AUSSIE WOMAN’S GENIUS BEAUTY FIX FOR PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY
Gold Coast woman Holly Franklin, an upper arm amputee, has launched a series of hair ties for people who need to do their hair one-handed.
Her business, a Handful of Independence, makes and sells the special hair ties, which are used by fellow amputees, arthritis and stroke sufferers, people with breaks and sprains, and many more.
“After losing my arm in 2005 due to a congenital vascular condition, I had to learn how to do a whole host of things with one hand – tie shoelaces, eat a big burger, peel a banana.
One thing kept frustrating me, and that was putting my hair up into a ponytail. It seems such a simple thing, but I couldn’t find anything that worked.”
“I searched the internet for ages and I could only find ‘how to’ instructions for pony tails that involved door knobs, laying backwards on a couch and other methods.”
Not finding any readily available solutions that didn’t require a degree in contortion, she cobbled together her first one handed hair tie.
Over time and with various sources of inspiration, Holly landed on a design that works – the 1-UP.
“I got to thinking, there must be many hundreds of girls, women and a few guys out there who are keeping their hair short because they don’t have an easier solution. I want to let people know that there is one less challenge in their daily life.”
Holly has now created a variety of designs, with more to come. With her varied audience in mind, there are detailed instructions for multiple methods of creating a pony tail for a variety of upper limb differences.
Holly says the best thing about the business is the feedback she gets from customers: “I had a message the other day from a lady saying “I just put my own hair up for the first time in my life! You have no idea how excited this made me.””
Inspired by this, Holly is now working on expanding her range to include more hair accessories and jewellery.