I'm willing to bet my cocoa butter, my last Popeye's wing, and three bottles of Hennessy that more black women than not have struggled with finding the perfect stylist. Our hair is exceptionally special and delicate, and it comes in a range of textures and lengths. Finding a professional stylist who knows what they're doing, can get you out of the chair in time for your funeral, AND who has prices that won't force you to choose between rent and beauty is a struggle. And this is why the Swivel app is heaven-sent for black women.
The Swivel app "meets all your haircare needs" with its salon locator feature. The app lists nearby salons with ratings and reviews from real customers. It links to the salon's Instagram so that you can see photos of the stylists' work, and sometimes customers leave photos of their finished looks in the reviews, too. It shows the average wait time, so you know before you book if you can get in and out, or if you need to bring a novel, the dictionary, and two days worth of food. I especially love that it shows the average price, too, and if you scroll down the salon services and prices are also listed. Another cool feature is the "Salon Info," so you know what exactly the salon specializes in: weaves, color, braids, natural hair, etc. You can pick your desired service from a drop-down menu before you even start scrolling through the salons. The app will then show you locations that specialize in the service you're seeking.
As of now, Swivel only lists salons in New York City, but its expanding to more cities this year!
Download it for free: iPhone; Android.