The Hollywood Beauty Salon is a tiny beauty parlor tucked inside the Germantown Recovery Community, a mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia.
The salon is not open to the public, but serves a small clientele in profound ways. Men and women undergoing treatment for mental illness gather here to have their hair done, share stories, and support each other as they rebuild their lives.
Philadelphia-based filmmaker Glenn Holsten will premiere his documentary about the Hollywood Beauty Salon Thursday at the Kimmel Center. He spoke with WHYY’s Dave Heller about the project, along with salon principal and psychiatric health practitioner Rachel “Hollywood” Carr-Timms and Darlene Holmes Malone, who appears in the film.