Ladies! Massive news. To quote Lauren via Annie Lennox, sistaaaas are doing it for themselves! On April 24th, me, Devon/Brownie and Lauren are launching hotspitdesigns.com, the first and only daily deal website (a’la Groupon or Living Social) catering exclusively to black/ethnic hair salons. Yeah, you heard me. Members can buy 50% to 80% off services at the sexiest black salons on the planet — we’re talking Hair Rules Salon, Miss Jessie’s Salon, Amoy Couture Hair — 5-star hair hotness, ladies. And we’ve got every kind of salon covered, from weave meccas to the dopest natural spots. We’re launching in NYC first, but then we’re branching out to maj cities like DC, Houston, the ATL (perhaps we can partner with Phaedra’s Phantasy Phunerals?).
Here’s how it happened. At home in Virginia for some holiday, the three of us were sitting around, no doubt watching Dance Mom reruns or somesuch (why does Abby say “coshtumes?’), and we realized we’d spent forty-five minutes deconstructing our hair’s various stages of bustedness. Lina Bobina and Baby Elle, Brownie’s 11-month-old bambina, had torn the family room to shreds and we hadn’t even noticed. Hair. It’s that distracting and urgent! The conversation:
Brownie: My hair is falling out in the front. See it? No right here. That post-pregnancy thing no one tells you about. I look like an insane person.
Laur: No, I look like an insane person. Actually, I look like Frederick Douglass. Whyyy did I cut my hair into a bob, myself?
Our mom, two-cents’ing it from the kitchen: Frederick Douglass was quite handsome.
Brownie: You cut your own hair ’cause everybody’s broke and it’s a DIY world.
Me, not reading the room: I just went to a fancy salon for a story, and they comped my haircut. Don’t you love it? Couldn’t you die?
Glares. Then lightbulbs!! I have all this hair salon access as a beauty editor…why not bring it to the masses? No one has money these days, let’s be honest. But everyone needs dope hair. And whether you’re rocking a natural, a weave, a blowout, braids, a wig, locs, or something in-between — every black and brown chick we know is constantly on a quest to find their new favorite stylist/salon. So we decided that, as hair matchmakers, we’d offer up affordable services to you to make your lives easier (and more glam). With Brownie’s skills as a genius entertainment/corporate attorney, and Lauren’s veteran online editor swag (deputy editor at The Root #getintoit), we could really make it awesome. And lo, The Fly Cut was born!
The Fly Cut is membership-based, so you must, must, must sign up to have access to the deals! Click here to join — and feel free to tweet, FB and email the link to every woman you’ve ever met in your life. See you in a month, when we launch with our first featured salon, Miss Jessie’s Soho. Happy hair salon hunting!