Read this blog post from National Hair & Beauty Awards Judge, Julie Hennessy.
Throughout my career, I have worked either alongside or within the beauty industry, but recently made the decision to move across to the charity sector. I joined national cancer charity Look Good Feel Better that supports women, men and young adults living with all types of cancer in managing the effect treatment can have on appearance and reduced levels of confidence and self-esteem. Before the start of the current pandemic, we ran nationwide workshops in hospitals and cancer centres all across the UK, where volunteer beauty industry professionals taught useful skills to help patients manage the side effects of cancer treatment such as changes to the skin or the loss of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.
The charity has been established in the UK for more than 25 year and it has been a real joy to see just how tremendously supportive the beauty industry has been throughout that time and what an important contribution it is able to make to us in order for us to support our beneficiaries. Individuals, retailers and brands of all sizes have really got behind the work we do and we know that thanks to their support we have been able to deliver workshops that gave people a supportive and safe environment to meet others in a similar situation, even if only for a few hours. We also know that the positive effect our workshops has on levels of confidence and self-esteem is both immediate and long lasting – in some cases the impact is life changing. I, for one, am tremendously proud of the industry and all the individuals who have been so generous with their time and resources.
Sadly for now, our physical workshops have been put on hold whilst we fight this pandemic. However, like so many other charities, we must continue to reach out to our communities and support those who might otherwise fall under the radar. As a result, in addition to pushing our online services and tutorials, we are excited to announce that we launched our first virtual workshop in early April that was enormously successful – we hope to continue to deliver these online services and virtual workshops during these difficult times in an effort to bring a sense of normality and continuity to the table. But there is still work to be done.
I am sure you will all join me in looking forward to the moment when the retail, beauty, hair & barbering industry can come together again and get back to 'business as usual' as well as continue to support us in the important work that we do and really make a difference to our beneficiaries lives.
Until then - stay safe and stay well.