Have you heard the buzz about a first-of-its-kind initiative in the beauty community that is bringing together celebrity hairstylists, renowned educators, product companies and even students - all in the name of beauty and wellness as a premier career?
Lynelle Lynch embraces a BCL Scholarship Winner
The Beauty Changes Lives foundation is a non-profit organization initiated by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. The Foundation awards scholarships to licensed and aspiring beauty professionals, while striving to elevate public awareness and perception of beauty as a career of choice, and celebrating the generosity and philanthropy of the professional beauty community.
Established in 2012, the Beauty Changes Lives foundation is supported by a board of directors including Bellus Academy owner and president Lynelle Lynch, Jan Arnold, CND co-founder and style director; Reuben Carranza, North American CEO, Managing Director, P&G Salon Professional; Christine Gordon, president and co-owner, Graham Webb Academy, John Halal, education director, Tricoci University; and Robert Passage, global ambassador, Pivot Point International.
Modern Salon recently chatted with Lynelle Lynch about the Beauty Changes Lives foundation. Below are excerpts from the conversation:
Modern Salon: How and Why was BCL Created?
Lynelle Lynch: It is ironic that while beauty professionals are behind every magazine cover, fashion show and corporate executive’s TV talk show appearance, many people fail to recognize how pervasive our industry is, and the role we play in helping people look and feel their best. Beauty Changes Lives started out as an initiative of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. We wanted to showcase how beauty and wellness professionals change lives for individuals and communities. A 2009 debut event in Phoenix brought together industry legends, fashion and beauty professionals and educators to share how graduating beauty school changed their lives. It was really an epiphany for many in attendance at the event who realized that beauty really does changes lives.
Eden Sassoon, Reuben Carranza
What is the BCL Vision?
Lynelle Lynch: First and foremost, Beauty Changes Lives is committed to building awareness and support of beauty as a premier career of choice. Following our first event, individuals from throughout the industry were eager to get on board and support our vision. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson served as the first Beauty Changes Lives spokesperson, sharing his passion for beauty careers. Other industry voices began exploring needs and potential opportunities to create a broader vision. Collectively, we cultivated a vision that brings together the beauty and wellness professional, the brands supporting our industry, and the consumers we serve.