The program consists of one or two 4-6-hour workshops with hands-on hair education. Each session is treated like a special event, with food and beverages, free hair care products and training.
Over the course of the sessions, participants learn about their hair texture and porosity, how to care for and style their hair; which type of products work best for them; and they actually wash and style their hair, learning a new style at each session.
Once a student has completed the program, she can participate in an ongoing support group that meets quarterly and will continue to receive social media support via an Instagram blog.
ME, MYSELF & MINE – Fostering Mental Health through Personal Grooming and Cultural Pride
Community Now’s “Me, Myself & Mine Natural Hair Education” is an empowerment program of self-awareness and pride in kinky curly hair. Some people may wonder what hair care has to do with mental health. But every woman knows that moment when something goes wrong with her hair and how it affects the way she feels about herself. Children with kinky curly hair have particular challenges. The goal of Me, Myself & Mine (MMM) is to develop hair care education and
workshops in Southern California that promote personal happiness and self-esteem, creating self-awareness and pride in curly and kinky-curly hair care.
Me, Myself & Mine promotes mental health by reducing the negative feelings and experiences that foster youth have when it comes to caring and maintaining their curly and kinky curly hair.
This program focuses on minority youth in the foster care system. Since many foster parents do not share the ethnic background of the children in their care, they lack the experience to properly care for and style the child’s hair. By educating foster parents and youth on proper hair care and maintenance, this program builds resilience and lifts self-esteem, enhancing the positive foster family experience by increasing the personal connection.
African American children represent 15% of open foster care cases and 17% of foster care placements in Riverside County. Most of these children do not know how to take care of their hair and feel insecure about their personal appearance and value. This means children, who may already feel out of place and “different,” go to school embarrassed about their appearance and have no idea how to change it. This creates mental stress that can lower self-esteem, cause a sense of social isolation, self-hatred and other risk factors that lead to acting out through truancy, drinking, illegal drug use and may ultimately lead a child to drop out of school or harm herself in some way.
Contact us to schedule your workshop.