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Andis Foundation Charitable Giving Tops $1.5 Million with Newly Announced Grants

New and renewed grants help meet real needs, secure youth success, and strengthen families in Racine, WI and beyond.

The Andis Foundation is proud to announce it has awarded $1.5 million since its founding in 2015. With its guiding principle of building strong communities on the foundation of family, small grants recipients have all shared a common goal of creating lasting impact. Until recently, all have been in or directly benefited Racine, WI where four generations of Andis Company leaders have called home..

“For 100 years, Andis has thrived in Southeastern Wisconsin, which is why we are honored to be able to give back to the communities that have given us so much whether here in Racine, WI or beyond in Fort Myers, Fl, where we have helped with hurricane relief, or in Kansas City, MO where we’re supporting Pawsperity — a nonprofit that transforms lives through pet grooming,” said Laura Andis Bishop, President of Andis Foundation. “We would not have made it to our centennial year without the support of people across the country and it is so meaningful for all of us at the Andis Foundation to work toward keeping families and communities connected.”

New and renewed Andis Foundation grants recipients are detailed below:

New Grants

  • TwinCutZ Barbership in Fort Myers, FL — funding free haircuts for first responders, healthcare workers, linemen and anyone negatively impacted by Hurricane Ian.
  • Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center — engages children in the wonder of reading as the foundation for community connection and a life of success.
  • The Parent Life program of Southeastern Wisconsin Youth for Christ — helping young parents achieve their dreams while building strong families. 
  • United Way’s LIFT (Link and Inspire For Tomorrow) program in Racine’s community schools — provides opportunities for youth and families to connect more deeply in creative ways that bolster kids’ success.

Renewed Grants

  • The Racine Art Museum Association’s Giving Tuesday Match Campaign — a unique resource providing our community with quality art experiences to discover the power of creativity.
  • Wisconsin 4-H Foundation’s livestock judging activities and competitions for youth aged 5-19— designed to learn critical animal care skills, develop key character and life skills, and foster engagement in the community as well as the industry. 
  • Racine, WI’s Hometown’s Hospitality Center — providing salon services to youth and families who would otherwise find it unaffordable.
  • J. I. Case High School FIRST Robotics competitions — provides an excellent opportunity for all students interested in developing creative and innovation skills.
  • The expansion of NAMI Racine County’s Ending the Silence peer education presentations and NAMI Teen Talk program — with demonstrated effectiveness in reducing stigma around mental illness and related topics. 
  • Pawsperity, formerly The Grooming Project, in Kansas City, MO — helping single parents break the cycle of poverty and achieve financial stability through the art of pet grooming.

To help support its charitable giving, Andis Company is also excited to announce the launch of a new Andis Foundation website, in alignment with the company’s new branding.  This new site makes it easier than ever to identify and apply for grants, understand current programs, and see the foundation’s impact since its founding in 2015.

To experience the all new Andis Foundation website, visit

Find Out How Booksy Can Support Your Business During the Festive Period

Make the most of the festive period with 5 Tips to increase your revenue!

Find out how Booksy can support your business during this time, and try out a free trial.

Booksy Ambassador Alan Beak, explaining the 5 tips to maximise your Christmas revenue!

1. Get Yourself on the Market: During this holiday season, we can anticipate that many people will be traveling fair distances to reconnect with loved ones. But where can out-of-towners find a reliable place to get a quick cut before a family gathering? Booksy Marketplace.  Creating an online profile for your barbershop on the Booksy marketplace can help you get discovered by new clients every day. By building your profile, with great images, client reviews, and a comprehensive list of your services and prices, it has never been easier for potential clients to find you, and book in!  

2. Modify Your Menu: As time draws closer and closer to the holidays, many barbershops feel a rush of clients, just wanting a quick clean-up. During these busy few days, you might want to modify your menu list, to include shorter, faster turn-over services – to get as many of your clients in and out of the door, in time for the festivities. Booksy makes this easy-as-can-be, as you can simply create a bookable list of services you offer for the holidays.   

3. Blast Your Memos: While we all love a hand-written season’s greetings card, it might not be the most efficient way to share your news with your client base. With Booksy you can instantly get any news, promotions, changes, or reminders to your entire database, via SMS and email.  

4. Don’t Forget: This time of year, with so much going on, it would be easy to forget your head if it wasn’t screwed on right! With Booksy, you can send your clients automated reminders before each appointment, to avoid the dreaded late arrivals and no-shows.  

