Beautifying for a Cause: Costa Mesa Academy Partners with Assistance League

One of our favorite ways to see our TONI&GUY-taught skills used is to benefit of great cause. Earlier this month, the Costa Mesa TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy partnered with Assistance League of Newport-Mesa for a fashion show fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.


Assistance League is a national organization with chapters throughout the country whose mission is to help children and families in the community through philanthropic programs. Their philanthropic work is completely self-funded through grants, endowments, proceeds from the organization’s on-site shops and fundraising events like the fashion show that took place at the Balboa Bay Resort on Sunday, November 6.

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The fashion show was set up as a luncheon for the parents and students associated with the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The event was themed around bohemian style to match the clothing that was showcased on the runway. Along with a variety of casual trendy looks, the fashion show also included a bridal runway segment featuring four stunning wedding gowns. The TONI&GUY cosmetology school's student hair and makeup team created a variety of looks for the show including flowing, effortless beach waves, Dutch braids and natural, nude makeup looks to compliment the clothing and overall theme of the fashion show.

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This event provided the Costa Mesa students with a new opportunity to explore different looks on different models, which helps to broaden their knowledge and skills for working on different hair types, face shapes and skin tones. 

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“Assistance League Fashion show has been a wonderful experience,” said student Breanna Valdez. “I was on the makeup team. It was good to get an opportunity to work on different complexions and eye shapes.”

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The students worked behind the scenes to get each model runway ready and the results were simply stunning. It is truly impressive to see the incredible work that our students are able to achieve even before they have completed their program at the academy.

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These types of events are great experiences for our academy students. Not only are they able to see the world of cosmetology outside of the salon floor, but they are able to experience the fast paced environment of working on a fashion show. It provides our future hairdressers with an outlet to explore new possibilities in their career, which is something TONI&GUY strongly emphasizes through our cosmetology school curriculum.

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We are proud to partner with organizations like the Assistance League that are dedicated to our same mission of giving back to our communities. It is an honor to have our academies participate in philanthropic causes and allow our students the opportunity to use their talents to benefit others.

To learn more about the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa and their efforts to support the community, find more information here!