Juwan Bepo, Founder of Curly Tips, tells us about how her web app helps folks with naturally curly and afro-textured hair find videos online that specifically discuss their needs and care tips. Instead of spending money and perhaps months learning how to code to fit her needs, Bepo found Bubble and was able to create Curly Tips with all the features she wanted.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Curly Tips is a web application that connects people with naturally curly and afro-textured hair to the wealth of knowledge available in video tutorials. I want to provide a straightforward way for folks to explore techniques, styles, and products for their unique hair types. Amidst the thousands of hair videos and blog content available online, I know that it can be a challenge to find information that applies to each person’s specific hair needs. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to find the information they need based on their hair characteristics, styling choices, and product preferences.
How does your app work?
The user navigates to Curly Tips and lands on the Browse page where they can see all of the videos currently available on the platform. The user can apply any combination of filters to locate relevant content. The 4 available filters are Hair Type, Hair Density, Hair Length, and Tutorial Type. The user can also use the search bar in the header to find videos based on a particular style or technique. Finally, the user can click on each individual video title to see a list of brands and products used in the selected tutorial video.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I’ve been working in tech for 3 years now across different roles. I started my career working as a User Support Specialist and UI/UX Designer for a SaaS startup, and I currently work as a Product Manager for a VC-backed, beauty-tech startup. The idea for Curly Tips came about while I was volunteering in South Africa. For a year, I lived amongst teenage girls who wanted to learn how to better care for their natural hair, and I wanted to help them find relevant information quickly and alleviate the frustration that often accompanies learning how to care for afro-textured hair. My sister recommended Bubble to me back in 2017, when I initially came up with the idea for Curly Tips.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I initially wanted to learn how to code but when I discovered Bubble and learned how to use the platform with Bubble’s helpful onboarding tutorials, I knew that I would be able to design and develop Curly Tips in a faster and more cost-effective manner. Bubble allowed me to build Curly Tips for free, and I only upgraded to a paid subscription when I went live with Curly Tips. Bubble is especially great for designers who lack extensive coding experience. I designed Curly Tips in its entirety using Figma, a free web-based design platform. Once my Figma designs were complete, I was able to develop Curly Tips on Bubble exactly as I had designed it on Figma and that was so great!
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
I went live with Curly Tips in early September and received plenty of constructive feedback from close friends. The soft launch this year was a milestone in itself because I timidly launched the first iteration of Curly Tips in early 2018 and was too afraid of putting myself out there to tell many people. The feedback I received in September, however, has given me so much confidence and helpful direction as I continue developing new features for Curly Tips. I also recently secured my first contractor to begin creating original branded content for Curly Tips, which I’m super excited about!
What are your future plans for your app?
In the near future, Curly Tips will launch original video tutorials with everyday individuals and a blog featuring natural hair experts who can relay factual information directly to users. I will also enhance the overall user experience, including allowing users to create accounts and save videos. Eventually, I want to partner with reputable Black-owned, natural hair care brands to make sure users are aware of the awesome products created by our own community.
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