Behind the Scenes with Hairtamin
The HAIRtamin co-founders share their entrepreneur story and how office furniture helped build the team.
HAIRtamin is a beauty wellness brand that focuses on creating clean and effective plant-based products to support women’s lifelong beauty and wellness needs built by influencer and entrepreneur powerhouses Leyla Milani-Khoshbin and Lilly Ghalichi-Mir.
Going behind the scenes, we visit Leyla and Lilly at their glamorous office where they share their focus on collaboration in everything they do, from building and managing their team to designing their workspace.
Leyla and Lilly, tell us about the mission of HAIRtamin and about the heart of what drives the concept.
HAIRtamin is a beauty wellness brand for women- by women- that focuses on creating clean and effective products that support a woman’s lifelong beauty and wellness needs. We pride ourselves in efficacious and honest plant-based products that are comprehensive and include everything you need for optimal results. We’ve left out fillers, binders, artificial colors, and ingredients that make it faster and cheaper to manufacture.
What makes HAIRtamin different from other hair vitamins on the market? How does HAIRtamin stand apart? What is notable about its ingredients?
HAIRtamin is an award-winning authority in the clean beauty wellness space. We are female-founded & minority-owned, with a mission to support a woman’s wellness journey and beauty needs throughout her life.
Our ingredients are always certified cruelty-free by PETA, thoughtfully sourced, and science-backed. We incorporate the highest quality ingredients for an authentic, 360° holistic approach to hair wellness, including clinical strength Biotin, Turmeric, Selenium, Rosemary, Zinc, Saffron, and more.
Unlike other supplement brands on the market, we pride ourselves on developing truly clean and effective formulas that are free of anything artificial. That means you’ll never find any binders, fillers, additives, preservatives, or anything else that would make the manufacturing process faster or drive the cost of the product down. If it doesn’t directly improve the quality and bioavailability of our products, it doesn’t get included in our formulas.
As founders with followings, we are also the face and hair of the brand and stand behind all of our products with a full, no questions asked, 100% money-back guarantee. That means you can try any of our products for any period of time, and if you’re not personally satisfied with your results for ANY reason or can’t commit to the process, you can send back your bottles – even if they are completely empty – for a FULL refund. That’s how confident we are in our products and what they can do.
What is the inspiration behind Hairtamin? Or what motivated you to create HAIRtamin?
HAIRtamin truly started as a conversation between two women seeking answers for themselves. Like millions of other women, Leyla and I both suffered from hair loss. Leyla had just had her second baby and was experiencing severe postpartum hair loss. I, on the other hand, had literal bald spots from the overuse of extensions. We visited doctors and nutritionists, spoke to friends, and at the end of our research, we ended up with six different brands we needed to take to get everything recommended to help with hair loss and re-growing healthy hair. One was six pills a day, another was four pills a day, and one was a powder – it was not only completely unrealistic to take so many pills a day, but it was also very expensive. A one-month supply cost us over $600! Leyla and I were so frustrated and thought there had to be a better way to address hair loss – something that was easy to take (one pill a day!), effective (everything you truly need for optimal hair growth), and clean (no additives, filler, binders or artificial ingredients). Since it didn’t exist, we decided to make it! We hired a team of doctors, nutritionists, and pharmacists, and together, they synergistically worked to create “Advance Formula,” and HAIRtamin was born.
Today, HAIRtamin is one of the largest, most recognizable beauty wellness brands in the World, with over 7 million social media followers between the founders and the brand, selling in over 160 countries globally with millions of bottles sold to date. Our products and award-winning brand have been featured in some of the most prestigious publications, including Forbes, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, New Beauty and Bloomberg News.
When building the brand, what aesthetic or design elements guided you in making your brand? What is the aesthetic or essence of HAIRtamin?
The aesthetic of HAIRtamin was driven by beauty. When Leyla and I envisioned the brand, we immediately thought of what we felt drives a lot of “beauty”….Hollywood! Our “HAIRtamin” Gold Star is heavily inspired by that Hollywood Glamour feel, and we choose the rich color of red as our primary brand color for the same red carpet glamour aesthetic. Our goal with all our products is to help women look and feel as beautiful as possible.
When building a team and office space, were there any fundamental philosophies you focused on? How did you translate your aesthetic into physical space?
Our central philosophy has always been “collaboration.” We model this in everything we do, from building and managing our team to designing our workspaces. We have strategically placed our team members near one another to foster collaboration to allow for more collaborative working relationships.
Where can we purchase HAIRtamin products be purchased?
Today, HAIRtamin is available at HAIRtamin.com, and Amazon.com and can be found at some of the largest, most recognizable retailers across the World, including all ULTA Beauty Stores, CVS, and Bed Bath & Beyond in the United States. Globally, HAIRtamin is carried at Harrod’s and BeautyBay.com in the UK, London Drugs stores across Canada, Purish.com in Germany, and via many distribution points across the Middle East, South Africa, Australia and more.
It seems HAIRtamin speaks to more than supplements; what are HAIRtamin’s plans to grow into a wellness brand that you can share with us?
The backbone of our brand will always be our supplements, but our customer looks to us for all their beauty wellness needs, not just in supplements but also in hair care. Therefore we have developed incredible products such as a dry shampoo that offers hair growth benefits, a hair mask that helps boost follicles and encourages hair growth, as well as expanding our supplement range into other areas of beauty such as skin, nails, and even targeting greying.
Your team uses the Sol Chair by 9to5 Seating. How does it fit with your work, and what qualities/attributes do you like best?
The Sol chairs have been a great addition to our office. The stylish design and exceptional comfort give these chairs an edge over others we’ve used. Aesthetically, we were able to customize the color to fit our office and branding perfectly. Functionally, they allow us to be as productive as possible at the office by allowing us to work in comfort.
How do the Sol and the Clary guest chairs enhance your workday experience?
The Sol and Clary guest chairs offer an elegance you don’t see in regular office chairs. They also enable us to work longer at our desks without taking standing breaks since they provide so much support. Our entire team appreciates both the aesthetic and comfort of these chairs.
And, to close, as entrepreneurs, do you have any advice for startups or people just starting? Do you have a takeaway from your journey with HAIRtamin you could share?
My biggest advice to entrepreneurs is to GO FOR IT!! So many bright minds have brilliant ideas but never actually go for them. Chances are, if you need it, want it, and are passionate about it- so will tons of other people. You’ll never know your potential unless you GO FOR IT. There’s never a “good time” to wait for; the best time is now.