Maryland friends a hit with hair accessories to match designer face masks

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: June 04, 2020 07:16 PM

Two friends from Maryland with a goal of keeping people safe during this pandemic have come up with a product that promotes safety and fashion, and Albany residents are among those striking a pose.

Friends Kimberly McCallister and Cassandra Adams met in a way few people would like to start a relationship. Adams had been exposed to toxic mold. The damage that the mold caused is visible on her face and back. McCallister was dealing with breast cancer.


After they both recovered, they vowed to live the healthiest life they could and eventually partnered in a venture to do just that. It's called Kassamada Cosmetics.

Once news of the pandemic broke, they started making facemasks for family members - again with safety as the goal.

However, one-day McCallister had a hair emergency. Once others learned of the ingenious way she solved it, orders began pouring in.

See what she did – and how the idea is growing, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

To learn more about the masks, you can email

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