5. Give the Gift of Easy Shopping: What’s a better gift than time? With Booksy, clients (and your client’s loved ones) can easily purchase gift cards for time and services at your barbershop, making holiday shopping quick and painless, and putting some cash in your register, and appointments in your schedule for the slower January days.

OUT NOW: BarberEVO North America Issue 28 – December 2022 / January 2023


The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW! This issue is all about prepping yourself, your barbers and your shop for a season of success. 2023 has the potential to be your best year yet, so start the year off how you mean to go on with the freshest ideas and advice from BarberEVO. 



We’ve had blast taking planes, trains, and automobiles across an epic tour of Midwest. We’ve been meeting clients and going to events in the UK, EU, and of course, North America. 

We were at Salt Lake City Beauty & Barber Expo talking to the biggest names in the bizz. Not to blow our own trumpet or anything, but we won Best Booth… We also headed out to LA for Barbercon – another incredible weekend seeing all of you guys in the flesh. If you didn’t catch us this year, guaranteed we’ll see you at the next!


It’s that time of the year already, y’all, when we start to reflect on our past year and make goals for the one to come. But before the ball drops, we have to survive the festive season, when our books are full (hopefully) and shops packed with happy people.

Buy your copy of BarberEVO to find answers to the questions: what are your goals? To create a collection? Entering a competition? Adding another revenue-increasing service? Or just getting through the year in a better economical position? We cover it all. 


A good haircut doesn’t just happen with a pair of clippers and shears. Styling is an essential element of a barbering service – it gives you the opportunity and time to educate your clients on how to keep up their look, and allows you to sell retail.

The great thing about style is that we all like to do it a little differently, depending on who you are and where you are. In this issue, we talk about how you can prepare for anyone who ends up in your chair. It’s true that giving clients the tools they need to look good once they leave your chair too is a major confidence booster – and a great way to build loyalty.


In this issue, we talk to barbershop owners about how they create welcoming and very very cool interiors that uniquely represents their brand, while also being practical and comfortable. Whether you want your shop to be chill, luxe, multifunctional, or on the move… we got you.

We hope you enjoy this issue! You can order your print copy here. 

New Booksy Card Reader – Designed to Improve the Checkout Process and Customer Experience

As a barber, getting paid should be the easy part of your job. Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, has made the payment process extremely easy and even more convenient with their Booksy Card Reader

The Booksy Card Reader is new solution, powered by Stripe, a trusted leader in the payment processing space, that further enables beauty providers to process credit card, tap-to-pay, and mobile wallet payments – quickly, safely, and easily. This feature helps beauty pros spend less time chasing payments and more time doing what they love. 

Tameika Swint is the Executive Director and Founder of Styles 4 Kidz and is an avid user of Booksy Card Reader. This payment solution, that’s fully integrated with the Booksy app, has helped her business in more ways than one. Thanks to this feature, her salon’s checkout process is 5x faster! The tap-to-pay option is a huge benefit in a busy salon environment as it speeds up the process even more.

“One of the biggest downsides of a slow checkout experience is that you or your business look unprofessional. Before Booksy, we were spending an average five minutes at checkout. Now we’re spending a minute or less,” shared Tameika.   

This simple, more convenient way to pay helps Tameika and her staff spend more time building relationships, being creative and ultimately delivering the best experience possible to their clients. Styles 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization, so income reporting is also extremely important for their salon. With everything bundled in the app, Booksy Stats & Reportsenables users to pull reports easily, saving time and energy. A business owner can access their data and analytics at the touch of a finger.  

On average, Booksy Card Reader users see a 10% increase in tips and an 18% increase in average booking value. With Booksy Card Reader, beauty professionals get free next business day payouts or they can use Fast Payouts to get money within 30 minutes for a flat 1% fee. 

In a few easy steps, any beauty professional can start getting paid faster: 

  1. In the Booksy app, head to “Business Settings” and click on “Customer Payments” 
  2. Select “Payment Types” and choose “Booksy Card Reader”
  3. Select “Verify”. After you complete the verification process, you can order your Booksy Card Reader
  4. Once you receive your Booksy Card Reader in the mail, connect it to your Booksy app and start processing payments

Download the Booksy Biz mobile app for free or visit to learn more.


Booksy is a cloud-based appointment booking solution for hairstylists, colorists, barbers, nail artists, estheticians, massage therapists, salons, barbershops, spas and more. It offers appointment scheduling, calendar management, online payments, and a suite of marketing management functionalities. Android and iPhone apps supported. Booksy features two mobile applications: Booksy Biz for businesses and Booksy Lite geared more for independent professional plus a Booksy app for clients.

