Salon-based Programs

Black Pearls
The Black Pearls program provides health education on screening, prevention and management of chronic health conditions to stylists and customers, reaching women in salons in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. In 2006, the Institute replicated this award-winning program in Philadelphia.

Soul Sense of Beauty
The Soul Sense of Beauty project trained hair stylists in Brooklyn salons to be breast health advocates through the delivery of breast health messages to their customers.

The Langeloth Foundation funded a three-year initiative  to increase  access to community health services for previously incarcerated individuals and their families. This program will be conducted in beauty salons and barbershops. Sharing project findings with prison professionals in discharge planning will assist them in  preparing prisoners for re-entry.

The United Way of New York City funded the Institute to develop a HIV/AIDS curriculum to train stylists to deliver HIV/AIDS risk reduction messages to their customers. The curriculum was informed from information gathered through surveys from stylists and customers on HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs, as well as through focus groups with stylists and members of the Institute's Health & Beauty Council.