The hair, beauty and wellness guru—and photographer—travelled to Kenya to focus his philanthropic eye on a photography book benefiting a worthy cause.
For Ray Civello, water is not merely a substance used in the beautifying process in his hair salons, but he has learned firsthand how it can change a single life and transform entire communities.
The hair, beauty and wellness guru—and photographer—travelled to Kenya with WaterAid Canada, the charity organization whose mission is to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to people living in some of the poorest regions of the world. (An estimated 900 children five and younger die each day around the world as a result of unsafe water.) Civello took a series of soulful portraits of children facing this plight, and his photos are published in the book, One Life, with all proceeds benefitting the organization.
“We know water is fundamental for humanity,” says the 60-year-old. “But education on hygiene is equally important as providing the water.”
This marks the philanthropist’s second such endeavour, previously publishing a book of portraits from India.
Celebrated for his hairdressing, Civello has parlayed his entrepreneurial spirit into an empire that at the time of publication includes 11 salons and the operation of 16 Aveda retail stores in North America.
He fell into the business almost on a lark. Following the advice of a friend, who worked in a hair salon and told him it was a great place to meet girls, he promptly enrolled in hairdressing school, he says laughing. It was still the era of the hairstylist as Lothario, thanks to Warren Beatty and the movie Shampoo.
Jacket, Dries van Noten; scarf, Shanhai tang; pants, Prada; shoes, Dolce & Gabanna.
Jacket, Helmut Lang; shirt, Paul Smith; sneakers, Acne Studio.