Giving Back in the Barber Industry

Giving Back is the New Black

It’s no secret the barber industry is full of talented, inspiring, and compassionate individuals- but it’s also full of giving and philanthropic pros.

The barber industry bands together to support many great causes from the fight against cancer, to the fight for equality.

Have you ever wondered how you become more involved in the barber industry’s charitable movements?

Well look no further!

We’ve laid out of a few of the top ways and organizations (but certainly not all) you can get involved with from the comfort of your couch, the proximity of your backyard, or even on a national and international level.

But I’m strapped for cash right now, can I even help?

Of course! 

There are so many ways to support and give back to local and national communities that are far beyond donating $$$. You can donate your time, your skills, and so much more.

Check out a few of our favorite ways to get involved below.

Paul Mitchell Schools and alumni have been doing an annual FUNraising Campaign for the last 15 years.

Each year, students and staff from 100+ Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools raise money and awareness for selected charities. Raising $5­–10 at a time with grassroots activities like cut-a-thons, hair shows, and car washes, Paul Mitchell raised over $20 million in 15 years!

Elite Beauty Society, is standing up and applauding the amazing diversity in our the beauty and barber industries and is giving back to it, too.

Help Elite Beauty Society spread the love to four incredible and supportive organizations giving back to the LGBTQ+ community- The Trevor ProjectHuman Rights CampaignPFLAG, and It Gets Better ProjectThrough June, Elite Beauty Society will be donating a portion of every professional liability policy back to these amazing organizations. 

Look Good, Feel Better

Cancer sucks, plain and simple. Look Good, Feel Better aims to help those affected by this horrible disease feel a little more light in the everyday.

Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin care, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

Look Good Feel Better for Men is a practical guide for helping men with some of the side effects of cancer treatment, including skin changes, hair loss, and more.


Heard of no shave November? Well that's how Movember was born.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They're addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Movember know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. They're independent of government funding, so they can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. 

In 15 years they’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.

Not all organizations are about money and movement. Some are just a safe space, where you can find community and comfort. That's what Gib's Grooming's CANCER SUCKS Campaign has set out to be.

In 2015, the Gibs Grooming family was hit directly when Big Smooth’s wife, Steph, was diagnosed with a unique form of cancer.  Upon Steph's diagnosis, Gib's created this space. They knew we weren't alone, and we knew so many others had "Stephs" in their lives they need to celebrate.

Cancer doesn't only affect its victim. It riles a family and ripples through friends, coworkers, a network and even a young brand's social media.

Gib's has used this page to raise money for cancer awareness and talk about losses and survival and tears and tragedy. That's the silver lining. So the page stays. Your stories honoring your Stephs are welcomed and encouraged.

Did you know everyday in America, nearly 50 MILLION people don't know where their next meal will come from.

Trim Hunger was founded to combat that number. Founded and fueled by stylists this organization is dedicated to raising awareness and donations to address the issue of hunger. Through its affiliation with The Salon Professional Academy, Elevate Salon Institute, and with the help of generous corporate sponsors, Trim Hunger is igniting the passion to help those in need in the hearts of beauty and barber professionals all across the country.

In an industry already focused on helping, giving, and transforming lives, Trim Hunger has limitless support from beauty/barber schools, salons, spas, and manufacturers to provide nutritious meals for those in greatest need.

Trim Hunger raises funds and awareness for this cause by hosting Cut-A-Thons at salons and schools. Want to get involved? Grab a pair of shears and you’re good to go!

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