In the professional hair industry, it is commonly acknowledged that all companies – big and small alike – believe that education is the key to their success. Seminars and shows didn’t even stop during the pandemic, instead they found a way to survive through online platforms, giving those working in our industry a true sense of hope and support.
We could quote many examples, but today we want to talk about an outstanding effort to drive forward younger generations of hairdressers through high-quality education.
It is a dream come true for eight Cleveland students who received life-changing news last November when they were awarded full scholarships to local barber schools inside the innovative program, “Fade It Forward”.
The eight full scholarships were awarded thanks to Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Professional Division. Students will be attending classes at Keratin Barber College and Allstate Barber College in Cleveland. Industry professionals will mentor the students to reinforce the hard work and dedication needed to achieve success in this competitive industry. s
As a former homeless vet whose life was transformed by his barbering career, Garland “G Whiz” Fox personally welcomed the thrilled recipients into the Wahl family at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “I can’t think of a more deserving group,” says Fox. “Each student is a story of perseverance. They show up every day, not only for themselves but to improve the lives of their families and community.”
Lance Wahl, Global Vice President of Professional Products, Wahl Clipper Corporation, added: “I have no doubt these youth will make their families extremely proud,” “We can’t wait to see how they progress and grow in their careers.”
This is the third city where the Fade It Forward program has made its mark, after its debut in Chicago in 2018, and expanding to St. Louis last year. Wahl Professional hopes to Fade It Forward to more youth in another community soon.
“Everything about this program is heartfelt. We are a family. Wahl is a family-owned company. And we are about community,” said Fox.