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Beauty schools prove giving back is the most beautiful thing

Beauty schools are where students with an eye for glamour can hone their skills. But it is also a place where students can spread beauty to others, including those struggling with problems that a little mascara can't fix. Several schools are proving that beauty is indeed on the inside by offering services, fundraisers and more for causes that matter.

Schools join fight against breast cancer

Paul Mitchell Schools jumped into National Breast Cancer Awareness Month after a corporate team member received a breast cancer diagnosis. Since that first year of shaved heads and personal donations, more schools have joined in. Last year, over 100 Paul Mitchell schools raised a total of $74,000 for breast cancer research -- this year, the goal is $100,000. For its part, Paul Mitchell's San Diego campus hosted a student wig competition to benefit cancer-fighting nonprofit Trinity Lifeguard Ministries, complete with celebrity judges.

Dean and co-founder Winn Claybaugh explained why breast cancer research is close to the heart of Paul Mitchell Schools. "With more than 13,000 future professionals attending our schools, nearly all of us have been touched by some form of cancer. That makes it personal, and we want to do our part to support survivors and their families and help find a cure. We're often asked why giving back is such a key part of our curriculum. The answer is easy: it's the right thing to do and we care."

Other beauty schools also showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 4th Annual Orlo Goes Global: A Hair Show was held late last month at the New York State Museum in Albany. The runway show of avant-garde hair designs was hosted by Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology. More than just a show of hair fashions, the event included photo booths, product sales, raffle prizes, refreshments and hip music from DJ Trumastr. All proceeds from the event went to local breast cancer research and support programs.

Students at Beauty Schools of America, which has five campus locations across Florida, sponsored an event at the Jackson Health System in Miami, providing mini-makeovers and beautification services to breast cancer patients, proving the desire to help goes beyond contributing funds. The team of philanthropists included massage therapists, makeup artists, cosmetologists and more. The goal was to help those women who have dealt with the difficulties of breast cancer feel beautiful again.

National Day of Beauty takes on domestic violence

Though breast cancer is a common and worthy theme, there is another problem that touches the hearts of beauty school students: domestic violence. The National Day of Beauty event, sponsored by Empire Beauty Schools, raised $45,000 in one day for over 100 local women's shelters across the country. On Oct. 12, all proceeds from haircuts, coloring, nail services and more went to the cause.

It is a story that hits close to home for too many: Every nine seconds, a woman in the United States is assaulted. Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury for women, and every day, three women in the United States are murdered by their abusive partners, according to Domestic Violence Statistics. In a further effort to stem the tide of violence, Empire Beauty Schools teaches students to recognize the signs of domestic abuse in their clients, offers free salon services for shelter residents and educational endowments for any domestic violence shelter resident interested in attending beauty school.

Disclaimer: Empire Beauty Schools is a client of QuinStreet, Inc., which owns and operates BeautySchoolNetwork.com

Sources:

"Beauty Schools of America Supports Breast Cancer Awareness," PRWeb, October 23, 2013, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11257020.htm

Domestic Violence Statistics, Accessed November 4, 2013 http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics/

"Empire Beauty Schools Raise Over $45,000 in One Day to Support Local Anti-Domestic Violence Programs," Marketwired, October 16, 2013, http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/empire-beauty-schools-raise-over-45000-one-day-support-local-anti-domestic-violence-1841818.htm

"Paul Mitchell Schools Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Paul Mitchell Schools, Gail Fink, October 1, 2013, http://paulmitchell.edu/news-media/press-releases?id=2e347a47e5a023e08e172c8c

"The Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology Alumni Presents Orlo Goes Global: A Hair Show," PRWeb, October 17, 2013, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11240483.htm