THE STAR-STUDDED, salon-packed
Millennium Harms Software Be-Cause
event at Tela Salon in the Meatpacking
District of NYC brought together more than
240 salon professionals in a kick-off party to
benefit Beauty Changes Lives.


Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit
initiative designed to raise awareness of
how careers in the hair, beauty and wellness
industry transform lives both personally and
professionally. Created by the American
Association of Cosmetology Schools
(AACS), Beauty Changes Lives is supported
by a coalition of beauty professionals
including educators, product manufacturers,
celebrities and industry icons.


Presenting at the event was Beauty
Changes Lives Ambassador and
Spokesperson, Ted Gibson, along with
Brig Van Osten, winner of Shear Genius 3.
Attendees at the event were challenged to
come up with their own “Be” word. “We
are trying to motivate the salon industry
by bringing influential people together to
focus on something important and doing
something for other people,” says John
Harms, CEO of Millennium by Harms
Software and founder of the Be-Cause
event. “We have been inspired by what
other salon professionals have done in their
own communities. We’ve selected Beauty
Changes Lives as our charity with the goal
to raise enough money to help aspiring
hairdressers attend beauty school.” For
more information on Beauty Changes Lives
visit beautychangeslives.org.


Brig Van Osten


Ted Gibson and John Harms