8 December 2023

Giving back, paying it forward: beautiful people making a difference

When it comes to giving back, paying it forward, or just downright caring and generosity, here are three hair salons that keep the holiday spirit all year round!

‘Tis the season of gift-giving – both giving back, paying it forward, and lending a hand to those less fortunate. And hairdressing salons – in their own small way – continue to make a big difference in their communities. Both during the holiday season and all year round, these small business know that what goes around, comes around!

The Food Bank – a classic initiative!

In full Christmas spirit, Mane Attraction Salon, located in the Biltmore Plaza in Phoenix, AZ, is bringing back their annual holiday food drive supporting St. Mary’s Food Bank. Over the past two years, the salon has donated 500 meals and invites the community to help them meet this year’s goal of donating 400lbs to the cause. Indeed, from December 1 – 18, guests are invited to donate non-perishable food itemsFor every 3 food items donated, participants will receive an entry into a drawing for a product gift basket, valued at $150 and hand-picked by the professionals at Mane Attraction Salon. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 20. 

Husband and wife team of Chris and Jenny Knudsen, owners and operators of Mane Attraction Salon

Estetica also invites our readers, in the Phoenix area or beyond, to make a donation either to St. Mary’s Food Bank or any other worthy association closer to home.

Supporting local small businesses

Hairdressing salons and barber shops were just some of the small local businesses devastated during the pandemic lockdowns. Some closed forever, other struggled to make a comeback, and others continue to struggle. In addition to sharing her passion for her craft as a mentor for up-and-coming staff at Teeka Lynne’s Salon and Day Spa in Halifax, MA, Teeka Isaakson is also a role model in giving back, paying it forward.

In addition to supporting local food banks, Teeka also works with the local Prom Expo in finding formal wear students who can’t afford a new gown can wear. Then during the holiday season, the salon supports other local businesses with a special event dubbed “Local Vendors on Small Business Saturday“.

During this event, the salon promotes a variety of small business and artisans – ranging from cookies to crystals, handbags to sweatshirts, to original artwork. Throngs of locals pass by to get a jump start on their Christmas gift shopping. Sharing ideas, space, and spreading the word a great way to pay it forward. As grandma would say: what goes around, comes around!

Year-round commitment!

And while we’re on the subject, let’s give another call-out to Denman Ambassador Skip Fellers, owner of Neon Moon, in Asheville, NC. Last September Skip and her team chose to offer ‘pay what you can’ days. On these days clients can receive amazing Neon Moon services and literally pay whatever they can for their appointment.

One of my favorite aspects of being a stylist is meeting new people and having that human connection. I love the fact that offering this day allows me to touch more lives with a great haircut. Moreover, it is often at a time that potentially they need it the most. On top of that, my regular clients have voiced how this makes them even happier to pay my usual rate, knowing that it helps fund these community give back days,” says Skip.


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