Got gloves? Then you can help the NHS

Due to shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE), many frontline NHS workers are battling against COVID-19 without adequate protection. This is how hairdressers can help…

Matthew Sockalingum, Most Wanted Award for Innovation winner in 2016, is calling on his fellow salon owners to donate stock to help the NHS.

Hairdressers, beauty salons, spas, tattoo shops, and even private hospitals and clinics can donate their PPE by simply dropping off at a local hub, straight through the letterbox. Local authorities will then be able to come and collect the PPE from the hubs and distribute within the community and onto the NHS.

Matthew realised the extent of the shortage when on a group call with nursing home owners. “It was heartbreaking to hear,” says Matthew. “They just don’t have enough masks and gloves available to keep themselves and their clients safe. We have to work as a community to help people in this situation. They’ve reached out to local hair and beauty salons to donate gloves and asked me if anything I could do to help.”

In order to get enough for everyone who needs them around the country, Matthew is now looking to set up the Drop Off Hubs, at least one in each town, where people can donate PPE. To make this work, Matthew is creating two lists – one for those able to host a Drop Off Hub, and another for those who can donate equipment.

To sign up to become a Drop Off Hub, click here.

To sign up to donate PPE, click here.

To donate to the crowdsourcing fund, click here


How brands are helping

The hairdressing community is pulling together to help the local community and the NHS in any way possible. L’Oréal UK & Ireland has unveiled a huge plan to donate more than half a million hygiene products and hand sanitisers to frontline healthcare workers in UK and Ireland. This includes:

400,000 hygiene and care products to frontline healthcare workers: in partnership with In Kind Direct and Blue Light Card, it will provide 400,000 body wash, hand creams, conditioner, shampoo and skincare products to hospital workers in the UK and Ireland. This includes products from Baxter of California, Kérastase, Redken and Matrix

100,000 hand sanitisers to support NHS and HSE

10,000 examination gloves to the London Ambulance Service

300,000 free bottles of new Garnier Pure Active Hand Sanitiser Gel to essential retail staff working at Boots, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Irish retailer Dunnes Stores

The company is also supporting small businesses by freezing the payments of its most vulnerable very small and small-sized customers in its distribution network, including hair salons, until their businesses resume. Additionally, L’Oréal UK and Ireland has shortened its payment times for small suppliers who have been most exposed to this economic crisis.

Wella Professionals is donating 110,000 pairs of gloves throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition, it has gathered an incredible 7,300 shampoos and conditioners from Wella Care, Nioxin, System Professional, Sebastian Professional, Sassoon Professional and Kadus Professional to support staff working in hospitals.

It is part of a global initiative where Wella Professionals is sharing supplies with hospitals around the world. “We are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and medical teams out there who are helping fight this awful pandemic. We want to help however we can, and this is a small gesture from Wella Professionals to show our love and support,” said Coty Professional Beauty general manager, Nick van Holstein.

Denroy, sister company to cult brush brand Denman International, has switched much of its production to producing the Hero Shield to support NHS and healthcare workers across the country and the world.

The Hero Shield is a visor designed to protect healthcare workers from Covid-19 when treating infected patients. Denroy Group is only one of a select group of manufacturers currently assembling the Hero Shield ready to be shipped to hospitals and clinics in the UK and around the world.


Henkel, the group behind Schwarzkopf Professional, has donated €2 million to the WHO/UN Foundation Covid-19 fund, alongside 5 million units of personal and household hygiene products, and its plants is now switching to produce much needed disinfectants.

The UK Beauty Care Professional team arranged donations of more than 18,000 Schwarzkopf Professional products to four NHS hospitals in the UK and Ireland.  University Hospital Coventry, Princess Royal University Hospital Farnborough, Kings College Hospital London and St James Hospital Dublin all received thousands of hair care and styling products as a small thank you for their efforts.  The team is lining up more NHS hospitals to donate to over the coming weeks.

Revlon has partnered with TheBeautyUnited to help raise immediate funds and donate personal care products to support healthcare workers, including donations from Revlon Professional and American Crew.

The 60-salon strong Headmasters has donated up to £8,000 worth of professional shampoo and conditioners from its salons to British Vogue Hands On Appeal 2020 to support the NHS and London Ambulance Service.

For more information on how you can help donate to the NHS, click here.