Monday, September 18th, 2006
Ultimate Hair Accessory Organizer for Kids
The curse of raising a daughter lies in hair management. Bows. Scrunchies. Clips. Barrettes. And gobs of curly, tangly hair. For a dad who grew up with three brothers, itâ€™s a challenge.
I’ve looked for a way to corral hair accessories since my daughter was 20-months-old, but every product comes up short â€“ designed to handle one or two types of accessories, but not all of them. I had a brief moment of hope with the Hair Wear Friends organizer, but it vanished as quickly as I found it.
Today we use a plastic tub. It’s my wife’s solution. When I need a barrette, I dump the container onto the bathroom counter. I’m not going to dig through a tub. My daughter and I want to see all of her color and shape options at the same time.
So I was excited when I read about the 2006 Mothers of Invention Challenge. One of the submitted inventions was the Ultimate Hair Accessory Organizer by mother Joyce Gomez.
It is a solid wood organizer with knobs for hanging, and ribbons for clipping to, and a hollow plastic tube for wrapping hair bands around and stashing brushes inside.
The organizer sits on a counter top or hangs on a wall, comes in at least three color variations and is American made. Its dimensions are 12.75″ wide x 17.5″ high by 5.25″ deep.
I tracked down the organizer’s inventor via her web site. Through several exchanged e-mails I whined about the organizer not being available for purchase. You see, even though she didn’t win the Mothers of Invention Challenge, she found backing from BabyCenter.com who has had a template sales page online for several months now, perpetually reporting the product as unavailable. As it turns out, Joyce has decided to bring her hair accessory organizer to the market herself, though would be happy to sell it wholesale to sites such as BabyCenter.
Joyce informed me she won’t be ready for retail sales until October. OK, I suppose arranging manufacturing and marketing and everything else takes some time. So I was pleasantly surprised when she alerted me late last week that she had advance copies of the Organizer for sale on eBay. Hot diggity! Joyce now has her own website where the organizer is sold.