Salon Advice

Boston's beauty parlors are giving new meaning to the adage "only your hairdresser knows for sure." Because women talk freely to their hairdressers, the Boston Women's AIDS Information Project has trained more than 50 stylists from a dozen inner-city salons to educate their clients about the disease. Participating salons dispense educational material and condoms as well as anti-AIDS advice. About 10 percent of Americans with AIDS are women; almost three quarters of them are black or Hispanic.