Extending students’ knowledge

The Hair Extension Training Academy Ltd offers ground-breaking Hair Extension courses in 10 different techniques as well as providing a Hair Extension service to the public.

Melanie Kirk (Managing Director) originally approached West and North Yorkshire Chamber for help in finding new markets for the training packages abroad.

Through the Enterprise Europe Network, Melanie was able to have a free company profile published to find potential customers in over sixty countries across the world in the search for new business.

Melanie Kirk - MD of THETA
Pictured: Melanie Kirk, Director at The Hair Extension Training Academy

As part of on-going discussions, Melanie explained that many hair extension installations involved using nano rings to attach human hair to the client’s existing hair. Made of Zinc and Silicone, these rings were not hypoallergenic and sometimes caused problems with users.

Melanie’s dream was to develop and produce a new type of nano ring which would be hypoallergenic but had no idea where to start.

Through the Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance, Melanie was introduced to Dr. John Steele – Business Partnerships Centre Manager at University of Bradford to see if their materials department could help design prototypes.

Dr. Steele was able to offer Melanie two students, Darnell Asobie and Jaikar Singh, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, to work exclusively on developing the new nano rings and over time, the project expanded to include the development of new methods and equipment to fit the rings, potentially revolutionising hair extensions treatments. As part of the process, it was agreed that the students would spend a day at the training academy, learning how the nano rings were fitted.

The project continues with new prototypes, in new materials, currently being developed. University of Bradford is also helping with any attaching Intellectual Property, manufacturing design and packaging design, the intention being to bring these revolutionary products to market in the near future.

Finally, the last words go to Melanie, “Working alongside Guy Foster at The Chamber has by far exceeded my initial expectations.

Guy has shown tremendous support and guidance over the past few months with regards to my invention and in support of moving THETA forward. His experience and knowledge is invaluable and I have formed some great relationships with people within Bradford university who in turn have assisted with the growth and manifestation of new ideas I have had.

I often call on Guy for advice as he gives a no nonsense response, he is always willing to help and nothing is too much trouble.”