Repurposing Your Extra Material By Roberta Kozel, Salon IAOMO, Pittsburgh, PA How do you customize a hair hat, turban and other head coverings with bang or accent hair? Start with blended synthetic hair that has been permanently attached to a 100% cotton baseball cap, creating a ready-to-wear hair fashion. This process gives an illusion of a full head of hair by adding pieces to give it a bang or an all-around hair look. By strategically customizing stock pieces we save scrap pieces to repurpose for the hair accent strategy. Those scrap pieces are attached to the inside of the baseball cap, turban, or head covering and styled to a client’s preference. Each piece is stitched by hand to the head covering.
By Stacey M. Handel, AHLC Certified Master, Garde Bien Salon, Inc. Knoxville, TN Keepsakes are mementos from the heart and represent something deeply cared for. While many people save photos or clothing such as wedding gowns and team jerseys or baby teeth, more than 60% of parents save hair from their child. Parents make a big event of the first haircut by taking photos, videos and then save the hair in a frame or baby book. My mother saved a ponytail from my childhood, which is in safekeeping. Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for test results, praying for good news and fearing a diagnosis that will create a disruption in your life. Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating. Being told chemotherapy is the recommended treatment plan, a woman can be flooded with emotions of fear, anger and depression. Surprisingly, only minutes after absorbing the news of having a deadly disease a woman will ask, “Will I lose my hair?” “Losing your hair is an outwardly, obvious sign that you’re sick,” said one woman. “In addition to the unwanted attention, the thought of losing my hair made me feel more sadness than the thought of losing my breasts. It may sound silly, but many women and men who have faced a cancer diagnosis will understand what I mean. It’s pretty devastating and usually one of the first things you as a patient, see cancer taking from you.” Although a cancer patient copes with doctor appointments, infusions, sudden changes in their body, aches and pains, [...]
By Alan J Bauman, MD, ABHRS , Bauman Medical Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center, Boca Raton, FL “Exosome” is the new buzzword and rising star in the fields of regenerative medicine, stem cell research, as well as traditional medicine and pharmacology because exosomes represent the latest generation of naturally bioactive stem cell-based products for patient treatment. What is an exosome? Exosomes or extracellular vesicles are tiny packets containing a wide range of cellular information, signals, and instructions that are created inside cells and secreted into their surroundings. They may be taken up by adjacent cells or travel to distant cells. Less than 1/1000 the size of a cell, typically ~100nm in diameter, they can be found in blood, urine, spinal fluid, and saliva. For many years, exosomes were considered responsible only for the transportation of cellular waste out of a cell–not very glamorous! More recently, however, they have been recognized for their critical role in intracellular communication in health and disease, with now more than 14,000 scientific articles appearing in the clinical literature within the past decade. Because of their potential, biotech companies focused on exosome therapeutics and diagnostics have received hundreds of millions of dollars of investments just within the past few years and the exosome field is projected to be a three billion dollar a year industry by the end of this decade. An undeniable trend in medical research since the 1990s has been away from a traditional pharmaceutical approach toward the concept of regenerative medicine – a way to restore [...]
By Nazy Curtis, Amani Hair, Newport Beach, CA I was diagnosed with alopecia at age 22, and like any diagnosis that doesn’t have a cure, I was in shock. I felt hopeless but decided to do hundreds of cortisone shots, but nothing worked. There would always be a new patch. The next option was taking cortisone pills, which have many side effects including liver damage and moon face. I got the latter. Being the only girl in the family, my mother kept asking, “Why, why my only daughter?” I responded, “Mom if it wasn’t me it would be someone else. Anyone could get this.” I decided to act positively in front of my family. I didn’t want to see the sadness in their eyes and of course, I tried to hide my hair loss from everyone else. Even up to today no one has seen me bald. I was walking around as a young and enthusiastic new business owner with a moon face and shiny synthetic wig, promoting my new business. You can imagine the sick feeling I was carrying with me every day. Indescribable. Knowing that my hair will not ever come back, I decided to use my own wig-making experience to create my first wig. I sourced the best European human hair, designed my own cap with no glue or clips. It made me feel so much better. After all these years I still do not see myself bald. I know the world around us has changed. On Instagram and other social media, [...]
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 [...]