Recent College Graduate Creates New ‘BraidAid’ Precision Tool For Hair Stylists

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She’s got a brilliant design!

A recent Mercer College graduate has created a new “BraidAid” precision tool for hair stylists, The Den reports. 

Amber Byrd is the creator of BraidAid, a new hair tool assisting hair stylists with creating precise parting. The product is the first under Byrd’s AB Glitz brand. In high school, she started her company that she’s previously used to sell makeup, hair products and offer braiding services. Now, she is focused on her very own original creation. 

“It’s a parting tool for people that do braids often. You don’t have to pick it up or put it down; it just stays on your finger the entire time you’re braiding. It tries to make whatever hairstyle you’re doing go efficiently and as quickly as possible. It has functionality that no other product has. It’s convenient. It has the quality of a comb and hair precision tools, all in one,” Byrd said.  

The marketing major says she was in class one day at Mercer when she sketched the idea for the new product. She eventually took it to the Mercer Innovation Center, where Director Stephanie Howard connected her with Jabril Edmondson and DeShun Gilchrist, the owners of Royalty Headwear. They are now partners with Byrd. This past April, she won second place in the Mercer Innovation’s Center’s Next Big Idea competition, using her $1000 cash prize to secure a product patent. 

“They helped me make my idea come to life. They just made it a reality. I know I would have never been able to do it without them,” Byrd said of her partners. 

The product is currently created using 3D printing, boasting convenience, precision, and comfortability to cut styling time in half. Byrd took to social media to share her product and announce that pre-sales were officially open. The small product rests on your pinky, offering the laser-like straight parts without the hassle of having to pick up and put down the comb.

Byrd encouraged her followers to support a “young Black entrepreneur” by spreading the word about her post. 

To purchase your BraidAid, visit www.ABGLITZ.com.

Congratulations, Amber!

Photo Courtesy of Amber Byrd/The Den

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