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.

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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.

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Sarai Hair & Beauty

Hair and beauty salon, Sarai, in Berkshire, have been an active fundraiser of ours, helping to raise much-needed funds. We thought it was about time we quizzed them, for another 5 minutes with a fundraiser.

 What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
We have been raising money for a number of years and previously nominated a salon charity each year. I feel this is a fantastic charity that focuses on people in our industry and really helps them get back on their feet. You never know when you might need it!


What ways have you been fundraising?
We have been trying to make our clients aware of the charity and the last fundraising evening we had was the late night shopping event in Crowthorne High Street. We have always made it a charity event and this most recent evening we decided to focus on The Hairdressers Charity. We offered free face painting, nail painting and hair braiding for the children, in which we asked a small donation to the charity.


How successful have your fundraisers been?
We think it’s important to support as many charities as possible so over the years we have tried to do a number of events within the salon with some events being more successful than others. Previously, we have done Race for Life, a charity Halloween abseil, carnivals, dress up and dress down days, dry January, raffle prize events and each time it’s an all-inclusive team event with a lot of money being raised within the salon and individually by the girls.

Do you have any plans in the future for more events?  
Yes, we’re planning to do a number of events this year. Some of the team are going to do a 10K run and we are looking into other events such as the Colour Run. We will, of course, have the Christmas event and we’re also planning on doing a week when we all donate our tips. There are also the regular events we love to get involved in every year, such as Red Nose Day, and then there are local charities we support, such as Together for Freddie.

 What do you love about fundraising? 
It’s fun. Working in a team to raise money gives you a big buzz, it’s great for team building and we find it so rewarding when it’s for such a great cause. We’re always thinking of new ideas.


What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?
A great highlight of the teams’ was when we had a float in the Crowthorne Carnival on a huge lorry, which was donated for the event by another local business. This charity event is always good fun but was made more special as we won first prize for the float in the Crowthorne Traders category.

 What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
Do things as a team. Not only can you raise more money as a team, but each person individually can help towards the combined goal to raise money.

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Akito Scissors

Our next 5 minutes with a fundraiser comes from the scissor experts John and Katy from Akito Scissors, here’s everything they had to say.   

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

We love the hairdressing industry and decided it was time to give something back. Over the years we have supported many benevolent charities and decided it was time to ‘get closer to home’ and help our hairdresser colleagues in need.

 What ways have you been fundraising?

So far we have sold 56 pins and our is goal is to sell 1000, we have raffled a signed Kaiser Chief set list and recently auctioned, through twitter #HAIRHOUR, the Vidal Sassoon autobiography signed by Trevor Sorbie. We have also run a campaign giving away Akito Shatter Scissors, which gave hairdressers an opportunity to give back to their community by donating £5 to enter.

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

John is currently in training to run the Leeds 10k in July, we are hoping we can get a team of hairdressers from Leeds to take part.

 What do you love about fundraising?    

We love being creative and thinking of fun ways to raise money and inspiring people to take part.


 What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?

The auctioning of the Vidal Sassoon book on Twitter was great fun, watching in real time as hairdressers from all over UK took part in the bidding.

 What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?

Just do it!! and have fun!

Find out more about Akito Scissors and follow their charity work on their Instagram

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Lorenzo Colangelo

Active committee member and salon owner of The Gallery, Lorenzo Colangelo is next up for our 5 minutes with a fundraiser.  

What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
I’d seen the work of the charity at various events and always thought it would be good to be involved more. Following some success at the business awards, it was a great opportunity to give something back. When I was asked on to the committee I was thrilled, to share a table with some amazing industry heroes, it’s always a joy!

What ways have you been fundraising?
As a salon, we have tried various ways to fundraise. Keeping things fun is always good for morale and if you can raise money whilst having fun it never feels like work or effort. We have had raffles in the salon, that run alongside events, and that showcase a particular service we want to promote. We also hold an annual golf day for our customers and friends. This is the biggest fundraiser and is such a fabulous day.

How successful have your fundraisers been?
We raised £5,000 on last years’ golf day which we were thrilled with. We are aiming to double that this year! But you must not be put off by big numbers, it’s more about getting small amounts from a wider audience that matters. The more people aware of the charity the better.


Do you have any plans in the future for more events?  
We have our annual golf day coming up 9th June 2017, which is going to be held at West Kent Golf Club. It’s about enjoying a day with customers & friends and playing a game of competitive golf.

What do you love about fundraising?    
As a hairdresser, first and foremost, I love to make a difference to people and to make them happy. The great thing about fundraising is that there is always a beginning a middle and an end to any project large or small. In our day to day work, we work with people on an ongoing basis, so it changes the day a bit and your normal routine. It’s always nice to make a positive difference.

What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?
The highlight of any fundraising event is giving. There are many other benefits such as team building, project managing, sharing the success of an event, but it has to be handing over a cheque, that you know will make a difference – that tops the lot!

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
Top tips for any fundraising event are to keep things simple. One of our easiest things to manage is our raffle – it works a treat every time. Keep the event well communicated throughout, communicate your goal and celebrate the success.

 Find out more about The Gallery.