The Temple Annapolis, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, is included in over 20 Paul Mitchell Schools to wash and style wigs for EBeauty, an organization offering free wigs to cancer patients. Past cancer patients have donated their wigs to EBeauty, Future Professionals at Temple Partner Schools wash and style the wigs, then wigs are delivered to participating hospital partners for patients to select a wig of their choice. With Ebeauty hospital partners close to each Temple campus, school owners, Charles and Sharon Riser, will personally deliver wigs each month.
EBeauty founder Carolyn Keller, a cancer survivor, started the wig exchange program to allow other women with cancer diagnoses to still feel inspired and hold on to a sense of empowerment. Keller’s kindness has shared wigs with almost 30,000 women across the United States. Keller shares, “the primary goal of EBeauty is to provide all women, regardless of economic status or geographic location access to wigs.”
Paul Mitchell Schools offer robust educational opportunities to create excellent licensed cosmetologists while also creating responsible community leaders. In 2018, EBeauty partnered with Paul Mitchell Schools allowing campuses
across the country to volunteer to share a piece of confidence with someone quite literally in the fight of their life. Temple Annapolis immediately jumped on board with a dual purpose: serving the community and sharing wig maintenance education with all enrolled Temple Future Professionals. At the end of the lesson, each Future Professional wrote “love notes” to accompany each wig; one reading, “Soon when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad you never gave up.” Reflecting on the lesson of wig sanitation, maintenance and styling, one Temple Annapolis Future Professional shared, I have a few people in my family who have passed from cancer and my father is a cancer research nurse at Johns Hopkins for medicine studies and I myself have had a tumor removed in 2014, so this was very dear to me … I think it’s really awesome and quite amazing that the school jumped on board with EBeauty for this cause and I’m glad I got to participate.
Always an example of kindness and an advocate of giving back co-owner, Sharon, shares, “We are excited to work with EBeauty because it allows our Future Professionals to apply what they’re learning at school while simultaneously making a difference the lives of those facing the traumatic diagnoses of cancer.”