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TRESemmé® Future Stylist Fund Information

Our Future Stylists Fund

TRESemmé knows that when women lead the way, everyone benefits. However, there are many systemic barriers that stand in the way of women advancing in their careers –especially for Black women--within the haircare industry. From difficulty identifying a stylist fluent in styling textured hair to a lack of education in cosmetology school, there are no shortage of challenges for Black women sitting in the styling seat or standing behind it.

TRESemmé conducted two national studies on hair biases and uncovered that stylists lack education and training when it comes to styling and caring for textured, curly, and coily hair types. This has led to an overwhelming number of Black women (86%) who have reported challenges when it comes to consistent, quality haircare at salons, including difficulty finding a stylist who could care for their type/texture of hair and even outright discrimination or bias due to their hair type.1

Surveyed stylists agree that education is the top growth driver that would help them advance in their career (40%) and three in four stylists (75%) wish they had more training in how to style Black hair2.

Every woman, regardless of hair type, deserves to have access and feel confident that they will receive quality hair care at every appointment. This is why TRESemmé is making it its mission to help further the education, training and development of burgeoning hair professionals, while also investing in representation of Black female stylists through the TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund.

This annual, by-application program is an extension of our ongoing commitment to advocate for representation and equity of hairstylists in the professional industry. To apply, applicants must be planning to enroll in, are currently enrolled in and/or recently admitted to an accredited cosmetology school. This program is exclusively available for Black women and non-binary individuals who are 18+ years old and based in the U.S. Official rules and regulations from the 2020 program can be found here.

The Future Stylists Fund is just the beginning, we are in this for the long haul and will continue to look at ways we can expand our commitments in the years to come.



TRESemme Future Stylist's Fund is funding $100,000 annually to aspiring Black female hairstylists to help offset the cost of cosmetology school.


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The Selection Process

For 70 years, we have been fortunate to work with a diverse variety of thought leaders in the beauty and fashion industry. These strong partnerships led us to develop our official Selection Committee—a powerhouse group of female leaders in the beauty and fashion industry known for their dedication to advancing women and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Alongside our Selection Committee, we reviewed applications and selected 10 winners.

Meet the Selection Committee

Ursula Stephen


Ursula Stephen: Celebrity hairstylist and Unilever partner

Abrima Erwiah


Abrima Erwiah: Cofounder, Director of Studio One Eighty Nine and Faculty at Parsons School of Design

Rebecca Minkoff


Rebecca Minkoff: Fashion Designer and Co-Founder of the Freedom Founder Collective

Leyna Bloom


Leyna Bloom: Actress, Model, Activist and TRESemmé partner

Sandrine Charles


Sandrine Charles: Founder, Owner of Sandrine Charles Consulting and Co-founder of the Black in Fashion Council

Esi Eggleston Bracy


Esi Eggleston Bracey: EVP and COO Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever NA


1 Results are based on a survey of 1000 Black women (ages 18+) in the United States. KRC Research fielded the survey from October 15 through 22, 2020.

Results are based on a survey of 500 professional hair stylists who serve at least 50% women in the United States. KRC Research fielded the survey from October 15 through 27, 2020.