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The Fly Cut! The Fly Cut!

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?).

When we were little, we spent our time rehearsing Mary Jane Girls songs and Flashdance choreo. Today, the goals are loftier -- but we'd be happy to perform "My House" at your next function.

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.

He was.

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!

Who's allowing these girls to go into business together?

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!


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  1. DWills78
    March 22, 2012 3:43 pm 


  2. laurwillshar
    March 22, 2012 5:10 pm 

    I feel like this whole post was an excuse to tell everyone I’m rocking the Frederick Douglass.

    • twilliams
      March 22, 2012 5:21 pm 

      A lil bit.

  3. March 22, 2012 7:52 pm 

    You three are adorable! Reminds me to call my sister after this comment. I so hope you add Chicago to your list & soon, seems as big as we are, we’re still the last to get the fly ‘ish first. After NY & LA that is, and sometimes Miami… but great biz venture girls… congrats to all of you! And your mom is right, tho I hadn’t really looked at Frederick Douglass that way till now.. and don’t feel bad Lauren, this bun on my head is fighting my Goody band for all it’s worth, if it busts loose, I’ll go from slicked back Diana Ross album cover to Buckwheat in seconds flat. Seriously dreadful.

    • Nicole
      March 23, 2012 12:59 pm 

      CO-SIGN!! Please add Chicago!!!

  4. March 23, 2012 5:39 pm 


  5. March 26, 2012 10:42 pm 

    Woot! Can’t wait til it makes its way to Houston. And, you ain’t said nothing but a word. Indeed, everybody is BROKE, and it is definitely a DIY-kind of world. That’s why I love this blog. So frickin’ relatable! No training wheels, no chaser… just straight up!

  6. Valerie
    March 27, 2012 5:24 am 

    No Chicago salons? Tia I’m shocked. We like to be fly in Chi too. No pun intended lol.

  7. Leslie C
    March 28, 2012 3:53 am 

    I love the idea. Can you please roll it out to Los Angeles?