A SMALL, suburban salon has just scooped a prestigious award – and it is thanks to some unique, hair-evaluating technology.
Tyler Reid Hair in Canning Vale has just been named the WA/NT Salon of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards and is a finalist for Australian Salon Business Of The Year at Hair Expo Australia.
The salon’s secret weapon is augmented trichoscopic imaging, a diagnostic program which depicts hair cuticle structure, fragility diameter and other unique hair patterns to allow the salon to personalise hair cuts.
Salon owner Simone Lee said the process allowed them to specifically tailor every haircut to suit each customer, right down to which scissors and styling tools would best suit the hairstyle.
“We are the first salon in the nation and possibly the world to use augmented trichoscopic imaging for personalized hair cuts,” she said.
“Over the past two years, we have conducted analysis and research from multiple case studies.
“To be honest, I’m surprised no one thought to do this before; after all you don’t cut bread with a steak knife.”
Ms Lee said the advantages of augmented trichoscopic imaging for haircuts were “endless”.
“We are able to also check the scalp for any potential problems before colour and chemical services,” she said.
“It can assist with determining dandruff levels and follicular and hair patterns related to common hair loss conditions.
“Not to mention, our team are able to inform the guest if they see any unusual moles or spots via the trichoscope and they can take the images to their doctor.
Ms Lee said the salon was elated to win the award and would continue to use technology to its advantage.
“I believe science and the digital age will revolutionize hair salon practices and it is wonderful to be at the forefront of that,” she said.