Spelman College and Myavana Host Seminar on Hair, Health, Tech, and Entrepreneurship

Spelman College and Myavana have partnered with haircare brands Jane Carter Solution, DooBop and Frizzari to host Myavana Day: A Seminar on Hair, Health, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Cosby Auditorium at Spelman College.  Myavana is beauty technology company that creates innovative hair care solutions for women of color.

During the seminar, students, entrepreneurs and hair enthusiasts will learn about cutting-edge hair care personalization technology from leading hair care brand executives, discuss career options in the hair care industry, and examine business models for the $10 billion hair care market, 33% driven by women of color.  The seminar will feature three sessions: Hair Health, Hair Styles and High Tech; Financing Your Entrepreneurial Dreams; and Professional Hair Style and Make-Up Demonstrations.

Myavana Day speakers and activities include:

●     Mobile app and Web-based selling platform technology demonstrations by Chanel Martin, co-founder and COO of Myavana; and Jodie Patterson, C’92, co-founder of DooBop;

●     A panel discussion featuring Jane Carter, founder and CEO of Jane Carter Solution; Candace Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Myavana; Lois Hines, founder and CEO of Tropic Isle Living; and Jodie Patterson, co-founder of DooBop. The panelists will discuss launching hair product lines, entrepreneurship in the hair care industry, and thriving in today’s economy with a startup beauty business;

●     Product demonstrations from Jonathan Pike, co-founder and CEO of Frizarri, who will show how women can repair damaged hair and discuss the science behind split-ends; and

●     Styling demonstrations by Alicia Igess, founder of Urban Tangles Hair Salon, who will provide instruction on achieving professional looks with hair extensions; and Amir and Gilda Salmon, founders of TAG Concept Salon, who will showcase healthy natural hairstyles for the professional woman.

Spelman College will host a tweet chat about the business and technological aspects of the hair care industry with special guests, Monday, Sept. 22, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Follow the conversation at #spelmyavana and @SpelmanCollege.

Myavana Day is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. To register for the event and obtain additional information, visit www.Myavana.com/events.


About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent.  Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students.  Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway Producer Alia Jones, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Author Pearl Cleage, and Actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson.  For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About Myavana

Myavana is a beauty technology company started by African-American female engineers that creates innovative hair care solutions for women.  The company recently launched the mobile social hair and style network where women can collaborate on haircare and styling issues.  Users can access the network via the iPhone App on the Apple Appstore and Android App on Google Play. The company has been featured nationally on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, Black Enterprise Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, Business Insider, and named Georgia’s top new technology company by the Technology Association of Georgia as the 2013 Business Launch Competition winners. For more information, please visit http://www.myavana.com.

Media Contacts:

Spelman College, Audrey Arthur 404-270-5892 aarthur3@spelman.edu

Myavana, Chanel Martin 404-969-5438 hello@myavana.com