Spelman Graduate Develops LivSo Haircare Line to Treat Dry Scalp

Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham spent 2015 through 2016 funding an out-of-state independent study for her hair care products. (Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham)

“Live so free, healthy, clear and happy.” This is the phrase that inspired the name LivSo, a new line of hair care products from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham that remedies scalp irritation.

Hicks-Graham began selling the product, which aims to help provide users with a healthy, free lifestyle unencumbered by the discomfort of dry, itchy scalp, in her office Jan. 31. Launched on LivSo.com on Feb. 22, the lineup of shampoo, conditioner and scalp moisturizer costs $18-$19 and also is sold on Amazon.com.

Why LivSo Came to be

Hicks-Graham, who works out of Downtown Dermatology in Columbus, Ohio,  said she has seen so many Black patients and those of other races who struggle with scalp conditions. She recognized that the traditional methods of treating scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, which causes itchy, scaly patches of redness, remedied the condition but also led to hair breakage. This was especially the case for Black patients, whose hair was left feeling dry. Hicks-Graham knew she had to devise a new product to nourish kinky, coily strands and also soothe the scalp.

“For African-American patients that sometimes wash their hair once a week or even every two weeks, telling them, ‘Here’s this prescription shampoo, use it every day,’ that was gonna get a good laugh,” the skin care specialist said. “I realized pretty quickly that we were being trained in a way that wasn’t really culturally sensitive.”

Over the course of 10-12 years, the Spelman College graduate, who completed her residency in 2005, made a case for creating a product of her own. She committed to a goal of making an accessible line of products in the within the last five years.

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SOURCE: Atlanta Black Star
Kiersten Willis