How to Give Back for the Holidays

With all that’s happened in the past few months, there’s no denying that this year has been overwhelming. Now with the holiday season coming up and people still feeling stressed about the future, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about giving back to the community!

Not sure what you can do to make a difference this time of year while also staying safe in 2020? Whether you want to do something small or spend a big part of your holiday season helping others, there are plenty of things you can do to give back. Check out our list for some inspiration!

Toys for Tots

This popular charity run by the U.S Marine Corps is committed to helping children receive gifts that they wouldn’t be able to have otherwise. The growth of this organization means that people can easily donate toys from wherever they are in the country like right here in California! Because of everything that’s happening in 2020, Toys for Tots has made it even easier to donate this year. All you have to do to help is go on their website and click on a toy you would like to donate and they’ll be able to give a child whatever you choose. Now you can make a difference virtually and avoid any unnecessary crowds!

children toys in a basket

Donate for Disaster Relief

Unfortunately, this year has had a lot of events that have affected families across the world. From the wildfires here in California to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of families who are still struggling with everything that’s happened. An easy way to give back this holiday season would be to donate to an organization that’s dedicated to helping those people get back on their feet. The Red Cross is a great example of where you can donate and know that your money is going toward helping those who most need it.

Help Your Local Food Bank

Because of COVID-19, it’s even more important to think about what you can do to help out our local food bank. Many families are struggling because of the pandemic and food banks need more help than ever. Of course, you should only do what you feel comfortable doing and keep your health in mind. Food banks are still accepting volunteers for people who want to sort food, help at pantries, or deliver food to families in quarantine. If you don’t want to risk being around too many people, you can always help your local food bank by donating food or money.

food box for donation

Donate More Than Food

It’s great to donate food to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or women’s shelters. But there are other things you can help out with, especially with all the shortages that have happened in 2020. Toilet paper, sanitary items, hand sanitizer, and soap are some examples of items you can donate. Find out what you can spare and make a plan for where you’re going to donate each item so you can help out as many people as possible.

Start a Fundraiser

Is there an issue that you feel particularly passionate about? You can start your own fundraiser to help raise money for a cause you want to give back to this holiday season. Share what organization you’re going to donate to so people can find out more about it before helping you reach your goal. It’s the perfect way to raise money for your favorite cause while also raising awareness for it!

How You Can Give Back

These are a great starting point for giving back this holiday season and there are even more ways you can safely help others in 2020. If you have any more questions about how you can help out the community, make sure to reach out to your local organizations. We can’t wait to see the impact you all make this time of year!

5 Hairstyles to Try in 2021

This year has been a lot. With the end of 2020 approaching, we’re looking even more forward to working toward a fresh start with the new year. And of course, one of our favorite ways to make a change is through trying out a new hairstyle! If you’re getting ready to switch things up in 2021, there are plenty of new hair trends to get you in the spirit. Check out our list to help give you some ideas!


Not sure if you’re ready to commit to any drastic changes? Braids are the perfect way to change your hair without doing anything permanent. From french to fishtail, there are plenty of different styles to try so you don’t get bored with one look. At the end of the day, you’ll still have your same hair length and color and can try out something different tomorrow!

woman wearing braids

Money Piece

For those who are looking to change up their hairstyle, the money piece is a great one to help you get started. But what does this hair color look like? A money piece is when you add a brighter frame of color around the front of your hair. We love this balayage technique and think it’s the perfect way to give your hair a pop of color while adding in some dimensions. The best part is that you don’t have to spend as much time or money with this style since it’s dedicated to just the front part of your hair!

woman with highlighted hair by face

Natural Curls

The popularity of embracing your natural curls has been growing for a few years and 2021 isn’t going to slow it down! Benefits like gorgeous texture and volume are some of the reasons why we can’t get enough of this hair trend. Plus, owning your natural curls can also help a ton with your hair’s health. Your locks can only take so much of the heat that comes from straightening every day. With this style, not only will you look incredible but you can also avoid heat damage, split ends, and other issues.

woman with naturally curly hair


Like braids, there are plenty of options to choose from after deciding you want to rock some bangs in 2021. Curtain, wispy, and cropped are a few choices you can pick. It’s up to you to find one that matches your unique style. Remember to take into account your hair type and length or any other factors that could help you find the perfect one for your hair. It’s even a good idea to ask your stylist for advice! After all, they’re trained to study the latest trends and help clients find out which look is right for them. Bangs can take a long time to regrow so it’s important to think about which one you really want before committing.

woman with bangs wearing sunglasses

Choppy Layers

If you’re wondering how to give your hair more dimension, one of the best ways to do that is by getting layers. While there are a lot of great styles to choose from, one of our favorite ones is the choppy layered look. We especially love this style when it’s paired with some bangs that sweep across your forehead. Another advantage of choppy layers is that it looks great with whatever length you decide. Long, short, or even in between with a lob will look amazing with this edgy style.

woman with choppy hair layers

Ready for Your New Look?

Now that you know more about some of the big hair trends for 2021, it’s time to come in for a visit and get ready for the new year. In our student salon, we’re taking extra precautions to make sure that everyone can get the style they want while staying safe.

Want to know how you can perform these styles yourself and help others gain confidence with a new hairstyle. Learn more about our cosmetology program where we teach all about the latest trends and more exciting lessons! Contact us to find out more.