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The Easy—and Smart—Way to Book Appointments

Joanna Douglas

The Easy—and Smart—Way to Book Appointments

There’s been a wave of apps, websites, and services that bring makeup artists, hair stylists, and even manicurists right to you. Beauty pros will pop into your cubicle or apartment to get you ready for a big night out. And sure, it’s awesome in a pinch, but isn’t the best part about getting your hair or nails done going to an actual salon and feeling pampered in a fancy atmosphere? As a reminder of the magic of spa days, here’s a convenient run-down of the most helpful apps and scheduling tools to book appointments at quality locations and really get your money’s worth.

Styleseat

If there’s any doubt about the popularity of salon booking services, know that this one, the OpenTable of grooming, scheduled over 5.5 million appointments last year. The best part of this app is browsing photos directly from stylists and makeup artists so you can check out the result and find someone who gets your style.

Where: Nationwide in nearly 15,000 cities.

Schedulcity

In addition to beauty treatments, you can also book a chiropractor, personal trainer, yoga class, tanning session, or life coach. Consider this your one-stop shop for appointments.

Where: US and Canada

Spafinder

From beauty to nutrition to fitness, this go-to site has accumulated a database of over 20,000 spas worldwide in the past 25 years. Have a vacation or special occasion coming up? Enter your zip code and away you go. 

Where: Worldwide

Beautified

If you follow DJ/socialite Hannah Bronfman on Instagram you know how much she cares about eating healthy food and maintaining a tip-top physique. Her app is an extension of her fab style and beauty routine, with cool, hand-picked salon offerings from Bronfman and co-founders Annie Evans and Peter Hananel. Choose from options like makeup applications, hair treatments, and fitness classes.

Where: New York and Los Angeles, with plans to expand. 

BeautyBooked

Two former L’Oreal execs launched this 24/7 booking site after a fruitless search for last-minute services. As a member, every time you schedule appointments, write reviews, or invite your friends, you’ll earn points you can redeem for services and beauty products. Thanks to a new partnership with Allure you can read editor reviews (when applicable), or schedule appointments from Allure.com’s Salon & Spa Booker to pull from their own reliable beauty directory.

Where: New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami, nationwide by the end of the year.

Vagaro

This site specializes in all things hair. With over 6,000 salons and spas in their system, you’ll find under-the-radar gems reviewed by users, as well as local deals at your fingertips. Like the Zagat guide for hair, the best locations receive five stars for service, value, punctuality, and overall favorability.

Where: US, UK, and Australia

Lifebooker

An industry pioneer, this site has grown to a library of over 75,000 member reviews. Use the app to book highly discounted appointments for everything from quick manis to laser skin treatment packages. If you’re on a budget, search by price range and review your service to receive credit towards your next one.

Where: 25 cities nationwide, and Toronto, Canada.