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October 5th - 6th, 2024 | Houston, Texas


& Networking with Dermatologists


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Susan Peterkin and Dr. Kindred created the first dermatologic salon, PeterKindred Hair and Scalp Wellness Center, so hair styling and dermatology could finally be bridged to bring hair loss patients a true holistic experience with their hair and health. It is the first full service salon in a dermatology practice. As a master pioneer in the hair care industry, Susan Peterkin has always been at the forefront of hair-care trends, good and bad. Ms. Peterkin found herself frustrated with a trend she began to notice gaining traction in the hair stylist community. She witnessed many popular hair stylists taking non-medical hair loss courses, and then re-branding themselves as “hair-loss” experts. Taking a course in hair loss does not certify someone in the application of hair-loss techniques to hair-styling techniques. 


In the dermatology practice, Ms. Peterkin learned directly from Dr. Kindred. As a result, Ms. Peterkin has seen the immense benefits in her techniques by focusing on scalp care and partnering with Dr. Kindred. 


Dr.Kindred is a board-certified dermatologist with a niche in alopecia. She is considered a key opinion leader by her colleagues. Early in her career, she partnered with fellow dermatologist Dr. Yolanda Lenzy who noted that, “Hairstylists are at the front lines of hair loss.” The two believed in intentionally building the relationship between hair-stylists and dermatologists. 


For far too long, “Hairstylists and Dermatologists have been playing for the same team, but have not been communicating” (Dr. Kindred). Susan Peterkin and Dr. Kindred wanted to create a platform that would target the lack of shared knowledge between hairstylists and dermatologists, so S.T.R.A.N.D (Stylists Training, Researching, and Networking with Dermatologists) was born. 


S.T.R.A.N.D will be the first ever educational program that brings leaders in dermatology and hair care together to teach courses, lead talks, create a network dedicated to the continuation of hair care practices, and ultimately give back to their respective fields through research. S.T.R.A.N.D debuted its first course in an informational presentation at the Natural Hair Industry Convention October 8th.

This course dives deep into helping hair care professionals understand the medical causes of hair loss, how to spot it, and the in-salon styling do's and don'ts for hair loss clients.


Taught by dermatologists specializing in hair loss alongside your fellow hair stylist, this course offers an in-depth exploration of:

  • The Biology of Hair

  • Common Hair Loss Issues and Types

  • Science-Backed Solutions

  • Cultural Sensitivity

  • Incorporating Hair Loss Services in the Salon

  • When and How to Partner with Dermatologists


Stylists who pass our final exam will walk away S.T.R.A.N.D. Certified™ and part of the S.T.R.A.N.D. Network™ for communication, networking opportunities, and continued learning.

Ready to join the frontline of defense against hair loss and help clients achieve healthy, beautiful hair? Click the button below to get your tickets!



At S.T.R.A.N.D., we firmly believe in the power of collaboration between hair care professionals and dermatologists to combat hair loss. Dermatologists serve as the scientific backbone behind hair loss research and scalp disorders, thus allowing us to provide hair care professionals with medical-level knowledge straight from the experts themselves.


From getting medical-grade education that breaks down the underlying causes and mechanisms of hair loss, to learning styling techniques best suited for hair loss clients, hair care professionals walk away with a full understanding of how to spot, treat, and prevent the rising rates of hair loss.


- Founding Members, Dr. Kindred and Susan L. Peterkin.


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Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Take advantage of our event rates of $149/night by clicking the button above.
Hotel Restaurant

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October 5th, 2024


Evening Meet & Greet:
Become acquainted with our speakers 

Gain an overview of our upcoming presentations

October 6th, 2024


Classes Hosted throughout the day

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon...


