Current apps include:
- Natural Hair by App-ology Technologies (for Android)
- Natural Hair Care - Tips & Remedies (for Apple)
- Natural Noir LCD - Hair, Fashion (for Android)
- NaturallyME - (for Apple)
- CurlyNikki.com's Forum (for Android and Apple)
Features include forums where users discuss topics of hair care products and issues. Tips and tricks are shared as well as how-to advice. The Noir app provides links to other natural hair care blogs. NaturallyME shows hairstyles and locations for black beauty supply stores.
While I have not tried the Apple apps (team Android!!), many of them seem to contain the same information you can find on a computer. So what are some mobile-specific features that currently exist in these applications or should exist?
- beauty supply store locations - I find this very important living downtown Baltimore..there are NONE that are walk-able near my apartment; but I did just find out that OyinHandmade is a short drive!
- natural hair stylists - while I have never been to one, I think it would be beneficial to include information on how to find them; it'd be even better if I could even schedule an appointment on my phone!
- curly girl locations - while many people are sensitive about their privacy, I think the natural hair community is quite friendly & if enough people use the app, we should be able to see who lives near us...who knows, maybe it'd be easier to organize product swaps or meet-ups
- meetup locations - speaking of meet-ups, on this same map, we should be able to see locations and dates of upcoming meet-ups in the area (and be able to create one if there is none)
- ingredient DON'Ts - even more importantly in the grocery/beauty supply store, how are we ever to remember all the ingredients that are bad for out type of hair? I would want to select my hair type and my phone would list all the ingredients I should stay away from in my shampoos/conditioners... if only
What do you think? Is there a benefit to having mobile apps for hair care?