From the Science Lab to the Salon: Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris

A woman of multiple degrees, Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the City University of New York-Medgar Evers College as well as her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Morehouse School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute. After having her own personal experience of troubles with hair damage, she decided to use her knowledge of science to develop her own hair care products with organic and natural ingredients.

Walker’s Legacy was curious to learn more about Dr. Isfahan’s journey as she navigated the changes in her career from STEM to entrepreneurship. Keep reading to be inspired by her story!

Passion for Medicine

After obtaining an extensive education in science and medicine, Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris became a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Her responsibilities included many tasks such as conducting research about autoimmune diseases, Sarcoidosis, and Lupus. In conjunction with completing her fellowship, Dr. Chambers also earned her Master’s in Public Health with the goal to focus on diseases that affect disadvantaged populations.

Following her time at Vanderbilt, Dr. Isfahan proceeded to become a Presidential STEM Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland! So, how did she go from being in the medical field to owning her own hair care business? Here’s what happened…

Problem Recognition

The first step in the buying process is problem recognition. Usually, this leads to gathering information about different products and services, weighing your options, and eventually making a purchase decision. Instead, Dr. Chambers decided to take her problem and solve it herself.

Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris was tired of the numerous hair care products with all kinds of toxins and unnatural ingredients. As she suffered from excessive hair damage, she put her science education to use as she brought the powers of biology and chemistry to her scalp. After three years of trial and error, Alodia Hair Care was born.

A Natural Way to Care for Natural Hair

In 2017, Alodia Hair Care was up and running and ready to go. Dr. Isfahan launched a line of high-tech, organic hair care products that were personalized to each customer based on their scalp health, hair type, and styling preferences. This is what we need as women of color — beauty products for us, by us!

Alodia Hair Care provides customized kits and virtual consultations with professionals, including Dr. Isfahan that remove the guessing games of trying to find the perfect products through using A.I. technology to curate personalized products to achieve healthy hair and a healthy scalp!

Dr. Isfahan strives to promote and provide self-love through her business. Working out of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, Dr. Isfahan is truly a thriving entrepreneurial woman with a similar story to our inspiration, Madam C.J. Walker!

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Danielle Thomas

Danielle is a current student at Towson University studying Business Administration with a Marketing concentration and a minor in Economics. With a strong passion for working towards the professional success of women, Danielle is a part of various student organizations such as Women in Business and MentHER. Danielle has also worked in multiple social media marketing roles throughout her academic career.

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