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Dr. Chesahna Kindred
Scarring Hair Loss/ Advanced Medical Treatments / Importance of Research

Dr. Chesahna Kindred is a board-certified dermatologist, researcher, published author, and national speaker. She attended residency and fellowship at Howard University, an institution that pioneered Ethnic Dermatology. It was here that Dr. Kindred gained her passion and focus on hair loss and ethnic skin. Soon after graduating from her dermatology residency at Howard University, she became a leading dermatologist at MedStar Health in the Baltimore area. Five years later, she founded Kindred Hair & Skin Center in Columbia, Maryland where she treats people of all ages and ethnicities. Dr. Kindred remains on the cutting-edge of hair loss treatment, performing Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix, or PRFM/PRP, on a regular basis. Currently, she owns the only dermatology office with a full-service salon that specializes in hair loss.

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Dr. Cheri Frey
Hair Biology

Dr. Cheri Frey is a board-certified dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at Howard University, and Chair of the dermatology section of the National Medical Association. Dr. Frey practices medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology at Howard University in Washington, DC. She earned her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at the University of Florida. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous dermatology lectures across the country. Dr. Frey has a passion for teaching and mentoring. She has published numerous articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Frey lectures nationally and internationally.

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Dr. Madeliene Gainers
Infections of the Scalp / Dermatitis of the Scalp

Dr. Madeliene Gainers: Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers is a board-certified, award-winning dermatologist who specializes in hair restoration and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Gainers opened her dermatology practice to help patients who experience hair loss problems. Focusing on innovative hair restoration treatments, Dr. Gainers knows hair loss can significantly impact a person's perception of themselves. With years of experience, training and research, and a compassionate approach, Dr. Gainers works to design a unique, personalized treatment plan for all her patients.

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Dr. Liza Moore
Basic Medical Treatments

Dr. Liza A. Moore, MD, FAAD is the clinical director of Luxe Dermatology and Aesthetic Centers. She is a board-certified dermatologist and anti-aging expert specializing in cosmetic and laser dermatology. Dr. Moore is recognized as a leader and expert in the field by both her peers and patients in offering the most advanced technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of dermatological conditions, facial reconstruction, and body rejuvenation. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the esteemed Duke University. She completed her dermatology residency at Roger Williams/Boston University Program in Providence, Rhode Island, where she served as chief resident. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatological Society and the American Society of Dermatological Surgery. In addition to her board certification in dermatology, she is also board certified in internal medicine and has numerous publications in reputable dermatological journals. Her expertise is sought after, and she also consults with numerous pharmacological companies including Abbvie, Pfizer, Celgene, and Galderma. 

Dr. Moore has been recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine as a Top Doctor. She has also received the Patient’s Choice Award for her excellence in patient care and compassionate care. Dr. Moore's greatest joy is her family, whom she resides within Vienna, VA.

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Dr. Hope Mitchell
Non-scarring / Childhood Alopecia

Dr. Mitchell is an Ohio board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist and the founder & CEO of Mitchell Dermatology. With over 25 years of experience in the medical field, she is an accomplished, highly qualified dermatologist and entrepreneur. Dr. Mitchell is dedicated to patient-centered care and education and she thoroughly enjoys every scope of her practice, routinely treating hair, skin and nail problems in pediatric and adult patients, with competent and compassionate care. Dr. Mitchell has subspecialty interest in hair loss, eczema, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer prevention, skin of color and skincare consultations.

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Jada Scott
Braiding and Extensions with Hair Loss

Tutor for Braiders Jada Scott is a master braider dedicated to helping braiders build confidence in their craft through virtual training sessions and in-person classes. With a mission to provide an unforgettable braiding experience rooted in health and beauty, Jada has nurtured a network of braiders across the nation. In partnership with The STRAND Network, Jada empowers braiders to identify scalp issues and offer solution-based referrals to trusted dermatology professionals. Join Jada on a journey to elevate braiding skills and client care to new heights. 

