What is Fade It Forward®?

Fade It Forward® is a grassroots scholarship and mentoring program designed to assist at-risk youth in under-resourced communities become barbers and potential entrepreneurs. Selected applicants are awarded full or partial barber school scholarships. They are then partnered with barber mentors who are successful in the industry and their communities.

The Best Way to Give Back is to Focus on the Future.

At Wahl Professional we believe our customers are our best resource for growing this program nationwide. The program currently serves four cities: Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, and San Diego. With your help, we’ll put more barbers behind more chairs than we thought possible.

We are looking for, and accepting applications for, the 20 best barber schools in the country to join the current cities and expand the program. If you know of a great barber school in your community that fits the mission of “Fade it Forward®” please send us their contact info or invite them to apply here.

Wahl Fade it Forward® Comes to Cleveland!

Fade it Forward® launched in 2018
...and we just keep growing!


Current cities with schools

Chicago, Cleveland, San Diego, St. Louis


Scholarships Awarded


20 Planned Schools By 2023



Scholarships Awarded

Since 2018


Check out our Fade It Forward® videos and the news coverage we have received about how we are helping students realize their dreams of becoming professional barbers.

By participating, you’ll be the first to know about Fade It Forward® updates, new products, techniques, and people leading the industry right now.


The barber industry is experiencing a triumphant resurgence that’s here to stay. If you’re excited about the industry’s possibilities, subscribe for the latest information and find out how you can help shape its future.

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