Healthy Hair Starts With A Healthy Body ®

Healthy Hair logoHealthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body™ is a community-based lay health education program which was launched in 1999.  Healthy Hair is an innovative program that strives to encourage healthy eating and physical activity, among African American women in Michigan.  The program is comprised of two components: a 30-day intervention (Phase 1) designed to increase clients' awareness of several key health improvement steps and measure their progress toward taking one or more of those steps, and a 90-day intervention (Phase 2) during which 'veteran' Healthy Hair stylists help clients track their progress toward specific health goals.

Healthy Hair lesson pictureThe Healthy Hair, Phase 1 lay health education strategy begins with the NKFM training African American hair stylists in how to discuss nutrition- and physical activity-focused chronic disease prevention strategies with their clients.  The intensive one-day training provides stylists with information about good nutrition and the importance of physical activity, as well as detailed instruction and practice in conducting client "health chats."  The health chat, which is the centerpiece of the stylist-client intervention, involves hair stylists sharing the information they learned at the training with their clients and encouraging them to improve their health by doing one or more of the following:

  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Increase consumption of whole-grain foods
  • Increase consumption of non-fat or low-fat milk or dairy products
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Stylists help clients to focus on the healthy lifestyle messages communicated during the health chats combined with educational literature.

When clients return to the salon after approximately one month, stylists have a second health chat with them to re-emphasize the above steps and assess progress to-date.  Clients complete program survey forms at each health chat so the effectiveness of the Healthy Hair intervention can be measured using a pre and post tests.

The Healthy Hair, Phase 2 program builds upon the lay health educator skill sets acquired by stylists during previous Healthy Hair, Phase 1 campaigns.  In Phase 2, 'veteran' Healthy Hair stylists assist their clients with establishing specific healthy lifestyle goals related to nutrition and physical activity. Stylists provide encouragement during a series of four health chats that take place over a three-month period. Program tools that help support clients in achieving their goals include a progress chart, nutrition and physical activity diaries, dry-erase refrigerator calendars, and monthly check-ins with their stylist.  Information provided on the progress charts is analyzed to determine the degree to which clients met their goals.  

For more information on the Healthy Hair program, call the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

Calling All Barbers & Stylists:

HH TrainingWe are always looking for interested stylists and barbers to help us improve the lives and health of our community!

Check back for updates on our next training dates. Until then, you can inquire about the Healthy Hair program in the Detroit area by calling the NKFM-Detroit Branch at 313-259-1574 or in the West Michigan area by calling the NKFM-Grand Rapids Branch at 616-458-9520.

Thank you!

Mushroom Bisque

A rich, creamy soup prepared with a medley of mushrooms.mushroom bisque
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour | Servings: 10 | Difficulty: Intermediate

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup fresh chopped onion
1 cup chopped leeks
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 3/4 lb mushrooms, sliced (shiitake, portobello, cremini, etc.)
8 cups fat free unsalted beef broth
1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/4 tsp dried)
1 cup nonfat evaporated milk
1 pinch salt (optional)
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
2 tbsp chopped parsley (for garnish)
cooking spray

1. Lightly mist a 6-quart pot with cooking spray. Add olive oil and place over low heat.
2. Add onion, leek, and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are limp, about 5 minutes.
3. Raise heat to medium-high. Add mushrooms and continue to sauté, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender, about 12 minutes.
4. Stir in broth and thyme. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.
5. In batches, puree in a food processor or blender. Return to pot and stir in evaporated milk. Season with salt (if using) and pepper. Heat through, but do not allow mixture to boil.
6. Serve in small soup bowls.

Recipe courtesy of

Healthy Hair Styling Tip

Courtesy of Robin Borders, The Shampoo Bowl, 19630 Seven Mile, Detroit, MI 48219, 313.592.8132

Secure Your Hair Nightly!
Wrap it, roll it, tie it down, or throw it in a pony tail… Stay in control of your hair. Doing this prevents your hair rubbing out against your pillow and helps to maintain your style.

Exercise Tips for Women

Lora Underwood, NKFM Enhanced Fitness instructor, had the pleasure of working with Pete Thomas, NBC’s The Biggest Loser participant and winner.  While Pete was speaking, he gave this tip to all of us:  compliment yourself--don't criticize yourself.  At his largest weight --he would look at himself and have lovely calves.  Find the positive and avoid the negative.  Your mindset is the key to any goal you want or expect to achieve.  Surround yourself with positive influences and stop-stop-stop comparing yourself to others.  Your DNA is yours and yours alone. Your New Year is Your New Year- Live and Love it to the fullest!

The information here is for educational purposes only and any use is at your own risk, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan bears no responsibility thereof.
Always consult your physician before beginning a nutritional or exercise program. Never disregard professional advice or delay seeking it.  This information is not to substitute the advice of physician, trainer, or medical professional.  Always seek professional help for medical conditions.

What are Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body & Dodge the Punch?

The Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body and Dodge the Punch programs are community based initiatives that target African-American men and women who are disproportionately affected with chronic kidney disease. The program provides one-day training for stylists and barbers to educate them about kidney disease and the primary contributors, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. After completion of the training, stylists and barbers are prepared to talk with their clients about healthy lifestyle changes and risk factors for chronic kidney disease.

What is the targeted impact of these programs on the community?

To prevent kidney disease by educating the community on the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity.. In addition, the programs facilitate positive lifestyle changes within the community; having reached 7,272 individuals since 1999.

How do I (stylist/barber) qualify to participate?

  • Contact the NKFM branch office closest to you:    
    Detroit: 313-259-1574    
    Flint: 810-232-0522    
    Grand Rapids: 616-458-9520
  • Have an interest in your health and the community you serve
  • Stylists and barbers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a licensed cosmetologist or barber
  • Have not previously participated in the program within the last 12 months. Stylists and barbers are allowed to participate in the Healthy Hair and Dodge the Punch programs once per calendar year.
  • Attend a one-day training held in the community
  • Sign an agreement committing to participate in the program

Where are one-day trainings held?

The trainings are held at NKFM regional branch offices, community centers and salons.

Are there any out-of-pocket expenses?

There are no out-of-pocket costs to you. NKFM will provide you with any information needed to participate in the Healthy Hair and Dodge the Punch programs.

Can I refer other barbers/stylists to participate in Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body?

Yes! By referring a barber or stylist who meets the requirements outlined in Question 3, you are eligible to qualify for referral compensation. The stylist or barber you refer must participate in the Healthy Hair/Dodge the Punch training, complete the program, and produce a minimum of 25 approved client conversation chats. Upon completion of the above, at the end of the campaign, you will receive compensation for the individuals you referred.