AG Hair Care

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AG Hair Care
Private
Industry Hair care and cosmetics
Founded 1989 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Headquarters Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Lotte Davis, CEO and co-founder
  • John Davis, CEO and co-founder
Number of employees
85

AG Hair Care is a hair care product company based in British Columbia, Canada.[1][2] It is the largest independent manufacturer of professional hair-care products in Canada.[1]

History[edit]

AG Hair was founded in 1989 by Lotte Davis, a South African-born graphic designer and her husband John Davis, a hairdresser from Liverpool (they're the parents of actress Mackenzie Davis), in their North Vancouver basement.[2][3][4] AG Hair initially created bulk generic shampoos and conditioners that were bottled and labeled by hand.[2][5] The Davis' began to formulate and manufacture their own professional hair care products, which they sold to salons directly beginning in 1990.[2][6] In 2001, AG Hair products began selling to salons in the United States.[2]

John and Lotte Davis are co-CEOs of AG Hair, which has 85 employees and sells in 14,000 salons in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Taiwan.[7] AG Hair manufactures and distributes products from Canada.[7]

In 2008, Lotte Davis founded Women Leading Change Foundation to help African girls obtain an education by building schools.[8][9] AG Hair contributes 10 cents from every liter of product sold to support education for girls and women in Africa, through Every Bottle Counts.[6][10][11] Since its founding, proceeds from AG Hair product sales have raised over $2 million[12] and built five schools in Sub-Saharan Africa.[13] In 2015, AG Hair launched limited-edition packaging of its hairspray, Revamp, and its Firewall Argan Flat Iron Spray to raise funds for One Girl Can. 50 cents of each bottle sold goes to the foundation.[12][14][15]

In October 2008, John and Lotte Davis received the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for business-to-business products and services for AG Hair.[16] That year AG Hair was named one of the best companies to work for in British Columbia by BC Business Magazine.[17]

In 2012, Davis founded One Girl Can, a registered charity, with employees in Canada and Kenya. One Girl Can provides secondary, vocational, and university scholarships to eligible girls in Africa.[18][19] AG Hair was featured in Business Vancouver's list of top 100 biggest manufacturers in Metro Vancouver in 2016.[20] In 2017, Deloitte named AG Hair Care one of the best managed companies in Canada.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (October 3, 2008). "Duo up for award". North Shore News. Retrieved October 31, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "10 things you need to know about AG Hair Cosmetics". Behind the Chair. 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Christine Lyon (February 25, 2013). "Hair care supports school in Uganda". North Shore News. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Arielle Chambers (July 9, 2014). "Welcoming remedies!". Nu – Modé. Retrieved October 31, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Celebrating 25 years with AG Hair founder Lotte Davis". Garmentory. June 2, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Jen Schaeffers (July 7, 2015). "Hair that cares: Lotte Davis, CEO of AG Hair, educating girls in Africa". Vancity Buzz. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Glen Korstrom (April 1, 2013). "Local beauty product firms get global faces". Business Vancouver. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Sara Harowitz (September 24, 2015). "Women Leading Change Foundation". Montecristo Magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Amy Yew (September 24, 2015). "Spin into great hair with Eastwood Cycle X AG". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  10. ^ "AG Hair". Style & Air. August 26, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Lauren Salapatek (November 4, 2016). "AG Hair's Firewall Argan Shine and Flatiron Spray". Modern Salon. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "AG Hair Supports Education in Africa". Modern Salon. February 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "TricorBraun supplies packaging for AG Hair". Packaging Europe. March 3, 2015. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids". BC Living. November 18, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  15. ^ "17 holiday gifts that give back". Todays Parent. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "Brian Hill takes top honours as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 for the Pacific region". Nation Talk. October 12, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "AG a Great Place to be". December 24, 2008. Burnaby Now, via Canada.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-31.
  18. ^ "One Girl Can Scholarship Africa". One Girl Can. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  19. ^ Michele Marko (April 7, 2016). "Lotte Davis: AG founder's philanthropy fills an empty nest". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  20. ^ "Top 100 biggest manufacturers in Metro Vancouver in 2016". Business Vancouver. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  21. ^ "Best Managed new winners". Deloitte. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  22. ^ Mai Nguyen (March 9, 2017). "AG Hair: Canada's Best Managed Companies 2017". Canadian Business. Retrieved March 24, 2017.