EBeauty founder Carolyn Keller, a cancer survivor, started the wig exchange program to allow other women with cancer diagnoses to still feel inspired and hold on to a sense of empowerment. Keller’s kindness has shared wigs with almost 30,000 women across the United States. Keller shares, “the primary goal of EBeauty is to provide all women, regardless of economic status or geographic location access to wigs.”
Paul Mitchell Schools offer robust educational opportunities to create excellent licensed cosmetologists while also creating responsible community leaders. In 2018, EBeauty partnered with Paul Mitchell Schools allowing campuses across the country to volunteer to share a piece of confidence with someone quite literally in the fight of their life. Temple Annapolis immediately jumped on board with a dual purpose: serving the community and sharing wig maintenance education with all enrolled Temple Future Professionals. At the end of the lesson, each Future Professional wrote “love notes” to accompany each wig; one reading, “Soon when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad you never gave up.” Reflecting on the lesson of wig sanitation, maintenance and styling, one Temple Annapolis Future Professional shared, I have a few people in my family who have passed from cancer and my father is a cancer research nurse at Johns Hopkins for medicine studies and I myself have had a tumor removed in 2014, so this was very dear to me … I think it’s really awesome and quite amazing that the school jumped on board with EBeauty for this cause and I’m glad I got to participate.
Always an example of kindness and an advocate of giving back co-owner, Sharon, shares, “We are excited to work with EBeauty because it allows our Future Professionals to apply what they’re learning at school while simultaneously making a difference the lives of those facing the traumatic diagnoses of cancer.”
Looking at the month of February on a calendar always seems to draw your eye to February 14. We immediately think about that special someone and obsess over the most perfect gift to show just how much they are loved. With grand Valentine’s Day gestures being shared through almost every form of marketing, it’s easy to forget about how it feels just to receive a simple, hand made Valentine’s Day card. Caring Cards took a piece nostalgia to offer kindness to others that may need it the most.
Thinking back to time spent in Saperstein Critical Care Tower of Cedars-Sinai Hospital visiting friends, co-creator of ‘Caring Cards’ and Director of Shows for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Greg Bonhomme, remembered seeing patients without visitors. With this thought in mind, he suggested to his partner, Rabbit, that in leu of a lavish Valentine’s Day celebration, they spend time making Valentine’s Day cards to share with hospital patients. In 2017, the pair delivered 175 cards which was enough for every bed in Saperstein —with the goal eventually being able to share a card with every single patient in hospital care. Soon after, friends and family began to pitch in to create cards. From there, the word of kindness spread across the country encouraging schools and offices to jump on board.
When The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, co-owner, Sharon got wind of such a thoughtful initiative, it was a no brainer to get both Temple schools involved. Sharon shared, “Our school’s foundation is the culture. Having the ability to make someone’s day could mean giving to someone you may not even know”. Sharing the reason why Temple classrooms were transformed into a giant arts and crafts space, with The Temple Future Professionals made them even more excited for the opportunity to be a day maker. Instead of their normal canvas of hair, our Future Professionals thoughtfully crafted cards, with encouraging words to share with patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To be kind and to share kindness is a concept but when it’s believed and put into action makes it a lifestyle. Everyday, we are so proud of our Temple Team and Future Professionals for genuinely living the Paul Mitchell culture daily.
The Temple Annapolis hosted a Daddy Daughter Princess Party this past summer aimed at teaching fathers how to care for and style their daughter’s hair. Among the skills taught were how to properly tie a sleek ponytail, create the perfect dancer bun and style a simple and elegant 3-strand braid.
“It was awesome to spend the day teaching dads how to do their daughters’ hair,” said team member Hannah Baldwin. “Growing up, I loved when my dad did my hair; so it was great to be able to give back and share an experience that these princesses will be able to remember for the rest of their lives.”
Future Professional on hand assisting the dad with any help or questions they had. They also painted their daughters nails. Of course, it would not be a princess party without cupcakes, tiaras and wands for the lovely princesses!
“I had such a great time teaching the dads how to braid their daughters’ hair. They were willing to learn and did such a great job!” said Future Professional Gabby Bauer.
Proceeds from the event benefit Paul Mitchell School’s annual FUNraiser.
Future Professionals from Temple Annapolis recently donated their time to give free braids to participants of Girls on the Run.
“It was so fun. I loved braiding their hair and getting to connect with such a great organization.” said future professional Hannah Lee.
Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. They believe; “That every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. Can.”
“Girls on the Run is a organization that truly helps build girls confidence from a young age. It was a fun event of being able to meet these young girls as well as, donate our time to do braiding for them.” said Hannah Baldwin, Service Desk Leader.