It is 2018 the year of the black woman. We are stepping out in ways that our ancestors have only dreamed off, and to add fire to the flame Melanin women are displaying their magic in revolutionary ways, here at Werk Chic we are VERY proud of each women’s accomplishment!

We appreciate it so much that we want to share the trailblazers in the world of tech. Here’s a list of apps that we are in love with and can’t stop using, made by us…. For us!

Myavana– was created by women just like you who saw science and technology as a key to unlocking our hair’s potential. This app helps women find the right product for their hair without the trial and error. Chanel Martin and Candace Mitchell co-founders and one of Forbes 30 under 30 recipients have crafted their business from personal experience. Both were having a difficult time with products to help with strengthening and growing their hair. In 2012 at Georgia Tech, Chanel developed a prototype software and spent a lot of her time researching online “I remember taking a nap during that time God gave me a very detailed vision of what is now Myavana” (PolishedMagazine)
Check out Myavana’s site for prices and instructions on how to become a member and be on your way to better, healthier hair!

Plum Perfect– In 2014, Asmau Ahmed launched the Plum Perfect mobile application, to which users upload selfies and receive makeup shade recommendations that complement their skin color. “Like any woman, I love fashion and makeup, but my real interest has always been finding solutions to problems,” said Ahmed (WWD.com). After leaving Columbia Business School, Ahmed worked consistently on developing a technology that analyzes skin, lip, and eye color. In 2014 Ahmed launched Plum Perfect a color-analyzing technology and mobile app.

We Read Too– Created back in 2014 Kaya Thomas wanted diverse literature to be more accessible to find and more accessible. Growing up, Thomas saw an immense lack of representation in literature for kids of color. “I wanted there to be a better way for educators, guardians, librarians and community members to expose youth of color to books that have characters who look like them” (www.wereadtoo.com) Thomas also wanted to highlight and celebrate Black, Latina, Native and Asian authors who often aren’t in the spotlight. Visit WEREADTOO.com and share with members of your community!

Meld– The app was created by Raissa Tona and Wale Ayeni, graduates of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business saw a lax in the “black profesh” community. This app is to help Black professionals find love, and let’s be real (shall we??) it’s hard in these streets to find someone that is even partly on the same level as you. There are so many dating apps to choose from. How do you know that Meld is for you?
“On all the major dating sites—OkCupid, Match.com, and eHarmony—it’s the same story: Black people—including professionals—have the lowest response rate out of any group,” –Tona states
These two women have created something that will help find love or at least get close to it. You can find the app at meld-app.com.

I personally used all of these apps, and they are all geared to what I need in my life at this time. I applaud these women for their innovative minds and their dedication and sacrifice to create. Let’s continue to create whether it’s science, the arts or using our hands to build. Our daughters NEED these positive images, I wasn’t sure until researching these women that I needed these images too.

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”– Wilma Rudolph