There are ways to help this important cause without flying to a remote island. Donations, sponsorships, events and volunteering as the program heads closer to home are now all options to contribute.

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The team is back from their June expedition to Manila, where a group of eight organisers, hairdressers and educators, as well as six students, travelled to teach hairdressing skills to those less fortunate. The trip was its usual success, not just for the students, who are now multiplying their previous earnings by cutting hair, but also for the charity. There is already another trip planned for next January and the initiative to host a similar program in Queensland.

These big plans could use your help, and you can even learn some new tricks for yourself in the process. Hair Aid will be hosting a series of events to raise money for the cause, starting with a dynamic Look and Learn by the one and only Benni Tognini in Perth on August 3rd. He will share the stage with experienced trichologist Simone Lee and fashion week regular Pauline McCabe, as well as a host of other hairdressers and barbers. You can book your tickets here.

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Hairdressing volunteer Gabby Lincoln

Although spots are fully booked for the January 2016 trip, the group could still use donations of scissor sets, neck brushes and capes. Another avenue to contribute is in the newly announced Australian Hair Aid program, which will host a five day training program for the long term unemployed in remote Queensland.

Volunteers and local companies who can host the program are in demand, a crucial part of a curriculum that aims to finish by enrolling participants in TAFE, university, internships or work experience to further their careers. The Livelihood Empowerment Program, as it will be known, will teach five haircuts and provide participants with a portfolio and Certificate of Completion to help them gain further employment.

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It’s no doubt a meaningful endeavour. If you wish to help by going in to the trenches, sponsoring a stylist or simply slapping a Hair Aid sticker on a donation cup to collect money in salon, the options are there.

For more information email selina@hairaid.org.au