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  • Simplifying the search for black hair stylists
  • Simplifying the search for black hair stylists
    Bantu (2016) ©
CASE STUDY

Bantu: flipping the black hair industry on its head

For women of colour, finding a nearby stylist within a reasonable price range can seem like a near-impossible task. The Bantu app offers a solution for people seeking care for their ‘kinky, coily, and curly hair’, providing them with access to prices, available styles and reviews in their area.

Location United States

Scope
Over the past century, the ways in which women of colour find hair stylists have barely changed. They call up their friends for referrals, students email affinity groups to learn about the best salon in their college town, and many other women are left to browse Google with varying levels of success. Ottawa-based Bantu is aiming to make finding a suitable stylist quicker and easier, connecting users with hairdressers in their area based on distance, styles and desired price range.

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