Forget about bad hair days; Farouk Systems can iron things out with its own version of CHI energy. The company makes and markets personal care products, including BioSilk hair care and spa items, in addition to CHI styling products and implements (hair dryers, straightening and curling irons, clippers, and hairstyling irons) for men and women. It also makes CHI men's and women's fragrances, as well as CHI nail polish. The company caters to both consumers and professionals and operates the Farouk Systems CHI Academy in Houston for training hair professionals. The company, founded by Palestinian immigrant Farouk Shami (chairman) in 1986, is owned and operated by professional hairdressers.
The company's network of hairdressers includes 2,000 educators spanning more than 100 countries. Farouk Systems points to this as what makes the company unique within its industry.
Farouk Systems makes its products in the US. Its shampoos, conditioners, hair color, and other liquid products are manufactured at its headquarters in Houston. Farouk Systems also owns equipment to produce aerosol items from this facility, as well.
The company continues to grow nationwide and overseas. Besides its production facilities in the US, Farouk Systems is opening more warehouses in Europe. The company bought European distribution company, TrendyHair Company, to broaden its distribution lines overseas.
Farouk Systems boasts a history of firsts in the hair care industry. In 1986 it launched the industry's first ammonia-free hair lightener and color system, SunGlitz, which today is sold under the CHI name. With its CHI iron, the company became the first company to manufacture a hair tool that incorporates ceramic, ionic, and far infrared technologies. And in 2009 Farouk Shami took time away from his namesake company to campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial spot in Texas; he later lost to former Houston mayor Bill White. – less