Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling dies in Florida at age of 78 – Live News 247

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling dies in Florida at age of 78  – Live News 247

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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use ( The founder of Hair Club for Men, a business empire for balding people built on the back of its creator’s own hair loss experiences, has died at the age of 78.  Sy Sperling died in one of his Florida homes on Wednesday following a battle with a lengthy illness, according to the South Florida Reporter.  Best known for his hair restoration company as well as starring in its commercials, Sperling started struggling with his own thinning locks at the age of 26. His self-consciousness prompted him to try a hair weaving technique, but it didn’t do much to quell his insecurity.  With the help of his second wife, a hairstylist, he perfected the hair restoration approach and opened his first salon in 1969.  “I had no experience at all. I got in the business because of my own personal need,” he told the Wall Street Journal in 2011. “I tried a [natural hair-restoration process called weaving] because I didn’t want to do a toupee. If you’re dating and going to have special moments, how do you explain, I got to take my hair off now.”  Without the necessary funds at the start, he was forced to star in his own low-budget commercials to get his business off the ground.  In 1976, he relaunched the company as “Hair Club for Men” and by the 90s, there were more than 80 Hair Club salons nationwide.  “I’m not only the Hair Club president,” he would say in the popular ad. “I’m also a client.”  Sperling, a lover of animals and devout vegan, retired in 2000 after selling his brand to a private equity firm for $45 million – which in turn sold it in 2005 to publicly traded Regis Corp. for $210 million. He’s spent his recent years making public appearances and lecturing about business and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business.  Sperling also took great pride in his charity work, most notably, Hair Club for Kids. The program provided hair for free for children under 18 who lost their hair from chemotherapy. He is survived by his wife Susan, his daughter Shari Sperling, his son Andrew Sperling and his sister Rosalie Slute. Recommended on NY Daily News

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