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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Holiday Gift Ideas || charity edition

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By Andrea Claire · December 13, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

It is the season to give and if you are stuck on what to get that special someone why not give them the gift of helping others? Wondering how you would wrap a donation? Simply get a nice card and print out the 'about us' page or receipt from the charity. You could make a homemade card with the help of your children so they learn the very best about giving from the heart and helping others.


Room to Read 

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.



RiverKids has many programs which include their Bootstraps scholarships that help women commit to vocational training by sponsoring training fees and income replacement so they can concentrate on their training and new jobs. They have seen more than 60 women already graduated into safe jobs in hairdressing, housekeeping, cooking and sewing. We have a waiting list of women eager for a second chance.It’s always easier to face the future with friends. The women from Bootstraps are drawn from our Helping Hands clubs. We now have two clubs for young women aged 16 and up who are involved in the sex trade, one club for those with children and one for single sex workers.Gently supported by volunteers and social workers, the Helping Hands Clubs bring them together to talk and bond. Outings to fun places like the waterpark or behind-the-scenes at a restaurant give them a chance to be ordinary young women and see new opportunities. Thanks to the friendships they’ve formed, they have the support they need to succeed in Bootstraps.

joinFITE is an active philanthropy platform, powered by Kiva.org and championed by Dermalogica, that connects you to women entrepreneurs who need a hand up. By providing women access to small loans [micro-finance], they are able to start or grow a business, bettering themselves, their families, and their communities. joinFITE is a fun and easy way for you to help another when you activate a donation from our partners.

joinFITE is focused on investing in women because we agree with thought leaders like the World Bank and Kofi Annan, that women are tremendous, untapped investments that yield huge returns for entire communities. When a woman develops her own sustainable business, not only does she improve her own situation – but her entire community benefits through a multiplier effect of change.

And yet, investments in women are not yet being made. Women are traditionally more likely to be denied a loan by a bank and often face high levels of financial discrimination. We see tremendous potential to make a significant impact by filling this gap between what women can do and what women need.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

*You can donate hair or cash.

Feel free to share links of other charities below.

How to: Short hair updo

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By Andrea Claire · June 22, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Have you ever had a function to go to, lacked funds to hire a pro? Or just wanted to coif your own 'do?

This week on Glam Up! I show you just that!

The key to any updo is to think about your hair in sections: isolate your areas! Here I started at the nap and braided to give the illusion of an upsweep. The braid acts as an anchor for the complete style as well as gives it a little interest.

Next I pulled the hair back and twisted it. Where the twist is you will see a seam. Pin there. Cross your pins in an 'X', especially for stubborn hair which then locks it all in place.

Want to see this in action? More tips? Watch it here on Glam Up!

What's Glam Up!? Tip driven beauty segments hosted by me on YAHOO! to make your DIY beauty a little easier. Copy or inspire to create your own looks.

Hoping for a makeover show? Yeah, me too *wink* but Glam Up! Is strictly tips.

See me in makeover action here and where I recently chopped off lovely Ashley's hair for Locks of Love.

Want to see something specific? Leave me a comment below and I'll share it with my producer maybe you will see your question answered on Glam Up!

Update: Are you two left hands when it comes to tying the trendy turban? Click here for another short hair how-to with the turban trend.

Ponytail CHOPPED! Donate your hair to Locks of Love

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By Andrea Claire · May 4, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Brave Ashley came to see me yesterday for a haircut. She was open to change. I had suggested a collarbone length, choppy, razor-ed, fun cut! But then a brainstorm happened! How about sending a ponytail to Locks of Love, an organization who takes hair for children in need of wigs?

"Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need."

I know I called her 'Brave Ashley' but she didn't need any convincing; when you are doing a good thing for others it's easy to follow through.

Reading through the criteria from Locks of Love I am corrected by one thing I tell everyone. I had said 'hair needs to be 100% virgin hair, meaning untouched by any chemical process.'

Correction: Your hair can have some chemical processes. Read to know  more tips via Locks of Love on how to donate your hair.

Secure the hair at the base and tie the ends. Chop! A minimum length of 10 inches is needed.

*See previous before and afters that I have done on TV here.

**I am trying to gently PUSH for a makeover show in Singapore. Come on production companies! I have ideas, experience and scissors! ;)

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