Schwarzkopf Professional charity Shaping Futures returns to the Philippines for their tenth anniversary


Schwarzkopf Professional’s charitable initiative, Shaping Futures, which supports vulnerable young people by teaching them the life skills of hairdressing, is celebrating its tenth birthday this year, as it prepares to return to the Philippines in April with a new group of UK volunteers.

The intrepid group of hairdressers will spend the next two months fundraising and preparing for the trip of a lifetime. The group will travel to Lipa City, outside the country’s capital Manila, to teach up to 25 young people.

Meryl and her family—2018 Shaping Futures participants.

UK ambassador for Shaping Futures, Janet Maitland said: “We’re over the moon to be heading back to the Philippines and cannot wait to start teaching these incredible young people skills which will change their lives.

“Last year was our first Shaping Futures trip to the country and we were blown away by the dedication each student showed to their studies and the respect they had for hairdressing as a career.

“Every student who took part in the 2018 initiative was offered a training or employment contract through David’s Salons, a multi-salon business which operates across the Philippines, and we’re hoping for the same again this year.”

The group will spend a total of six weeks teaching the young people and each pair of volunteers will spend two weeks teaching, before handing over to the next.

Schwarzkopf Professional’s Kay Brady said: “Shaping Futures was launched ten years ago to give disadvantaged young people a second chance at life. We know that hairdressing is a skill you acquire for life and by teaching these young people, who have experienced poverty and loss, we are able to transform their lives for the absolute better. Thanks to SOS Children’s Villages and David’s Salons for partnering with us,  we cannot wait for the 2019 Shaping Futures year to start!”

The group will have their first training session in Durham on March 4, where they’ll get to meet each other for the first time.

Shaping Futures is a global initiative run by Schwarzkopf Professional and supported by the Fritz Henkel Stiftung. Each year volunteer hairdressers from across the globe are partnered with SOS Children’s Villages, where they spend several weeks transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people through hairdressing.



Keely Passmore – Janet Maitland Hair Excellence

Rachelle Summerson-Wright – The Junkyard Creative

Diana Carson – Rainbow Room International

Laura Kerr – Rainbow Room International

Rachel Kirk – Brassy2Sassyy

Amber Small – Coloured Soul

Troy Boyd – Anthony John

Daishia Holmes – Lewis Moore


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