THE success of Chris Gaskell’s business will see her take her products to Europe.
Moptops Haircare 4 Kids, which launched earlier this year, is the legacy of Ms Gaskell’s late husband.
“We originally opened a kids hairdressing salon back in 2004 and as a hairdresser I really wanted a salon-quality kids hair care range as I understood adult shampoo was just not safe for kids hair,” the Joondalup resident said.
“The only suitable hair care for kids back then had to be shipped in from the US.
“There was a clear gap in the market here in Australia for great quality kids hair care.
“After closing the salon following my husband’s passing, I decided to try source a manufacturer here.
“It took a couple of years to find the right bio-chemist that had the same ethos but I eventually found a company in Sydney.”
And so was born Moptops Haircare 4 Kids.
“I already have international interest from the UK and the Netherlands,” Ms Gaskell said.”
“It uses high quality natural ingredients, is vegan-friendly, not tested on animals and is made with fun fruity fragrances.
“I am also currently working on extending the range to include head lice prevention and styling products.”
Ms Gaskell is also the founder of Daddy and Daughter Hair Workshops in Joondalup and Applecross.
The workshops teach dads how to style and manage their young daughters’ hair.
“It’s such an awesome bonding time and we have so many dads that enjoy the special time with their girls,” Ms Gaskell said.
“We have all kinds of dads attending.
“Some dads are FIFO workers who spend long periods away from their families.
“They can struggle to find ways to connect emotionally with their daughters when they return but the workshops give them a direct and enjoyable way to do this.”
She said it was also a benefit to the fathers as they learnt to “care for their daughters in a more traditionally feminine way and this can help them find other activities to enjoy together”.
The next workshops in Joondalup are on July 7 and 28 and in Applecross on July 8 and 29.
Contact Ms Gaskell on 0407 998 918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.