Read Our Founder Luke Lawal’s Message: Making this Moment a Movement

While the country is facing a deadly COVID-19 pandemic, racism continues to eviscerate the formation of any judicial system that would actually provide justice for all.  There has been a nationwide complacency about the civil liberties and the equality of African American citizens, especially Black men. 

Our CEO Luke Lawal tweeted a video of a passionately frustrated young Black man sharing his sentiments about the state of the country and what is needed to move forward. His final words were “we can’t make a change if y’all don’t change.”

We invite you to also check out Lawal’s letter to the Black community about taking steps toward progress.



Enough is enough. America is long overdue for equal rights, representation and justice. In 2011, Lawal started his first company, HBCU Buzz to fill a void he noticed in the education industry. In 2017, Lawal founded the app Taper, that prioritizes and empowers African American professionals to maximize their business potential. 

The Black community is the center of the L & Company’s brands and we understand the community sentiment that is inspiring protests and marches in each of the 50 states in America and in countries around the world. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, these safe spaces and Black businesses need our support. 

We are facing unprecedented times. We stand with the millions of people who are marching and protesting in America and in countries around the world.

Taper App Alpha -- Fresh Design and New Features

Taper Inc. has announced the highly anticipated release of its newly redesigned, alpha version, Taper App. 

After the initial beta launch in 2017, Taper, Inc. founder and CEO Luke Lawal Jr. made it his mission to study the industry, delivering a better product and prioritizing the user experience. He engaged barbers and beauty specialists, as well as customers in deeper conversations about their needs and concerns.  The industry is constantly shifting and concerns about consistent service, user-friendly booking apps, and the ability to capture new trends are on the forefront. 

The new Taper app offers an unparalleled experience for both professionals and customers. For professionals, the platform is customized with a simple interface allowing them to be their own boss, organize the workday and fill their books—whether store front or on-the-go. For customers, discovering professionals and booking appointments has never been easier. Customers can even explore new styles and trends without leaving the platform. The new and improved features for customers and professionals are numerous, beginning with an all-new homepage dashboard, but not limited to the ability to share salon and shop hours, social media handles, filter through appointment searches, and submit custom requests. 

To the barbers, beauticians and all appointment-driven beauty entrepreneurs, Taper is at your service. The user-friendly app accommodates professionals in five booming markets, as well as their clients. Now barbers, hair stylists, nail technicians, estheticians and makeup artists have a platform to show off their skills, manage their schedule and build their businesses all while accepting credit card payments, customer reviews and other hand crafted features.

There is even more to offer on the Taper website. Taper Cypher is a blog dedicated to those who want to stay updated and educated on trends, news and techniques in the beauty and grooming industries. There are helpful tips and comprehensive videos to guide you as you explore the world of hair, skin, style, and more. In addition, readers can discover the profiles of professionals that are spicing up grooming and beauty services with their own flavor. With these new developments and consistent updates, Taper is the premiere choice for scheduling and exploring aesthetics. 

Download the Taper app today on the App Store or Google Play.




Taper Releases New Blog, Taper Cypher

At Taper, we are beginning the summer with new releases starting with our blog site, Taper Cypher

The Taper Cypher is a mix of the old BET Rap cypher mixed with bars from beauty and grooming. It was created to give readers all the market changes, trends, tips, how to’s, business advice, and education for salon owners and independent beauty and grooming professionals. Now you can read up on all the new styles and trends to ask your barber or beautician about. Visit today. 


Taper: Bridging the Technology & Beauty Industry With All New Taper App Beta

LOS ANGELES, CA – Luke A. Lawal Jr., Founder & CEO of L & Company. announces his latest venture, Taper, a mobile app that revolutionizes the barbershop and hair salon experience. Taper allows users to search for the best barber or stylist in their area optimizing a location based search, services and user-generated reviews.

The Taper app is perfect for today’s grooming hustlers, as it is totally free to sign up, sole requirement is skill and ambition to grow a profitable business. Professionals can showcase their work through an online gallery that allows them to upload images after appointments.  In addition, professionals can manage their busy schedules using a calendar on the app, not to mention accept electronic payments from credit and debit cards. Thanks to Taper, stylists can maintain even more independence and eliminate the need for extraneous staff allowing them to take an active role in building their business whether they have a traditional chair in a physical storefront or not.

The market place for grooming is changing. Rather than having an appointment at a traditional shop, clients are turning more and more towards independent barbers and stylists. This app capitalizes on that trend, carving out a place in a rapidly growing market. Taper taps into the millennial obsession with technology and utilizes it to benefit both the client and stylist. Whether exploring new options in familiar areas, or exploring new areas looking for new options, barbers can reach a wider customer base and clients are exposed to stylists they otherwise may have never discovered.

Founder Luke Lawal’s mantra is “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time”.  His inspiration in creating this app was to streamline the barbershop experience ensuring that while patience may be necessary, it can still be productive and valuable.  As a business professional, Lawal is constantly searching for ways to optimize the industries that are integral, and Taper is a direct result of that passion. Taper is the latest brand to be added under the L & Company umbrella and it joins the popular media website, HBCU Buzz

Download the Beta version now on IOS through the Apple Store or for Android Google Play. For more information please visit