Wahl Professional® Releases 5 Star Vanish® Shaver for Flawless Finishes

The new independent suspension cutter bars and easily removable micro-thin gold foils provide an ultra-smooth, ultra-close finish without bumps or irritation. 

Wahl Professional listened to the requests of barbers and stylists around the world and designed the new 5 Star Vanish® finishing tool to give them what they wanted: foils that remove easily without tearing or denting, the closest shave possible, and a fuel gauge to display battery life.

The NEW Wahl Professional 5 Star Vanish® shaver provides an ultra-close finish without irritation thanks to a revolutionary new independent suspension cutting system and micro-thin gold foils that hug the face, head, and neck for the smoothest shave out there. Designed with a power level light with smart LED fuel gauge display, 100+ minutes run time and a travel power-saver mode, you’ll always be ready to go. Wahl Professional knows that barbers who work all day need a tool that feels good in their hand. The ergonomic design with comfort grips provides a well-balanced, comfortable, and secure hold at any angle. A quick release button makes removing the entire shaver head fast and easy. And the micro-thin gold foils easily remove individually – without tearing or denting – for cleaning, rotating or replacement. 

“The 5 Star Vanish® Shaver does more than just shave. You can blend bald fades, eliminate stray hairs on finished hairstyles and clean up neck and facial hair,” says Wahl Professional Educator, Nieves Almaraz (@howtofadehair), “I can save money by extending the life of my gold foils by easily popping them out and rotating them and by replacing just one gold foil, instead of the entire shaver head.”

Barbers and stylists can purchase The Wahl Professional 5 Star Vanish® Shaver for $129 at or by visiting their local distributor.

About Wahl Professional

Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Today, with over 2,500 employees worldwide, Wahl is proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Wahl distributes to 176 countries and has eight global manufacturing facilities as well as 25 sales offices. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of groundbreaking innovations for the present and future for the global market. Visit for more details.


L’Oréal Professionnel premiers virtual hair looks and enters the Metaverse in partnership with Ready Player Me

Today, L’Oréal Professionnel, the pioneering hair brand and trusted partner of hair stylists since 1909 becomes the first to create virtual hair looks for cross-gaming avatars.

In partnership with Ready Player Me, the world-leader in avatars for multi-app use, and working with 3-D artist Evan Rochette, L’Oréal Professionnel releases the first in a series of hairstyles for users to curate their personal avatar and push the boundaries of self-expression. Five textured hair looks are available to enable gamers express themselves. Making interconnected virtual worlds a reality, avatars created on Ready Player Me are compatible with more than 4,000 games, platforms and apps globally.

“For more than 110 years, L’Oréal Professionnel has put its pioneering spirit at the service of hairstylists, to develop the professional hair industry and elevate the expression of hair beauty in the world, “ says Anne Machet, L’Oréal ProfessionnelGlobal General Manager.

“We see this exciting partnership with Ready Player Me as a meaningful way to continue our journey in the virtual world. We cannot wait to push technical and creative boundaries to provide the community with limitless hair expression possibilities.”

“L’Oréal Professionnel’s hair styles are an amazing addition to the Ready Player Me platform”, said Timmu Tõke, CEO & Co-Founder of Ready Player Me.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the L’Oréal Group and bring their avatar customization options to our avatar creator and all apps and games compatible with Ready Player Me, including Spatial, HiberWorld, and VRChat.”

After the first five Ready Player Me looks, L’Oréal Professionnel will continue to build a bridge between hair pros and CG artists next year to develop hair beauty and self-expression in the virtual world.

Follow us all year long. @LorealPro #LorealPro #LorealProMetaverse

The Hair and Barber Council are Extremely Concerned with the Effect The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement will have on our Sector

With the sector still trying to recover from the covid lockdowns, the current cost of living crisis and the mayhem of the mini budget, many of our members are seriously worried about the future of their businesses.

UK salons are the main occupier of high streets up and down the UK (46,210) and the Autumn Budget released on 17th November has done nothing but levy a further cost rise on employers in the sector who already struggle to meet wage bills due to loss of trade following the Covid lockdowns and since the mini budget.  A forced NMW increase of 9.7/10.9% plus employer oncosts will most certainly force the industries underground market to expand even further.

Employers in the industry are the ones sinking fast! With only 33% of workers in the industry now “employed”, and the only ones likely to be paying VAT are now also weighted down with increasing high energy costs and again MORE employment costs.

