When Lou Segal and his family arrived in Canada in the late 1970's
he wasn't overly concerned about how he was going to make a living.
The tenous political situation that forced him to leave behind much
of his wealth he had accumalated through a thriving cosmetic &
pharmaceutical company in SouthAfrica left him with a modest amount
in his pocket.
In a new country, with little contacts, the future may have seemed
pretty bleak. But Segal, a chemist and pharmacist, had something
he believed would get him back in business. "I was'nt worried
at all," he said. "I had the formula for hair loss, and
The formula Segal speaks of is a concoction he developed from
an east African tribal ritual. And now, more than a decade later
the product line he developed, and his son Darryl improved, has
grown their Vancouver based company, into one of the leading natural
hair loss treatment lines in the market place.
It was during a safari vacation in the early 1970's when the elder
Segal made his "discovery". He came upon a number of tribes
performing rituals and noticed that one particular group had thick,
strong, healthy heads of hair. "I found out that this one group
applied a mixture of plants, roots & leaves to their heads and
their faces and would wait for the moon to come out," the elder
Segals explains. "The reason was that they felt that the moon
would absorb & cleanse their souls of all the evil spirits through
the medium of this earthy botanical mixture. What they did'nt realize
was that they were unknowingly giving themselves the best hair &
scalp treatment nature has to offer.
Segal asked the tribe's chief to give him a bucket full of the
mixture which he took back to Cape Town where he incorporated it
into his scalp formulas, shampoos & conditioners.
While the components were all from natural sources, the exact
ingredients remains a secret...a valuable one.
His new products met with surprising results with many people
reporting drastic reductions in hair loss and even new hair growth.
But as increasing political uncertainty grew in South Africa, Segal
decided it would be best for his family to leave the country. "I
was fortunate to have access to my fathers formula," Darryl
says. "And as a pharmacist, and being fascinated with the results
people were receiving from the product for so many years, my life
long commitment to improve on the formula and make it available
to as many people as possible."