How does beauty change lives? The Beauty Changes Lives Blog answers that question by showcasing how beauty professionals and ordinary “civilians” are using beauty to benefit individuals and communities around the globe. The blog, located at (click on the blog tab), is an extension of the Beauty Changes Lives initiative launched by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools in 2010. The initiative raises awareness of careers in the beauty industry and provides beauty school scholarships.

The Beauty Changes Lives Blog is a forum where anyone with a passion for beauty can converse, collaborate, and inspire others. A team of guest authors — including beauty bloggers, salon and spa professionals, and students — share first-person stories of transformation, giving back, and inspiring others.

The blog seeks feedback from individuals within and beyond the beauty industry, says Beauty Changes Lives spokeswoman Jenn Lyles. “Beauty professionals touch every facet of the world. Cut-a-thons benefitting children’s programs, domestic violence prevention initiatives, and complimentary services for hospitalized patients are just some of the ways beauty professionals give back. We want to hear from those who serve and those who are served by beauty professionals,” she says. Individuals can submit their stories to