Every employer believes their employees deserve more, but the Government has naively levied an increase on a sector that is trading in a two-tier business model with employers now losing the race.  Employers want to retain staff, invest, grow and develop their businesses but they have not even had a chance to trade out of covid with many still not back to 2019 revenues, yet costs continue to rise at an unsustainable level.

Apprenticeships jobs already at risk from the pandemic and lack of Government support means this now forced wage increase will result in many 16–18-year-olds losing their apprenticeships, potentially forcing them onto benefits. 

The industry is not regulated so there is no consumer protection in place to protect the public from rogue traders who have never trained or qualified in the industry. The consequence of Government choices has now increased what was already an endemic problem in the industry. The Hair and Barber Council are constituted by the 1964 Hairdressing Act with qualified professional hairdressers and barbers able to voluntarily register with the Council, but the mass of rogue traders will continue to plough trade in our sector forcing the entire industry in a race to the bottom.  Once regulated the sector would be managed by industry experts and professionals who have worked in the sector for many years. 

The Hair and Barber Council URGENTLY needs the following support to help it to survive and prosper.:

  • Suspend business rates to help with high energy costs – include the personal care sector and give 75% discount or 100% to high street salons/barbers. 
  • Give the sector a VAT cut and level up the playing field  
  • Introduce HMRC time to pay for industries still plagued with covid debt from pandemic lockdowns they did not choose. 
  • Support Apprenticeship costs for salon employers with an Apprenticeship furlough type scheme to SAVE JOBS. 
  • Convert BBL/CBILS for small businesses locked down to grants. 
  • HM Treasury to meet with The Hair & Barber Council and other organisations to deal with critical issues plaguing the industry. 
  • Government to pay SSP for small employers as all are still impacted by covid absence 
  • Make regulation mandatory to stop rogue traders, protect consumers and our professional sector.

For more information please contact;

Oway UK Announces Simon Tuckwell as UK Creative Director

Leading Italian haircare brand, Oway is delighted to announce Simon Tuckwell, owner of Tuckwell & Co in Nottingham as the brand’s new UK Creative Director. 

Earth, glass and aluminium is where the Oway story first began in 1948, in Bologna, Italy. one of the most beautiful cities in the world, After a lengthy research process in the early 1990s, they embarked on a mission to create hair products using organic extracts, cementing the ethos of the Oway brand we know today. In order to bring change to the industry, Oway chose to give up classic chemical ingredients and undertake a journey of true green revolution and a natural pace towards real sustainability to support their commitment to protecting the planet. 

Now, the Oway Manifesto is the perfect visual representation of the brand’s values and the benefits they bring to your salon with each and every cut, colour and style.

From growing and cultivating ingredients with the least environmental impact to developing sustainable packaging, this Manifesto represents the conscious choice and purposeful action your salon takes to change the industry for the better. 

In 2010 Oway became biodynamic farmers and created Ortofficina, a place to grow herbs and plants in the most earth friendly way by distilling them directly for use in their products. By 2013 plastic was out, replaced by glass and aluminium, both fully recyclable and protective materials. 

Earth, glass and aluminium – the agricosmetica circle, a constantly evolving path, which shapes and reshapes an authentic and conscious lifestyle. A value shared by new Creative Director Simon Tuckwell:  

“I’m delighted to be working with Oway UK as their UK Creative Director. For me, it just felt like Oway was the perfect fit for the Tuckwell & Co brand, ethically and aesthetically. The support from day one has been second to none. Having that real close and personal relationship with a brand is key for me. I look forward to growing our relationship in the coming years and I’m excited for what’s to come. The products are extremely popular with both my team who love the performance they deliver and our clients who constantly comment on the scent and feel.”

NHBF Top 20 Influencers Index Announced

After a successful launch last year, the award-winning NHBF Top 100 Influencer Index’s Top 20 (sponsored by Pirkx, City and Guilds and The Hair & Beauty Charity) for 2022 have been announced. 

Today, Keeks Reid, freelance Beauty Editor, hosted a packed award event at Electric Space, London, where the Top 20 found out the exact number at which they rank. The event was also live streamed on the NHBF’s YouTube channel.

