This week's Beauty and the Beat guest is Dr. Isfahan Chambers Harris!
Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris earned her B.S. in Biology from the City University of New York- Medgar Evers College and Ph.D. in Bio-Medical Sciences from Morehouse School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Chambers Harris officially began her medical career as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She conducted research on an autoimmune disease, Sarcoidosis. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Chambers Harris earned her Master’s in Public Health, which allowed her to focus on diseases that affect disadvantage populations. After earning her Masters, she went on to become a Presidential STEM Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland.
For years, Dr. Chambers Harris battled hair breakage and scalp damage from chemical straighteners. Desperate for a solution, she utilized her science expertise to develop the Nourish and Grow Healthy Hair and Scalp Oil, her first product. Inspired by her hair transformation and her desire to help other women with their hair, she created Alodia Hair Care.
The name Alodia comes from an ancient kingdom of Christian Nubia. This name resonated with her because on a personal note, her faith has played a he part in bringing Alodia Hair Care to life. Alodia is also fitting, because Dr. Chambers-Harris aims to bring attention and awareness to the fact that the continent of Africa is the hub of beauty. Most of the oils and scents in her products come from countries in Africa and the royal-ness of Alodia’s location fits her product line perfectly.
Though Alodia is off the ground, Dr. Chambers- Harris is just getting started. Passionate about philanthropy and humanitarian issues, she is working to align Alodia Hair Care with nonprofits centered on health and healing. She has collaborated with the Sisters Network for breast Cancer Survivors (DC Chapter), where she gave seminars on growing hair after chemotherapy. As a Hair Practitioner of Trichology, she wants to continue this type of work, helping women with various hair and scalp disorders.
As a Medical Scientist, Dr. Chambers Harris is also interested in inspiring youth to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. She has partnered with Be Polished, a non-profit located in DC, that empowers young women from single parent households. She continues to actively seek mentoring and partnership opportunities to discuss STEM and how it relates to the beauty industry.
This busy mompreneur, is happily married to Dr. Rashad DuPree- Harris, MD, and is the proud mother of 4-year-old twin boys.