Edward Katz was born and raised in Los Angeles. He attended and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science with minor in Psychology. Entrepreneur, high achiever, retired from Insurance business at 31 years of age, 2000 agents and plenty of time to enjoy tennis, have fun, work less and have a family.
“I started the Edward Katz Hair Design company because of my own devastating hair loss,” says Edward Katz, founder of Edward Katz International. His male pattern baldness started in his mid-twenties, not long after he graduated from UCLA. Hoping to hide his baldness, he combed his hair in what is commonly known as “the swoop”
“I swooped, sprayed and colored it” he admits, “Until one day someone showed me a photo of me swinging a tennis racquet, and my hair was standing straight up. Not even my family would tell me how terrible I looked. I knew at that moment I had to do something.”
While searching for a solution Katz wore hats-he had about of 30 of them. It wasn’t the best solution, since the color he uses on his hair came off on the hats, creating perpetual “ring around the hat.” Hair transplants were not an option, and toupees never matched his hair. Even worse he was told he would have to remove a toupee every night and during tennis games. The notion of being “two people” (hair today, gone tonight) was unacceptable. He researched the cosmetic industries and decided to sink his own money into an idea.
The Edward Katz hair replacement and hair pieces system was born, giving men a new alternative to baldness: an impeccable, undetectable, non-surgical option that can be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“I know what an effect a man’s appearance has on his life,” says Ann Marie Katz, Vice President of Edward Katz Hair Design, and former creative director for Krupp Taylor and Grey Co. Advertising agencies.
Ann Marie Katz was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She is from a large family, one of eight children. Her family taught her values and ethics that are critical today.
She was taught from early on, that she could achieve or do anything her brothers could do. She was taught to love and to be accepting of all, she always tried to make a difference (a positive to whatever she tried, or whomever she gets in contact with.) She was told to do what you enjoy. Try to make a positive difference in life.
“Education is very important, never forget to ask questions and learn something new every day. You can do anything you put your mind to, never be afraid to try.”
Armed with a B.S. degree in Psychology from Boston University and a Real State License in Massachusetts, Ms. Katz began her career as a fashion consultant with Sensa Creations. She expanded into fashion design, and developed her own skills as a runway model.
“Like Ed, I’ve spent the last 15 years developing an eye for what looks good,” she explains. “A woman’s point of view is very different from a man’s.”
According to her husband, it’s a difference that has been instrumental in building the business. “A lot of the credit of our success goes to Ann Marie. She has a great sensitivity for what looks natural.”
“I think the three most important things in successful hair replacement are natural color-the kind that looks good in direct sunlight.” (Less density, and more recession) Ann Marie explains. “We want you to have the same hair line as you did 20 years ago, but as it should have aged. This is where Ed excels, by maintaining a man’s elegance and believability with a hair replacement that becomes part of his body.”