And the Top 20 are:

  1. Jamie Genevieve, Make-up artist and beauty influencer
  2. Caroline Hirons, Skin expert
  3. Cher Webb, Make-up artist
  4. Amber Rose Peake, Hairstylist & barber
  5. Gareth Williams, Moroccan Oil Pro, Global Ambassador and colourist at Salon 64
  6. Jess Maynard, The Gel Bottle Inc Brand Ambassador and nail artist
  7. Rob Wood
  8. Harriet Westmoreland, Nail artist
  9. Errol Douglas MBE, Award-winning hairdresser
  10. James Earnshaw, Award-winning hairdresser
  11. Pete Burkill, Celebrity and session stylist
  12. Jack Howard, International Colour Expert
  13. Chloe Swift, Ghd Global Educator and hair stylist
  14. Connor James Doyle, Hairdresser and educator
  15. Lauren Churchill, Hairdresser
  16. Jaymz Masters, Hairdresser and educator
  17. Sophia Hilton, CEO Not Another Salon
  18. Patrick Cameron, International hairdresser
  19. Joesph I’Anson, Award-winning hairstylist
  20. Nuala Morey, Hairdresser

The 100 – 21 Top Influencers were announced on the NHBF’s social channels last week, with lots of new faces making the list. The Index provides an opportunity to recognise those in the industry that use social media to influence the sector. 

Back in July, the NHBF invited nominations from professionals currently working in the hairdressing, barbering, beauty, wellbeing or aesthetics industries. From an initial list of hundreds of nominations, an independent expert company then analysed these nominations based on the following data metrics to reach the Top 100.

  • Followers – the number of people following the nominees
  • Engagement – the number of mentions, shares, links and impressions of the nominees’ posts
  • Reach – how many people have seen the nominees’ posts

NHBF chief executive Richard Lambert says, “Jamie Genevieve is one of the biggest beauty influencers that there is. It was no surprise that she came straight in at number one, followed closely by last year’s winner, Caroline Hirons.

It’s been fascinating to see the ups, downs and new entries across the rest of the Index.  The Top 100 Influencers Index isn’t just about numbers and reach, but influence and engagement. Ours is one of the UK’s most social media aware industries and we wanted to pay homage to those who use their channels to share their knowledge and opinions, and those who promote our industry in such a positive way.”

Full Top 100 List here.



Enter Booksy’s 12 Day Giveaway and Have a Chance to Win Amazing Prizes from Booksy Ambassadors!

The holidays are the perfect time for giving and Booksy, the leader in booking and business technology for the beauty industry, is giving back to beauty pros this season with their special 12 Day Giveaway! For 12 days – starting on November 21st – beauty pros can enter the 12 Day Giveaway contest and have a chance to win a prize from their favorite Booksy ambassador! From name brand hair clippers to high-quality nail products or Booksy swag bags, there are plenty of unique prizes to choose from. 

Check out the amazing products gifted from Booksy ambassadors that you could have a chance to win: 

  1. Byrd Mena – Gold Magic clippers
  2. Phillip Wolff – Zuka neck wraps 
  3. Alfredo Lewis – Framar brush and mixing bowl 
  4. Kim Kimble – Kimble Extension Care set 
  5. Jenny Bui – Jenny Secret Crystal Bundle 
  6. Chelly’s Nails – Valentino gel nail paint set 
  7. Brandi LaShay – Booksy forever barber hoodie 
  8. Keino Valley – Filled Booksy sling bag
  9. Leroy Garret – Wahl Gold Magic trimmer
  10. Naja Rickett – Cucchio nail products 
  11. Joel Torres – IGK products 
  12. Mr. Official – Booksy t-shirt and truck hat bundle 

Giveaways as unique as this don’t come around often and you don’t want to miss out! 

The 12 Day Giveaway starts on Monday, November 21st and runs through Friday, December 2nd. And the best part is that entering is so easy! To enter this contest, head over to the @booksybiz Instagram page or any of the 12 ambassadors’ pages to download Booksy and be entered into the giveaway! Winners will be announced on Booksy’s Instagram Live, as well as the respective ambassador’s Instagram page on December 9th.   

Download the Booksy app now: 

  • Search for “Booksy” the App Store or Google Play Store
  • Download the Booksy app 
  • Start your free trial to enter the 12 Day Giveaway 
  • Create your profile to get discovered by new clients everyday

Download the Booksy Biz mobile app for free or visit to learn more.


Booksy is a cloud-based appointment booking solution for hairstylists, colorists, barbers, nail artists, estheticians, massage therapists, salons, barbershops, spas and more. It offers appointment scheduling, calendar management, online payments, and a suite of marketing management functionalities. Android and iPhone apps supported. Booksy features two mobile applications: Booksy Biz for businesses and Booksy Lite geared more for independent professional plus a Booksy app for clients.