At ChairsOfChange.com stylists can “Create a Project” for positive change big or small—anything from losing weight, running a marathon, conducting a client makeover or organizing a cut-a-thon—and share their actions toward achieving that goal, as well as post photos and tips. Meanwhile, explains Rosado, clients and stylists can offer support or encouragement; fellow stylists can join in the project to make its impact even greater; and ultimately, stylists can enter Project Challenges where their ideas can gain funding. However, the biggest reward is that stylists can share the results of their positive change efforts and continuously inspire each other. As Chicago salon owner Nick Stenson notes: “As hairdressers, we have so much more power than we realize.”
The inspirational stories on ChairsOfChange.com illustrate powerful changes beauty professionals have already made within themselves and their salon. In one video message, Josh Ristaino of New York City describes how he went from being homeless with a chemical addiction at age 18 to currently working as a celebrity hair stylist. Gina Bertolino of Mystic Images Salon in Suffern, New York, talks about how she organized a fashion show right outside of her salon to celebrate and benefit the breast cancer survivor clients inside. Current projects on chairsofchange.com include:
• Charlene Prudhomme of Coventry, Rhode Island, is spearheading “Hair’s to a Healthy Weight,” which encourages “people with eating disorders to reach their healthy weight and rewards them with visits to the salon as they reach their goals.”
• Laura Polko of New York City, a diabetic since the age of eight, is cycling in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure event and getting other supporters to join her.
• Kevin Lane of Hairbenders Salon in Joplin, Missouri, is hosting former victims of Cambodia’s sex trade—who recently received their cosmetology licenses—in his salon to help them start their careers, so they can go back to Cambodia and help train other sex trade victims.
Visit ChairsOfChange.com to read more on these stories and see how you can join the movement. “These are all amazing ways that hair stylists are creating positive change and changing the world,” says Rosado, “and there are so many more projects, ideas and stories we hope hair stylists will share!”
Visit chairsofchange.com to see how the beauty community is making a difference.