The app makes barber services at your fingertips

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The app makes barber services at your fingertips


The co-founders of Nywele Nyumbani, from left Mercy Kiptui the CEO, Victor Mungai the CTO and Yvonne Elabonga. PICTURES | BOWL

Summary

  • After downloading the app from Google Play Store, you can simply log in and start browsing.
  • Users can see different hairstyles offered and then they are connected with a beautician who can provide them with the exact style they have chosen.
  • The innovator claims that his platform is gaining more and more popularity due to the convenience it brings.

Three graduates have teamed up to help customers connect with hairdressers at the touch of a button.

Mercy Kiptui, Yvonne Elabonga and Victor Mungai, say they came up with the idea to solve the problems of finding a hairdresser, especially in Nairobi.

The app is called Nywele Nyumbani app.

“I am a passionate entrepreneur who enjoys using technology to solve problems,” says Ms. Kiptui, an electronics engineering graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat).

She says they conceived the idea in 2019, but started implementing it last year.

“We are three co-founders of the application. Each of us took time and effort to bring Nywele Nyumbani to life,” says Ms. Kiptui.

“I am the overseer of various departments. In addition, I am in charge of partnerships and strategy. Elabonga is the head of operations, while Mungai is in charge of technical development,” she says.

She says the idea came about after having a conversation about technology with a friend.

“A friend told me that she wanted to solve problems using technology. We started the conversation and I pitched the idea of ​​the hairstylist app. The rest, as they say, is history,” says Ms. Kiptui.

After downloading the app from Google Play Store, you can simply log in and start browsing. Users can see different hair styles offered and then they are connected with a beautician who can provide the exact style they have chosen.

“We had over 100 downloads. We can connect customers to the most suitable service providers and earn a small fee in the process,” she says.

“Clients can purchase services from our platform. On top of that, shipping is free and we are currently offering a complementary beauty consultation by our in-house team.

She adds, “The great thing about the app is the transparency; clients are able to see the time required to complete a look and the cost of labor that will be required to complete it.

The cost of their services starts from Sh300.

Hairstylists have their own portal, from where they can upload their work and styles. Ms. Kiptui says their stylists go through a thorough process of vetting, training and onboarding to ensure standards are met.

The innovator claims that his platform is gaining more and more popularity due to the convenience it brings.

“We offer comfort and convenience. Home services allow you to experience the little things that matter while being pampered. You are served in an environment that is familiar to you,” says Ms. Kiptui.

Initially, they encountered some difficulties.

“Initially, adapting the app and platform to a client was a daunting task, but with the constant cycles of iteration we went through, following human-centered design, we were able to create something that users really want,” she says. .

“We’re basically a virtual salon and wherever you need our services, as long as we’re in your area, we’ll come to you,” says Ms. Kiptui, noting that most of their clients are in urban areas.

“As we grow, we intend to bring quality beauty services to rural areas. We plan to expand to the whole of Kenya and beyond. We look forward to expanding into Africa over the next two years as we adapt to the beauty demands of today’s modern woman,” she adds.

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