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Jan 3, 2018 Düsseldorf / Germany
From near-infrared hair diagnostics and augmented reality color consultation, to creating personalized on-demand hair care products: Henkel Beauty Care today announced the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab™ – a digital ecosystem for quantifying and customizing the hair care experience, propelling hair salons into the digital age. SalonLab, two-time recipient of this year’s CES® 2018 Innovation Awards, which celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in new consumer technology products, will debut at CES® in Las Vegas this month.
With the first end-to-end ecosystem of connected devices that measure hair condition as well as hair color and provide hyper-personalized products and services, Henkel Beauty Care and its leading salon brand Schwarzkopf Professional are reinventing the salon experience as we know it. Henkel’s technology takes the guess work out of which products and services are best for each client’s hair by analyzing hair at the molecular level, empowering the consultation process with data-driven insights and producing on-demand, personalized care solutions.
“At Henkel, innovation is in our DNA and leveraging the opportunities of digital technology in our business activities is an integral part of our strategy,” said Marie-Eve Schroeder, Chief Marketing Officer at Henkel Beauty Care. “With SalonLab, we are reinventing hair care with a hyper-personalized solution empowered by a holistic application of connected devices.”
Today’s process of assessing hair condition and color is based on the hair’s outer appearance, with hairdressers using their experience, individual expertise, and physical senses to diagnose a client’s hair health at its surface. Until now, hairdressers had no way to analyze the inner hair condition and true color to understand the unique quality of each client’s hair type, which is the basis for any consultation, service and at-home care.
“We can now gain so many more data-driven insights about the client’s hair, thanks to Henkel’s SalonLab technology and the concrete scientific data it gives us,” said Kim Vo, International Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador and celebrity hairdresser. “Combining it with our own expertise, we can now assess the hair on a whole new level – the perfect basis for a truly individual consultation."
The new SalonLab ecosystem includes two award-winning devices, the SalonLab Analyzer and SalonLab Customizer, supported by the SalonLab Consultant App.
“With the launch of the Schwarzkopf SalonLab digital ecosystem, we are redefining the way both hairdressers and their clients are experiencing beauty in the hair salon,” said Dr. Nils Daecke, Head of Digital Marketing at Henkel Beauty Care. “At the same time, we are laying the foundation for disruptive, data-driven business models, which build upon consumer insights and hair properties.”
“Staying ahead of the game and meeting the needs of an increasingly sophisticated client base demands total commitment to our partner, the hairdresser,” said Stefan Sudhoff, Head of Hair Professional at Henkel Beauty Care. “With SalonLab, we are creating a solution which allows our partners to provide truly personalized products and services with a seamless experience.”
SalonLab was developed by Henkel Beauty Care’s scientists and hair specialists, infusing more than 120 years of hair expertise, research and consumer insights into the proprietary algorithms. The idea and technology were brought to life in cooperation with leading technology firm iconmobile.
“We are excited to work with one of the best partners in the industry, iconmobile, to create this ecosystem – combining their technological know-how with our expertise in hair science, analytics & formulations,” said Dr. Thomas Foerster, Head of R&D at Henkel Beauty Care.
SalonLab, the new era in hair care technology, can be experienced in select Schwarzkopf Professional hair salons in the United States and Europe in 2018.
With the first end-to-end ecosystem of connected devices that measure inner hair condition as well as hair color and provide hyper-personalized products and services, the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab is pioneering the salon of the future.
SalonLab Analyzer in use
The SalonLab Consultant App supports the hairdresser throughout the analysis, displaying the client's individual hair diagnostic results and enabling a personal color consultation with state-of-the-art augmented reality technology.
SalonLab Consultant App in use
SalonLab Customizer in use
Logo of Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab™