Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve got a smartphone. You also probably have goals for your hair in the coming new year, but didn’t know that you can use your phone to help you achieve your goals! Take a look at these mobile apps that can increase the length, strength and glow of your natural hair in 2015!
If you’re over your product junkie phase and would like to be more intentional with using paraben-free or all-natural products in your hair, then you should be well-versed with Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which includes health and environmental hazard ratings for thousands of beauty and hair products. While many smaller hair companies aren’t listed, you can find ratings for most items available at your local Target or drugstore. The app comes in handy when you’re trying to decide between two cheapie drugstore conditioners or if you don’t quite understand a product’s ingredients.
StyleSeat has become the affordable way to get your natural hair done by nearby hair stylists who may or may not be tied to hair salons. Best used for protective styles like braids, marley twists or crochet braids, you can quickly sort through stylists by proximity, speciality, likes and recommendations. I’ve used it myself to great satisfaction, but since you are paying less, expect less experienced stylists, who might take a bit more time than expected. If you have hair styling skills and are looking to expand your reach, create yourself a stylist account for free!
If you’re extra serious about tracking your hair’s progress in 2015, and scrolling through your Instagram selfies isn’t a reliable enough metric for you, then seriously consider downloading the free Hair Journal App on either IOS or Android. Created by a UK team of men and women, the Hair Journal App allows users to input their favorite hair products, upload images of their hair and hairstyles, track length checks on a calendar and even set goals based on hair length or health. The best part of the app is its customizable homepage, where you can indicate whether you have relaxed, texlaxed, texturized, transitioning, natural or loc’ed hair.
@TheNaturalCommunity is one of the many popular natural hair account on Instagram that posts awe-inspiring images of naturalistas around the world, and they have created a mobile app to make the community bigger than Instagram. With tutorials, videos, advice articles and product recommendations, the app is a great way to access a ton of natural hair information on your phone (aside from scrolling through old posts on BGLH in your browser). Unfortunately, it seems that the app has been taken off the market for the time being, but we hope it comes back or that a similar one gains enough ground.
Honorable Mention: Natural Hair Magazines on Mobile Devices
There are quite a few e‑magazines about natural hair that you can access via your phone or tablet for more article reading, style inspiration and product recommendations — Beautiful Natural Hair Magazine, Embrace Magazine, HoneyBeNatural Magazine, and Neno’s Naturals Queen of Kinks, Curls, & Coils Magazine just to name a few. Some require paid subscriptions like print magazines, but you can expect a regular fix of well-curated content to get move you along your hair journey.
Do you plan to use mobile apps to help you with your natural hair journey next year?