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Anita Hill Moses
Proper Products / Product Usage / Basic Ingredient Knowledge

Anita Hill Moses is a wife, an educator, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on hair loss from the perspective of the natural hair stylist, natural hair care, locking, and braiding. Her professional work in the Natural Hair Industry began in 1992 under the tutelage of Master Pioneer Marion Council George in Brooklyn, NY. She is the owner of Richmond’s 1 st full-service salon dedicated to Natural Hair Care, B.A.D – Braids and Dreds, Inc. Braids And Dreds, Inc. was opened on July 1, 1995 originally
under the name of Designer Braids And Trade II. However, in 1998 the salon’s name was changed. She has been dedicated to natural hair for 30 years and has been a professional in the industry with a full-service natural hair care salon for 29 years.

Anita has trained over 45% of the natural hair care professionals in the city of Richmond and has assisted individuals, not only in Richmond, but across the country in establishing their own businesses. She has taught at various Natural Hair Care Expo’s, retreats, and symposiums around thecountry. She currently serves as Project Manager for The Natural Hair Industry Convention.

Anita studied Cosmetic Chemistry at the School of Natural Hair and Skin Care through their online program. After 4 and ½ years of extensive study, research, and in house salon trials, she launched her line of all natural/organic hair restoration products called “NHR – Natural Hair Restoration”. This product line was designed to assist anyone dealing with specific types of Alopecia. 


To bring awareness to individuals involved in the Natural Hair Industry, Anita was inspired to create The Master Pioneer Award. This award show recognizes and pays tribute to individuals who laid the foundation and paved the way for others to thrive in this Industry.

Anita is dedicated to God, her family, and her industry. Her motto “Don’t Be Discouraged but Be Encouraged” is displayed daily; not only in her day to day business dealings, but more importantly in her day to day life; aiding, helping, motivating is what she does best.

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Dr. Tiffany St. Bernard
Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals, Importance of Research, Scoring and Tracking Alopecia

Tiffany St. Bernard, Ph.D., is at the helm of SOCAi (pronounced so-kai) as its Founder and CEO. This forward-thinking company is transforming the standard of care in health, wellness, and beauty through the power of AI. A Cornell University alumna with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Tiff is committed to developing AI-powered precision healthcare solutions supported by institutions like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These innovative solutions target critical yet often overlooked areas within these fields.

Dr. Tiff's research lies in integrating AI for practical health insights, including understanding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in consumer products. During her postdoc at Cornell Tech, she developed AI visual diagnostic tools to empower individuals along their hair and scalp health journey. That research is a pillar of the solutions she builds today.

At SOCAi, Dr. Tiff is dedicated to creating a world where personalized care is available to everyone, a testament to her commitment to innovation and health equity.

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Susan L. Peterkin
Proper Products (Includes Color & Ingredients)
Haircare & Styling all Textures/Braids/Camouflage Wigs, Scalp Micropigmentation, & Fibers

Susan L. Peterkin is the CEO and co-founder of the Natural Hair Industry Convention (NHIC), the first natural hair conference for professionals. In 2003, Susan founded Jaha Natural Hair Academy in order to educate both the professionals of the industry. In 2013, Jaha Natural Hair Academy introduced its very popular consumer hands-on class “My Hair, My Way”. Susan founded The Natural Hair Industry Convention in 2013. Recently, she has been transitioning away from active styling and is partnering with Dr. Chesana Kindred, to form the world’s first full-service dermatologic salon that prioritizes scalp care and hair restoration.

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Past Events

Past Events

The Inagural S.T.R.A.N.D. Workshop

Hosted in Linthicum, Maryland, the inaugural S.T.R.A.N.D.™ workshop hosted 64 attendees for lecture style education on the medical science behind hair loss alongside best in-salon techniques and care practices for hair loss clients.


The evening of day one opened the event with a meet-and-greet, establishing the importance of connecting the dermatology and hair care industries. Day two was a mix of lectures and breakout groups led by S.T.R.A.N.D. team members to further discuss topics of interest. The workshop concluded with an assessment, where passing attendees receive their S.T.R.A.N.D. Certification™ and admission into the S.T.R.A.N.D. Network™.


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October 5th, 2024 - October 6th, 2024
Houston, Texas

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