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The People

Founder, President
Hayel M. Said, Ph.D.

Dr. Hayel Said, a world-renowned color chemist, received his PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. By analyzing the molecular structure of hair proteins and understanding how hair interacts with its environment, he was able to formulate a wide array of outstanding hair care products ranging from hair color to shampoos, conditioners, and permanent waves, Dr. Said brings to L’Avant Garde over 25 years of hair care experience. This expertise has enabled him to develop many breakthrough products patented worldwide.

Dr. Said is a member of The Society of Cosmetics Chemists (SCC), a speaker at SCC educational seminars, and an Educator for the American Board of Certified Hair Colorists.

Patents Held:

1990     U.S. Patent 4,972,718: Assessment of Damage in Keratin Fibers
1997     U.S. Patent 5,635,167: Removal of Minerals from Hair and Other Keratin Fibers
1997     U.S. Patent 5,688,291: Composition for Simultaneously Lightening and Coloring Hair
2003     European Patent 957,893: Composition for Simultaneously Lightening and Coloring Hair
2007     U.S. Patent No. 7,189,265: Lightening and Coloring Hair with Acid and Basic dyes.
Other U.S. and European Patents pending

Scientific Articles:

1983     Determination of Alanine and Lactate Turnover. Fed. Proc., 42:1793
1985     Separation of Hair Proteins. J. Chromatography, 324:65
1986     Structure of Hair Proteins. Part 1. J. Chromatography, 381:41
1987     Structure of Hair Proteins. Part 2. Analytical Biochemistry, 165:161S
1989     Metabolism of Glutamate, Proline and Alanine. Metabolism, 38:718