Avlon is a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative and high-quality personal care products.

Our “For Professional Use Only” products are sold to licensed cosmetologists. Our market is primarily comprised of individuals with curly hair.

Our commitments to our stakeholders are:

  1. To interact with our employees in a fair, honest and respectful manner, and to provide an environment of growth, safety and satisfaction.
  2. To ensure that all Avlon products reflect our dedication to healthy hair and skin.
  3. To treat our distributors with integrity and respect, and to support them in product sales and training.
  4. To train cosmetologists in the best use of our products and to assist them with education and problem solving.

We seek to maintain our image of professionalism and innovation, to expand our product lines, and to be recognized as a leader in the markets we serve. 


In 1984, Avlon had only one employee — today, the company personnel has grown to over 143 employees, worldwide.

Avlon products are sold in 46 countries.

Avlon Industries, Inc. is responsible for many of the most widely-used and efficacious professional hair care products on the market, including the well-known Affirm® Conditioning Relaxer System, FiberGuard® Conditioning Relaxer System, Ferm® permanent wave products, MoisturColor® professional hair color products. And KeraCare® Conditioning Hair Care System a range of maintenance & styling products that professional stylists and consumers love.


Avlon seeks to maintain its image of professionalism and innovation, to expand its product lines, and to be recognized as a leader in the markets it serves. It regards hairstylists with the highest respect and constantly seeks successful solutions to their calls for help with assistance from its technologically advanced research center. The company’s goal is to provide the very best products that advanced research and innovative thinking can offer, and always with an eye toward advancing hair technology.

Charitable Activities

Avlon has sponsored many scholarships for minority students with organizations such as the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe), The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (USA), and the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Negro Foundation, Operation Push, Community Breast Cancer Education Project (Looking Good Inside and Out), Boys and Girls Club of America, Pakistan Institute of Chemists (PIC), Busta Program for people with Special Needs, Department of Children & Family Services in Chicago, American Red Cross, and many more.


Our Founder

CEO, Dr. Ali N. Syed

Dr. Ali N. Syed is our chief chemist, with a wealth of experience in the formulation of hair care products.  He successfully served as a research chemist for a number of major companies, and has published over 45 patents, numerous scientific papers, and 3 book publications.

Dr. Syed founded Avlon in 1984 after developing several patents at Johnson Products Company and Soft Sheen. His winning strategy for formulating Avlon brands is to use ingredients that have a positive effect upon hair and skin. With an abiding affinity for chemistry, Dr. Syed personally supervises every project undertaken by Avlon’s Research & Development Center. Equal to his regard for chemistry, is the respect he holds for the professional hairstylist. Always positive towards ideas and opinion of stylists, Dr. Syed considers Avlon to be part of a team with cosmetologists. His on-going goal is to provide the very best products that advanced research and innovative thinking can offer, always with an eye towards continual improvement.

“An innovative chemist must be a dreamer.” says Dr. Syed. “One must persist in dreaming to accomplish that which seems difficult or yet to be done… New Methods… New Techniques… New Formulations! In chemistry, there’s a lot of room for creativity.”

Dr. Syed has written numerous articles on the chemistry of hair and related hair products in leading trade and scientific journals, such as Cosmetic & Toiletries magazine, American Chemical Society Journal, and Shoptalk magazine (for Hairstylists). Since 2012, he has also been serving as an Editor for the scientific journal, TenSides.  Dr. Syed has been a guest speaker at the London College of Hair & Fashion in England and ABC Associacao Brasileira de Cosmetologia (Brazilian Association of Cosmetology) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Syed has also conducted numerous lectures on the chemistry of hair for organizations like Chicago Cosmetology Association and has been a Guest Artist at the Midwest Beauty Show.