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Houston startup creates new tech to track hair loss treatment

This startup is making sure every follicle of hair on your head is counted. Photo via myhaircounts.com

A Houston startup has launched its first tech tool to track hair loss using AI and machine learning.

MyHairCounts created a hair density imaging kit and app based on proprietary and patent-pending software. The kit includes a variety of items such as scalp imaging guides, a comb, and gel to help individuals photograph their hair follicles at specified angles. Users then upload these photographs into the app for analyses which are delivered within 48 hours. These analyses inform the user whether or not their hair regrowth treatment is effective.

“Checking your shower or bathroom sink is simply not an accurate way to see if you are losing hair, says Gordon Little, CEO of Awareable Technologies, the parent company of the product. “Anyone who is concerned about losing their hair needs accurate information to evaluate their hair regrowth treatment. Until now, tracking your hair density was impossible.”

Little founded the company in Houston 2017, and the team has grown to 20 people working remotely across the country. The analysis process is completed using AI and machine learning. In order to develop this automation, the web developers fed the system countless images of hair follicles so that it could measure and report on hair growth or loss. According to MyHairCounts, individuals only notice hair loss after hair density has decreased by 20 to 30 percent.

“This product really is unique,” says Kenny Robinson, CMO for MyHairCounts. “If you’re concerned about hair loss, this is the only way a consumer can know whether or not what they are doing is truly working.”

MyHairCounts Hair Density Imaging Kit is available on their website and on Amazon. Currently in the soft launch of their products, they are using this time to work closely with individuals and med spas to review and improve the product prior to their official launch. You can purchase the kit for yourself, but MyHairCounts also offers kits to hairdressers looking to better serve their clients.

Using the kit and the app, individuals or hair stylists can track their own or their clients' hair loss. Image via myhaircounts.com

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After working with thousands of interns, Allie Danziger of Ampersand Professionals says she's now got a product to upskill and train new hires for employers. Photo courtesy of Ampersand

After seeing success with her internship training and matchmaking platform, Allie Danziger, founder and CEO of Ampersand Professionals, has expanded the concept to include a new hire training service that allows employers to better optimize the onboarding process and have a well-trained new staff member from day one.

In just over a year, Ampersand has worked with over 7,000 professionals through its original concept of upskilling and matching young professionals to internship programs. A few months ago, Danziger and her team expanded to include career development training for students first entering the workforce with the City of Houston's Hire Houston Youth program. Danziger says it was developing out the platform for this program that proved there was a need for this type of training.

"While we have focused on matching professionals with businesses for paid internships, we recognized a further gap with employers that have their own recruiting/talent acquisition teams, or just their own preferred way of bringing on entry-level talent, and didn’t have a need for our matching platform," Danziger tells InnovationMap. "But, they recognized the benefit of our proven training platform that pre-vets and de-risks their hires, and still wanted access to the training for their own hires."

The new program has evolved from training interns to new hires, so parts of the program that focuses on interviewing or applying for a job have been removed. Instead, the 8.5 hours of training focuses on networking, best practices for working with a manager and team, performance reviews, common software training, and more.

Danziger says usually new hires need the most experienced mentor or manager, but they don't usually get that support — especially when it comes to businesses that don't have their own built-out mentorship or training program.

"Ampersand’s new training product fills that gap — it gives employers of any size any easy solution to provide basic job readiness training to employees, access to our team of dedicated coaches, and a detailed report at the end of their training summarizing how their new hire did in the training and any trends recognized and tips for managing this employee based on what the platform uncovered," she says. "Businesses can also sign up for additional coaching sessions and customize training materials, as an add-on if interested."

The program costs the employer $100 per new employee, and checkout online takes less than a minute. Through both this program and the original internship program, Ampersand is constantly evolving its training content.

"These professionals are going through the same training experience that we have proven out over the last year, and we are constantly adding to based on data we see in the user experience," Danziger says.

Danziger recently joined the Houston Innovators Podcast discuss some of the benchmarks she's met with Ampersand, as well as the importance of investing in Gen Z hires. Listen to that episode below.


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