Scissors will be snipping and hair will be dropping later this month.
Between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 30, professional cosmetologists from a number of salons on Grand Cayman will come together at Eclipze’s Camana Bay location to offer a menu of hair and beauty services at reduced prices to help raise money for a good cause.
The event, now in its 18th year, was started by Eclipze owner Darla Dilbert and her sister Darna in memory of a relative who died several years previously.
“We lost our dear aunt Emily-Jane to breast cancer and we wanted to create an event that would support the fight against this terrible disease,” Darla says. “After exploring various options, we have created a fun and rewarding event that not only raises funds to fight breast cancer, but also brings awareness around the issue and benefits the community.”
In addition to the local cosmetologists providing services, two overseas professionals will join the Cut-a-Thon volunteer roster this year. New York City hairstylist Roby Powers and Miami-based make-up artist/hairstylist Douglas Rosales will both donate their time to support the event.
“Both of these gentlemen are stars in their professions and I’m delighted to have them on board to support this good cause once again,” says Darla.
The menu of services for the day includes women’s wet cuts for CI$30; men’s wet cuts for $20; children’s wet cuts for $15; mini-manicures with no polish for $18; eyebrow threading for $15; body massages between 20 and 60 minutes for $1 per minute; chair massages between 5 and 15 minutes for $1 per minute; and reflexology between 15 and 30 minutes for $2 per minute.
In addition to the money raised through the donated services, Darla says there’s a second way to give.
“We call it ‘Cuts for a Cause,’” she says. “A number of volunteers have come forward and committed to either cutting at least 10 inches of their hair or to having their head shaved. Each of these volunteers will then seek sponsors in an effort to raise at least $1,000 each to support the cause.”
The funds generated from the event are given to The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, Darla says.
“They use the funds to help breast cancer patients who are unable to help themselves financially,” she says. “Last year’s Cut-a-Thon raised more than $17,000. We hope to match this or raise even more this year.”