The journey from professional hair stylist to inventor and entrepreneur was a trip made over several years, and one that included the help and support of many local people. I had an idea for a different type of hair styling tool – a hybrid that would combine the best features of both a brush and a comb.
But beyond the concept, I didn’t know what to do. Chad McDonough, a student with the Plastic’s Engineering Department at Penn State Behrend, helped turn my idea into a real product. At the end of his Senior Capstone Project, we had a prototype of “a pennello” – which means, a brush that fits the hand like a glove.
Now, my challenge was to find a mold designer and a manufacturing partner. Without, John Skinner, a local manufacturer’s representative, I never would have met either Scot Whitman with Southcreek Tool in Northeast or Jeremy Anderson with Anderson Plastics in Girard.
To date, we have produced 5,000 brushes which are packaged locally by Printing Concepts, and I’ve sold 700 of them through Angelo’s Salon Development Group.