By Eric Famechon, President, Cosmecare Group International The Cosmecare Group was created 15 years ago in France, merging a variety of companies revolving around the hair care industry. It’s been my passion and genuine desire to help men and women affected by alopecia and baldness, a desire passed on to me by my father, Francis Famechon. The group manages several global companies such as hair cosmetics manufacturing, a hair replacement distribution company, hair centers specializing in hair loss treatment and in-salon treatments, hair transplant clinic and a communication and marketing company. Four years ago, the group opened a new subsidiary, Cosmecare USA. I want to share some candid feedback on how I’ve maintained business continuity and planned for recovery through the COVID-19 crisis. What impact has COVID-19 had on your company? COVID-19 was a disaster for the whole industry, the entire supply chain has been put to the test. It has affected everyone from manufacturing to distribution, even to the final customer. During the lockdown we had delivery delays up to six months for our most requested items. Acknowledging that the crisis may not be over quickly, we focused all on stock optimization, new commercial arrangements to help to secure future supply, and developed a new models of hair pieces to generate a new source of income. This allows us to keep stable turnover in European market and even increase sales in both North and South American markets. All distributors have mobilized, but only companies that found the agility, flexibility and stable relationships with multiple factories can [...]
By Jackie Yu, President, HEH, Hair Art The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the salon and personal care industry harder than almost any other. The financial losses are said to be in the billions, and there have been staggering job losses in the industry across the board. For those lucky enough to still have an active client list (common with hair loss experts due to skill levels and loyal client bases), you are probably noticing you can’t reliably get human hair pieces and wigs as we did before the pandemic. It’s not just salons and stylists that have been disrupted. One of the staples for hair loss professionals, the human wig and hairpiece industry have also been hit deeply with supply chain issues and manufacturing problems along with human hair shortages. With 40-plus years in the high-end wig and human hair piece industry based in California, I’ve seen how we arrived in this situation and what 2021 is going to look like. North Americans love wigs! We are the world’s largest consumer, which accounts for over 62% of the global share. China is the No. 1 wig exporter. They account for more than 70% of the global supply. In 2019, China exported 67,000 tons of wig products, valued around $3.59 billion. This drastically decreased in 2020 due to the pandemic, but prices kept rising, especially the raw materials of wigs and high quality hair ventilation work., which is the process of hand weaving hair into wig caps. In the 1970s and ‘80s, most hand-tied wigs and [...]
A year into a global pandemic, we are seeing signs of hope. We are surviving, adapting and thriving.
A Year into a Global Pandemic, We are Seeing Signs of Hope. We are Surviving, Adapting and Thriving. By Kelly Carson, AHLC Editorial Consultant It’s been a year – a year of uncertainty and fear of the unknown as the world came to grips with the novel coronavirus, the disease that causes COVID-19. We’ve faced quarantines and tight regulations on our businesses. We’ve faced economic hardships as cities and states closed our doors. But a year later, we’ve survived. We’ve adapted. And we’ve thrived. Many in the industry have gone above and beyond to help clients navigate the health crisis and receive the services and treatments they need. Others have developed a new understanding of their clients needs after contracting COVID-19 and suffering its associated hair loss. Christal Mercier, President and founder of Hair Dreams by Christal Inc. in Missouri City, Texas, is a COVID-19 survivor who says she’s personally experienced the full range of emotional trauma. “I lost 70% of my hair from COVID. While I always had compassion for my hair loss clients, this gave me a new outlook and extreme empathy for what hair loss sufferers go through,” Mercier said. “Now I now know first-hand what it is like. Losing my hair made me more determined to change peoples lives, one hair addition style at a time.” In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Gallery of Salons Rescue Team launched to serve hurricane refugees who were living in area shelters. “Right after Hurricane Harvey, a group of different salon owners [...]