I love featuring stories of people who have faced the challenge of cancer and created a way to make a difference for others out of the experience. One such woman is Kelly Moses, the creator and owner of DREAMBEANIES.
She is someone who takes client service to a whole new level. Kelly, a successful hair stylist, wanted to find a way to help her clients suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments. Her compassion, caring and creativity led her to invent DREAMBEANIES. Kelly, what, exactly, is a DREAMBEANIE?
Thank you, Tambre, for the opportunity share the story behind DREAMBEANIES. Let me clarify that I have not had cancer myself. DREAMBEANIES innovative headwear was born as a result of the experiences I had with one of my dearest and most beloved friend and client’s journey through chemotherapy.
Spending time with her gave me a chance to see, first hand, the frustration and limited resources for those who have lost their hair. I felt there had to be a better option which led me to create DREAMBEANIES.
I have been a hair stylist for over 25 years and I specialize in hair extensions. My experience with extensions made me wonder how I might use them as a solution…and DREAMBEANIES was born.
DREAMBEANIES are basically hair extensions attached to a track that can be used in any headwear. The track is customized to each piece of headwear but this is the least important part of the design. The skill is in the making of the hair attachment customized to the individual’s needs.
Traditional wigs are awkward and even the best wigs still look like a wig. DREAMBEANIES look natural and beautiful. They are easier to use and are much more fashionable. And no one can tell it is not your natural hair. This eliminates some of the stress people going through chemotherapy feel when they are out and about.
DREAMBEANIES are designed to be easy to use and beautiful. I use 100% human hair and with my system the hair can be easily transferred to any headwear, making them appropriate for any occasion.
You demonstrate a lot of qualities of a caregiver and out of this kind of compassion, you created an actual product to help others. What inspired you to to do this?
After seeing how unnatural and embarrassing most wig options are for chemotherapy patients I knew I could make a better product to help people already going through a very difficult time.
Wigs for children are not realistic. It’s hard enough just being a kid, especially the bald kid with cancer, wearing an awkward wig at school. Self esteem is paramount during chemotherapy. I can make it an easier time and even fun. Children wearing DREAMBEANIES can look “hip”, normal and natural.
How did you get started?
I have been an expert hair stylist for 25 years. I am also an avid artist. I think that my passion for art is what makes me so successful with hair. I don’t just look at a cut or a color. I look at someone’s face and lifestyle and then “create” the most beautiful hair for that person.
I am also a perfectionist which means no ones gets out of my chair until every detail is perfect. My clients know that when they leave they walk out feeling their most beautiful. And, when they are at home, my cuts are easy for them to style themselves as well.
This applies to the DREAMBEANIES tenfold. Each one is designed specifically for the client’s look and lifestyle. There is minimal upkeep and styling required for the user to look perfect every time they put it on.
Check back in on Friday to learn about the challenges Kelly overcame and strengths she tapped into to bring her vision into reality.