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Beauty Changes Lives!


Elan Sassoon and Beauty Changes Lives Celebrate Mentoring, Scholarshipsand the Next Generation of Beauty Legends
ABS event to bring together students and beauty industry legends

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation will shine the spotlight on how the beauty industry is giving back to the next generation of beauty and wellness professionals during America’s Beauty Show (ABS) on Monday, March 11, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.  The event will pair industry legends –practicing hairstylists, educators and business visionaries – with beauty school students to showcase how beauty truly is changing lives.

Elan Sassoon, son of Vidal Sassoon, will remark on the creativity, craftsmanship and commitment to education that defined his father’s legendary career. He will also announce a $1.5M grant by Wella, the salon professional division of P&G, that will fund the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program. Theprogram will award five-day advanced training courses at Sassoon Academy’s to selected licensed cosmetologists. For aspiring beauty professionals, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program will award 50 percent of cosmetology school tuition to 20 recipients annually thru 2017.

Industry icons in the hair, nail and education industry will share how they are paying forward their talent and time to prepare the next generation of beauty legends through theBeauty Changes Lives Celebrity Mentorship program. Diana Schmidtke, hairstylist and groomer to some of Hollywood’s leading men, will share how she is providing her mentee Leonor DelCastillo with insight into the world of celebrity grooming., CND Style Director Jan Arnold and her mentee Cheyanne Birchall will share how they worked together behind the scenes at couture fashion events.

Award  winning international guest artist Tracey Hughes will share how her work as an artist is enhanced by her commitment to ongoing education. Beyond being a coveted guest artist, Hughes has also created a breadth of educational resources that help hairstylists enhance their skills throughout their professional journey.

Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch commented on the enthusiastic supportBeauty Changes Lives is receiving from organizations and individuals eager to support the program. “The generosity of leaders in our industry is truly redefining what a scholarship experience is all about. We’re not just providing funding, but connecting today’s biggest names in beauty with tomorrow’s talent through successful mentoring experiences,” said Lynch, who will emcee the Beauty Changes Lives program at ABS.

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is supported through donations of time, talent and treasure by some of the world’s biggest names in beauty including Wella, Hairdressers at Heart, Massage Envy, CND, Dr. Howard Murad, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson and celebrity stylist/male grooming authority Diana Schmidtke.

Individuals can learn more about careers in beauty and wellness as well as scholarships by visiting, becoming a Facebook fan at or following Beauty Changes Lives on Twitter @BtyChangesLives.

About American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Founded in 1924, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools represents nearly 1,200 member cosmetology schools in North America.  AACS is a source committed to elevating the beauty and wellness industry as a premier career choice.  For more information please visit

About the Beauty Changes LivesFoundation
The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is a 501(c)(3) which seeks to raise awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities available  in the beauty and wellness industry and awards scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in hair, skin, nails, barbering and massage therapy. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community.

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