May 8, 2014 @ 1:55 pm
In a perfect world, we’d all have copious amounts of time to get our hair professionally coiffed, our nails meticulously polished, our eyebrows (and other hair that we won’t mention) plucked and waxed—the list is endless.
Booking and going to those beauty maintenance appointments used to be a hassle but a slew of new beauty service apps and sites have made things much more convenient. With the click of a button (or a swipe!), you can book any number of desired services and then just wait for your professional to ring your doorbell! Here are our faves:
Founder Anna Santeramo started the app to help busy women book services at times that would work with anyone’s schedule, including last-minute appointments. With Stylebee, you can schedule an appointment at your home or office in as little as 2 hours. The app then matches you up with a Stylebee professionals nearby, who then bring their own tools to do the job at your requested location for a fee. The services currently offered are: blowout ($ 50), updo ($ 85), makeup ($ 85), and massage ($ 150) in San Francisco or Los Angeles, with New York launching soon. It’s available for download on iPhone or Android.
Best friends and co-founders Lauren Katzberg and Julia Carmona bonded over a shared conundrum while getting their M.B.A.s at the University of Chicago—as women of a certain age, the number of weddings each had to attend piled up and they often needed to get their hair and makeup done prior to the weddings. They found booking a talented stylist to be a challenge and were unwilling to endure one more makeup counter experience gone wrong. Thus, Katzberg and Carmona built TheStylisted.com—an online platform that allows you to book in-home hair styling and makeup application from a network of vetted beauty professionals. It’s currently available in New York and Chicago and will be available in Los Angeles in October. Prices vary depending on stylist and service.
For those of you fashion fiends who want to recreate fashion’s hottest makeup or hair trends, what’s a better place to turn to than Paris? Get excited: The city’s hottest beauty booking app, Byoutik, is finally launching in the U.S.! They’re coming to the New York area this fall, and have plans to expand into other cities. The app aims to help users experience star treatment with personal pampering sessions. You can book anything from manicures, haircuts, waxing, makeup application, and massages (or all of the above!). Appointments can be done with trends like statement hair (think braids or the wet look), nail art (like 3D accents), and crazy makeup (try bedazzled eyes).
For even more beauty house-call apps pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download May 16.