Henkel will showcase SalonLab at CES in Las Vegas next week.
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 Schwarzkopf Professional are reinventing the salon experience. 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.”
Typically hairdressers use their experience, individual expertise, and physical senses to diagnose a client’s hair health at its surface as they had no way to analyze the inner hair condition and true color to understand the unique quality of each client’s hair type.
“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, who previwed the technology to Happi ahead of CES. “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 devices, the SalonLab Analyzer and SalonLab Customizer, supported by the SalonLab Consultant App.
The Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab Analyzer is a hand-held device equipped with near-infrared and visible light sensors that measure inner hair quality, moisture level and true hair color. It can measure various points on the hair from roots to tips and thereby provide a viable, scientific hair diagnosis. These readings are then analyzed and processed by a proprietary algorithm developed by Henkel Beauty Care scientists, using a complete digitalized hair model based on thousands of reference measurements. The hair analysis data is then combined with the hairdresser’s assessment to enable a truly complete personalized color and care consultation.
The SalonLab Consultant App is an integral element of the ecosystem that connects the digital devices to analysis, consultation and customization. It‘s an easy-to-use application that 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. This enables the client to see what a color will look like on his or her hair before it is applied, enhancing the salon experience and encouraging more daring transformation options. Last, but not least, the App steers the individual care solution recipe and real-time production via the SalonLab Customizer.
And to provide the most personalized product based on individual hair qualities, the SalonLab Customizer produces customized hair care products on-site using a proprietary manufacturing process. Hundreds of different combinations of ingredients and fragrances can be mixed on the spot and dispensed in salon-sized portions or small bottles with a personalized label printed directly from the SalonLab Customizer.
“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 will roll out to select Schwarzkopf Professional hair salons in the United States and Europe this year.