For those in search of a quick trim or manicure, Eclipze’s annual Cut-A-Thon provides the opportunity to help others while changing your look.

Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa is holding its 16th Annual Cut-A-Thon in aid of breast cancer awareness on Oct. 23, and is offering cuts for a fraction of the normal price.

The event runs from 2-6 p.m. and takes place at Eclipze in Suite 6103-D, 10 Market Street, Camana Bay.

How it began

The event evolved from family tragedy, when more than 16 years ago Darla and Darna Dilbert, Eclipze owners at the time, lost an aunt to breast cancer. They decided to use their skills in cosmetology to create a fun and rewarding event that could benefit breast cancer awareness, and the Cut-A-Thon was created. Other salon and spa professionals were invited to take part.

This year’s volunteers include those from Focus, Renaissance, Spa Esprit and Privé Beauty Studio, as well as from Eclipze. They will be offering such services as wet cuts for men, women and children, mini manicures, eyebrow threading and massages at a discounted price.

Supporters watch Gordon “Aaron” McLaughlin go for the chop.
Supporters watch Gordon “Aaron” McLaughlin go for the chop.


The service menu for the day lists huge savings, and all for a good cause. Women’s wet cuts are $26; men’s wet cuts are $20; and children’s wet cuts are $15.
Mini manicures are offered for $18; eyebrow threading for $15; and massages for $1 a minute.

In an effort to raise even more money, volunteers Aimee Bothwell, Victoria Powery, Shakira Perera, Cynthia Powell, Vianna Cuevas-Ebanks and Anupama Adupa will cut at least 10 inches off their hair, to be donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Priyani Renukanthi had her head shaved last year.
Priyani Renukanthi had her head shaved last year.


Men are also getting involved this year, as part of a sponsored wax. Male volunteers, including Theon McCoy, Joey Avary and Nic Corsetti have agreed to a back or chest wax.

These volunteers, in both the haircut and wax, hope to raise a minimum of $1,000 through sponsorship, and other volunteers are encouraged to join the effort.

“It’s a fantastic atmosphere on the day,” said Darla Dilbert, owner and artistic director at Eclipze. “Everyone is here to show their support for the charity, and many have their hair cut in memory of relatives and friends. We welcome all to come on down to see us – no appointment necessary. Last year we raised over $13,000 for the charity and we aim to beat that this year. It is a great feeling to know that you could be helping to save someone’s life.”

All proceeds go to The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Fund to help provide education on early detection, and mammograms for men and women who are otherwise unable to afford them.

Donations can be made to Cayman National Bank at accounts KYD 01248649 or USD 02230883; given to the volunteers directly; or brought to Eclipze before or on the day of the Cut-A-Thon.

For info, email [email protected] or call Anneka or Darla at 945-1188 or 916-7274.