Augmented reality at your hairdressers
A different hairdresser that uses technology in his beauty service. You arrive and the experience begins. Instead of giving you the typical magazine, you go to a PC room where you select your hairstyle. A webcam then takes a picture of you and combines it with your selection so that you can see the possible results.
Why it matters
Beauty brands are beginning to introduce new technologies to their business. Will these technologies help brands stand out from their competitors or be perceived as gimmicks?
The Organic Pharmacy's flagship store in London is offering a DNA testing service to determine the products and treatments that best suit your skin type. This £295 ($495) service is provided by British firm geneOnyx and requires only a bit of saliva for the test. After waiting only 30 minutes, customers get their results. These have gone through a product database to determine which lines of products and ingredients are best for the customer.
For the launch of “Force”, its first male fragrance, Biotherm created a website called Your Force on which Internet users have to fight against water in order to calculate their force quotient. The website uses a webcam to detect movement which enables browsing on the website without a mouse, just by moving your hand. Biotherm have an iPhone application and terminals in stores that use this same concept.