Giving Back is the New Black

It’s no secret the beauty industry is full of talented, inspiring, and compassionate individuals- but it’s also full of giving and philanthropic pros.

The beauty industry bands together to support many great causes from the fight against cancer, to the fight for equality.

Have you ever wondered how you become more involved in the beauty industry’s charitable movements?

Well look no further!

We’ve laid out of a few of the top ways and organizations (but certainly not all) you can get involved with from the comfort of your couch, the proximity of your backyard, or even on a national and international level.

But I’m strapped for cash right now, can I even help?

Of course! 

There are so many ways to support and give back to local and national communities that are far beyond donating $$$. You can donate your time, your skills, and so much more.

Check out a few of our favorite ways to get involved below.

Trim Hunger

Did you know everyday in America, nearly 50 MILLION people don't know where their next meal will come from.

Trim Hunger was founded to combat that number. Founded and fueled by stylists this organization is dedicated to raising awareness and donations to address the issue of hunger. Through its affiliation with The Salon Professional Academy, Elevate Salon Institute, and with the help of generous corporate sponsors, Trim Hunger is igniting the passion to help those in need in the hearts of beauty professionals all across the country.

In an industry already focused on helping, giving, and transforming lives, Trim Hunger has limitless support from beauty schools, salons, spas, and manufacturers to provide nutritious meals for those in greatest need.

Trim Hunger raises funds and awareness for this cause by hosting Cut-A-Thons at salons and schools. Want to get involved? Grab a pair of shears and you’re good to go!

Cut It Out

Ever have a client that just seemed like they had something personal to share- but weren’t quite sure of they should? 

That’s why CUT IT OUT was founded. Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship between salon professionals and their clients and co-workers, salon professionals can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see.

Research shows that most battered women never call the police or go to a shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Because salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in those around them, many victims suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them - even if they would never tell anyone else

The Beauty Community Against Domestic Abuse is a program dedicated to mobilizing salon/spa professionals, students and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States. The “Give the Power Back” initiative to involve salons in helping local domestic violence agencies, and training salon / spa professionals and students to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to resources.

If you or someone you know is currently being affected by domestic violence, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Paul Mitchell FUNraising Campaign

Paul Mitchell Schools and alumni have been doing an annual FUNraising Campaign for the last 15 years.

Each year, students and staff from 100+ Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools raise money and awareness for selected charities. Raising $5­–10 at a time with grassroots activities like cut-a-thons, hair shows, and car washes, Paul Mitchell raised over $20 million in 15 years!

The Paul Mitchell FUNraising Campaign supports:

Elite Beauty Society Diversity Campaign

Here at Elite Beauty Society, we want to stand up and applaud the amazing diversity in our industry and give back to it, too.

Help us spread the love to four incredible and supportive organizations giving back to the LGBTQ+ community- The Trevor ProjectHuman Rights CampaignPFLAG, and It Gets Better ProjectThrough June, Elite Beauty Society will be donating a portion of every professional liability policy back to these amazing organizations. 

Look Good, Feel Better

Cancer sucks, plain and simple. Look Good, Feel Better aims to help women affected by this horrible disease feel a little more light in the everyday.

Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

Thousands of volunteer beauty professionals support Look Good Feel Better. All are trained and certified by the Look Good Feel Better Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association at local, statewide, and national workshops.

Look Good, Feel Better also has programs for men and teens undergoing cancer treatments.

Hair Aid Inc

Want to get involved on a global scale? Hair Aid Inc may be for you!

We heard even Tabatha Coffey loves this organization.

The Hair Aid story began in 2010 when founder and CEO, Selina Tomasich, was holidaying in the Philippines when she met two nuns living in Manila. The Sisters explained that children were frequently abandoned on the street because their parentshad no income and could not buy food to feed them.

Once the children were safe, the Sisters' goal was to reunited them with their parents, who were usually living on the street, or in a slum. 

The Sisters' mission was to teach the parents a skill they could turn into a job.

When asked what skills would be useful, the locals responded, "hair cutting".

From these humble beginnings, Hair Aid now has seven international projects a year, and 20+ hairdressers at a time come on each project. Each project ends with graduation ceremonies, which are often emotional occasions. One of the first women who graduated stood up and said, "Thank you for training us. Now my children will not die."

Beauty Changes Lives

Beauty Changes Lives is fueled by their mantra:


Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit driven to make the beauty profession a first-choice career by empowering individuals with mentorship, inspiration and scholarships.

Beauty Changes Lives is supported by a coalition of beauty professionals including educators, product manufacturers, celebrities and industry icons. Through public events, educational outreach and partnership with select philanthropies, Beauty Changes Lives showcases the breadth of career opportunities available to beauty school graduates.