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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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Houston Tech Rodeo returns with 2023 programing across space, health, emerging tech, and more. Image via houstontechrodeo.com

Houston Tech Rodeo returns this year — and the lineup of panels and networking opportunities has been released online.

The four-day summit was originally introduced in 2020 by Houston Exponential to shine a spotlight on Houston's tech and startup ecosystem. Last year, HX changed ownership, converted into a for-profit business, and named Natara Branch as the new CEO. With the new ownership comes a new era for HTR — complete with AI-generated media, a goal for a record-breaking finale event with CodeLaunch, and more.

"The biggest theme of Tech Rodeo this year is around being aware," Branch tells InnovationMap. "We want entrepreneurs to know what resources are out there, that they are supported, and that there are all these entities out here that are conducting themselves in a manner that is really centered around supporting them."

"We hope that when entrepreneurs and startups walk away from Tech Rodeo this year, it will really feel to them like there's more momentum in this city than there has been in the past so that we can be a top-tier startup destination," she continues.

This year's schedule is divided across a few themes and all events are being held in the Houston Innovation District in Midtown.

  • Monday, February 27: Space Tech at the Ion
  • Tuesday, February 28: GlobalMindset at HCC Central Campus and EnergyTech at Greentown Labs
  • Wednesday, March 1: BioEconomy at TMC Innovation and EmergingTech at The Cannon - Downtown
  • Thursday, March 2: Townhall and CodeLaunchFinale at Sesh Coworking and 713 Music Hall
The week's events will attract founders, investors, startup development organizers, and more. When HTR launched its free tickets online, Branch says they received around 800 registrants in one day. At the center of everything HX does is the Houston founders, Branch says.
"It was supper important to us to make sure that entrepreneurs have access," she says. "It's free to entrepreneurs — they are number one in who should attend."

More information and registration is available at houstontechrodeo.com.

Head to houstontechrodeo.com for up-to-date schedule information. Graphic courtesy of HX

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