Hey beauties, you know I love sharing that new new with you and today I have something that I find quit interesting. For all of my brown beauties I know that you can relate when I say that there is a lack of beauty resources for us. I also know that you can relate to the headache of finding a new stylist or a stylist to hook you up while you’re traveling. I’m also almost sure we all have at least one story of a referral gone wrong, be it hair, makeup or some other beauty service.
Yeah, I have shared many new apps and programs; and while they are okay, some of them miss the mark in some way when it comes to accommodating women of color. I know that we are a tricky bunch with so many beautiful hues of brown and lovely textures of hair but we are here and #BlackGirlMagic is always accompanied by a certain level of fly. With all of this in mind, I want to share with you the Urban Beauty Network.
The Urban Beauty Network is an online and mobile concierge service that provides brown beauties with referrals to beauty professionals who are capable of providing satisfactory services. This network was created out of the frustration that creator Rita Owens experienced as a woman of color, who like many of us, have experienced horrible referrals or a lack of resources while traveling.
Think of Urban Beauty Network as a combination of StyleSeat and GlamSquad that focuses on women of color. The portal allows users to filter and search beauty professionals in their area and book appointments. The site was designed to accommodate the everyday woman who wants to visit the salon and the woman who requires on site services. The website has a blog that offers an editorial look into new and exciting beauty products and the professionals who use them.
The Urban Beauty Network is not just great for consumers, it’s also great for beauty professionals. Urban Beauty Network offers a one stop online marketing space for professionals after a thorough investigation process is performed and passed. After being approved, professionals can position themselves among other élite beauty professionals around the country, this process opens up opportunities for them to expand their clientele in a unique way.
By now you beauties should know that I do my homework when I present these new things to you, and this one was no different. I like the concept as a whole and I think that the mobile app will make it all the better once it is released (it is coming soon). The only thing that will prove to be a headache is the fact that you can’t use the site fully until your registration is approved and for me it took a while (4 days). However, overall I think that this will be great as the network of professionals grow. Most of all, I thank Rita Owens for sprinkling her #BlackGirlMagic and making this possible.
Chime in ladies, have you had an opportunity to check out the Urban Beauty Network? Do you think that you would use the Urban Beauty Network as a customer or beauty professional?