Beauty Parlor Are Still Too Sacred for the Tech World to Take Over

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There’s one location of living that the tech giants cannot draw from us and it’s our valuable beauty parlor.

A brand-new WWD report goes into the factors financiers and designers have actually been sluggish to make loan with at home and “concierge beauty” services like Priv, Vive and Vênsette– all which are foreign to me– in part, since clients still desire the experience of conventional stores. A when appealing pattern has actually hence ended up being mainly a loser up until now:

Early on, investor got on a handful of native-to-mobile on-demand appeal start-ups that permitted a variety of services to be carried out in a customer’s house at the push of a button. “Low overhead” and “services in the comfort of your home” were amongst the terms tossed around at the start of the trend– viewed advantages of an appeal company living entirely online.

“People are lazy” was the thinking.

But business from Bonobos to Bauble Bar quickly discovered that challenges– brand name awareness and consumer acquisition expenses, amongst them– made an off-line existence needed, if not compulsory.

Despite the evident benefit of an on-demand service, there are a variety of aspects at play, and a significant one is prices. There’s no advantage to a digital service that costs more than merely scheduling a visit at your community hair salon. WWD notes, as an exception, the popular service Glamsquad, which provides flat costs (i.e. $50 for a blowout). Nevertheless:

Vênsette’s $100 blowouts were too pricey for the majority of clients– however Glamsquad damaging brick-and-mortar rival rates to develop a consumer base isn’t really sustainable either.


Labor expenses and logistics for appeal organisations have the tendency to decrease the opportunities of long-lasting success in the online “space.” So these digital services have actually discovered it hard to land and keep clients, particularly in contrast to other on-demand markets like Uber and Lyft. WWD notes:

The distinction, however, is that users do not care who their Uber chauffeur is; they do, nevertheless, appreciate who is styling their hair or using their makeup.

“It’s a very personal relationship… and if there’s a desire to repeat with a specific service provider, should you like them, you can’t. With a Glamsquad, you don’t understand who you’re getting [to style your hair], and if you like the person it’s really easy to establish a relationship and offer to pay them off platform,”[investor Clara] Sieg stated.


Any regular hair salon visitor understands the battle of salon-hopping to discover a reputable stylist who really “gets” your hair. This was particularly tough for me years ago when I vacated my mama’s home to a house in Astoria, Queens, where I could not discover a regional hair salon that specialized or perhaps comprehended black hair textures. I end up getting routine perms at a Brazilian area, which was great however not the exact same, then I went natural.

Predictably, there’s underdevelopment in the online appeal concierge “space” for black clients. Debra Shigley, creator of the at home hair salon app Colour, based in Atlanta, informs WWD, “The black hair discussion is so complex, we’re still so many leaps and bounds away for many investors understanding it. This is something that’s a chore in women of color’s lives and a problem that’s existed for centuries and it’s not going away. There’s frankly been no innovation here whatsoever.”

Last year, I found an app called Swivel (this is not a recommendation) and utilized it to reserve a hair-braiding visit– the stylist was incredible, however I have actually not utilized the app considering that. Rather, I can simply text my hair-braider to see me. I likewise still have yet to discover a reputable hair salon and stylist for my natural hair. I ‘d like if a hairstylist would simply pertain to me, however initially I would require a big sink and, likewise, area and to understand that individual will not destroy my hair.


Investors in the concierge start-ups are confident that clients will come. The WWD piece keeps in mind that these online services usually need to offer appeal items in combination to make income. Marta Plana Cros, creator of The Ritualist, recommends that on-demand appeal may simply function as a supplement to conventional services, which sounds about right:

“That’s not the case. On-demand services are complementary to traditional treatments. On-demand is usually better in terms of convenience — you’re at home, relaxed — while traditional locations deliver a more sophisticated experience,” Plana Cros stated.

Physical beauty parlor are still the wave. You hold onto it when you discover a great one. Teyana Taylor exposed strategies to open among her own, a ’90 s-themed nail hair salon in Harlem called Junie Bee Nails. “I want to continue to create great opportunities for my community and our talented youth!!” she composed on Instagram. “The vision is crazy! I’m talking everything from Dapper Dan style Uni’s, to Door Knockers, Bamboo earrings, baby hairs, Airbrushed nails, 54’11’s and all that other fly shit!”

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