the hair of colleagues within the company, where all the proceeds were donated straight to The Hairdressers’ Charity. Also in 2016, the team offered a popular course to salons, where the cost of this was paid directly to the charity, raising thousands of extra pounds.

L’Oreal Citizens Day is an annual event, committed to raising money for chosen charities. It has always been a massive success and is a great way for the whole team to get involved. This year it’s held on 24th June 2017, how will you put something back into your industry?