I love technology!
As recently as maybe 7 years ago, if you were looking for a natural hair salon in your neck of the woods, you’d have to resort to word of mouth or ye olde Yellow Pages, followed by a whole bunch of interrogative phone calls.
Then came the advent of natural hair forums and sites – on sites like Nappturality and Treasured Locks, on numerous Ning sites, and even right here on this blog, readers swapped and requested salon info. This post on natural hair salons has been one of my most popular posts since 2007! And people continue to leave info on it to this day.
Now there’s a new way to find a natural hair salon, and you can do it on the go. If you’ve got an iPhone or BlackBerry, do yourself a favor and check out GoNappturale.
One of the apps’ creators, Danesha Sapp, reached out to me to explain the genesis of GoNappturale.
“I feel it is extremely significant simply because of the fact that there aren’t many (if any at all) apps in either the iTunes or BB World app store that cater specifically to women of color. GoNappturale is an urban salon finder, which locates black full service and natural hair salons. You can search for a natural hair salon specific to your location, receive contact info, as well as driving directions via turn by turn or map. All of which are done native to your mobile device, your iPhone or Blackberry. Users are never sent to 3rd party sites, and our app produces info/content directly from Google Maps.
Currently, myself along with 2 developers are working frantically on several projects regarding Facebook, iPhone, and Blackberry apps that cater to us. As black women, our spending per annum rivals those of small countries and if mobile developers do not want to focus on that significance then I believe we need to start from within our own tech communities.”
I SO agree with Danesha, and I hope this is just the beginning! Maybe someday there’ll be an Afrobella app, too! Hey, a bella can dream right?
Will you download GoNappturale? If you’re interested, click here to check it out, find a salon, or even add your own salon info!