Have you ever had one of those days where you wished someone would just show up and do your hair for you? Like literally, take the wheel?
I’m having one of those moment right now. Wash day is staring me in the face, and I’ve got just enough willpower to co-wash and deep condition, but I just don’t see it for styling right now. Plus, work deadlines are calling and time is not on my side.
You feel me?
Thanks to technology and innovation, we’re seeing services like Uber and Amazon Prime deliver everything from private transportation to toilet paper to your front door almost instantly – with the swipe of a button. Now we’re seeing Black businesses apply these concierge-like concepts to beauty services – and the results are amazing.
Black beauty delivered to your doorstep used to mean waiting for monthly subscription boxes like curlBOX and We Are ONYX to discover hair and beauty products from the comfort of your home. But with this list of the Top Four Pioneering Brands in Black Beauty, on demand beauty services are only a swipe away.
These four Black-owned mobile beauty services for women of color are making wishes for someone to “just come do my hair” come true.
Colour is the first ever app – created by women of color, for women of color – dedicated to hair styling on demand. Colour, the brainchild of two Harvard alumna, was designed to give women of color the convenience of having a hairstylist on retainer – a hairstylist that comes to you, at that. The Colour app lets you swipe through a bundle of styling options for $65 per appointment. Or, you can go full retainer and pay $200 per month for unlimited styling sessions. Now, I’m always down for Black women disrupting industries and slaying – especially in the tech and app development space where we are so grossly underreprensented. However – I couldn’t help but notice that Colour only had one styling option for naturals – a twist-out. And while I’ve got nothing against twist-outs on demand, I can’t help but feel a little slighted by the message this app sends to women like me – in style selection and visual representation. Of the 6 styles offered, 5 of them are for straight hair. And although all 6 women are beautiful, none of them look like me, or have anywhere near my texture of hair. I want to support Colour, but I can’t be 100% sure they’d be able to provide the styling options and care required for my hair – for now. Currently, Colour’s services are limited to the Atlanta areas, with plans to expand to other cities in the coming future. Hopefully, the expansion plan includes more menu options for naturals. Visit www.getcolour.io for more information and to request a code to download the app (iOS only).
For the ladies of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, BeautyLynk is really the beauty plug. Founded in 2015 by Rica Elysee, BeautyLynk prides itself on being the Uber of hair and beauty – with licensed beauty professionals tooled up and ready to meet you wherever you are. On the BeautyLynk website, you’ll find a vast array of services on-demand – from casual date night to full on bridal beat, to crochet braids and loc maintenance. To book your on-demand appointment, select your service, the date and time, and who you’d like to have as your personal artist for the day. Amazing, right? Check out www.beautylynk.com for more details.
TresseNoire is a NY and Philly naturalista’s dream. This on-demand service focuses exclusively on natural hair – providing an array of services for all textures and types. TresseNoire literally brings the natural hair spa experience to the comfort of your home – even going so far as to create a relaxing atmosphere with candles and soft mood music. Founded by Regina Gwynn and Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely, TresseNoire was developed with the busy, professional naturalista in mind. With TresseNoire, cornrows, trims, blowouts, rod sets, starter locs, and children’s styles are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s offered – and can all be done without ducking and dodging between errands, or sacrificing an entire Saturday. Simply select your location, choose your style (they even let you know approximately how long it will take), and relax while a licensed, professional natural stylist comes to you. A trim – without having to leave home? Talk about answered prayers. Check out www.tressenoire.com for more information!
If you’re not really feeling the in-home services but don’t want the headache (or nightmare) of trying to find a stylist worthy of your time and hard-earned coin all on your own, Urban Beauty Network is where it’s at. The brainchild of CEO Rita Owens, Urban Beauty Network is the first online beauty concierge service dedicated to Black women’s wellness. Urban Beauty Network is designed to take the headache and guesswork out of finding the perfect professional to handle your beauty needs. While Urban Beauty Network does offer on-demand services in California, Georgia, and New York, it also boasts an extensive directory for Black beauty needs. You can book on demand services for braids, twists, locs, updos, and even an in-person or virtual consultation. Makeup services are available as well. Simply complete your beauty profile, then search by your location and the services you’re looking for – and a list of recommended beauty professionals populates. On the database side, you can search and browse options for everything from natural hair salons and makeup studios to product recommendations. An Urban Beauty Network app is in the works – head to urbanbeautynetwork.com for more info.