Inclusive Hair Straightener
Health & Assistive Design
Occupational Therapy Coordinator/Clinical Resource Therapist
Mary Pack Arthritis Program and OASIS Vancouver
MS Clinic UBC
Self-expression allows one to distinguish themselves from others and validate their own ideas. Many individuals with different musculoskeletal disorders, like Arthritis and Muscular dystrophy, lose the ability to style their hair.
While some don't see physical appearance as a necessity, these barriers can become detrimental to others.
Palm was created through an extensive iterative process of
research and prototyping. It emerged through co-designing with occupational therapists who helped evaluate
what the key pain points were in hair styling. With all of that in mind, I began prototyping with foam, wood, and computer aided design and 3D printing.
Each step in the prototyping phase was met with user testing and deliberation. All to insure the most comfortable and easy user experience.
Palm is an inclusive design hair styling tool that empowers
individuals, who have limited hand mobility, with the capability
to style their own hair.