From a new way to book your blowouts to a virtual visit to the dermatologist, you are going to want to download these ASAP.
COURTESY OF BEAUTYNOW
Hoping to design the "Open Table of the beauty world," Houston, Texas-based attorney, blogger, and mom Kathleen Jennings launched BeautyNow, a new age booking app that covers everything from hair cuts to manicures to spa treatments, in spring 2014. To differentiate BeautyNow from the countless other scheduling apps on the market, Jennings enlisted the help of some local tech titans to create an entirely new booking system. Unlike most apps, which require users to request an appointment within the app that then must be confirmed by the salon, BeautyNow has partnered with some 5,000 salons across the country to implement a new scheduling system that is fully integrated both in app and in salon. The result? A sleek and user-friendly experience that makes finding a last minute appointment in just about any U.S. city a cinch.
2. The Glam App
COURTESY OF THE GLAM APP
For those who wish to be primped and pampered from the comfort of their own home, or office, or just about anyplace under the sun, The Glam App offers makeup applications, hair styling (think blowouts, braids, and up dos), and manicures (pedicures are in the pipeline!) delivered straight to your door. Currently available in Orange County, Los Angeles, and New York—with dozens more cities to follow—the app was created by actress and fashion blogger Cara Santana and hair/makeup artist Joey Maalouf to serve as a "virtual agency" for hair stylists, makeup artists, and nail technicians of all backgrounds.
Services start at $40, and pricing is based on the experience level of the stylist (i.e. a "beachy waves" blowout with a "beginner"—someone just out of beauty school—is $40, while the same service with a "VIP"—a stylist with 5+ years of experience—is $80). With quick turnaround times and loads of hair and makeup inspiration available via the app, think of The Glam App as the Uber of beauty.
COURTESY OF BEAUTY CHAT
Want to create the perfect smoky eye or up do for a special night out but don't have time to visit a professional? Beauty Chat by HiLovely is here to help. While not technically an app, Beauty Chat is the latest digital venture from Matana LePlea—the brain behind California's Lashfully beauty lounges andHiLovely, an app that brings beauty services straight to your home or office. Beauty Chat takes the idea of HiLovely's at-home primping a step further with users scheduling one-on-one live video chats with experts who can assist with anything from brow shaping to braiding to creating the perfect no makeup makeup look. After booking an appointment on hilove.ly, the user receives an email from their stylist outlining the products and tools they will need to create their desired look. A 30-minute tutorial costs $30 and is available all day, every day for anyone with an internet connection and webcam.
COURTESY OF SPRUCE
The average wait time to see a dermatologist in the United States is upwards of 30 days. Ray Bradford, a Stanford grad who did a stint at Amazon before being named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List, is trying to change that. Enter Spruce, Bradford's app that seeks to bring the doctor's office straight to your mobile device. Currently available in California, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania, the app connects users to some of the country's leading board-certified dermatologists to discuss skin concerns ranging from acne to aging to hair loss.
Patients are asked to share photos of their concern via the app and answer a series of case-specific questions about their condition before selecting a physician for their case. For $40, the app guarantees a 24-hour turnaround time, and users receive an in-depth diagnosis and treatment plan from their doctor. Also included in the fee: 30 days of messaging with the doctor and the support of Spruce staff who can help coordinate prescriptions and office visits—should an in-person appointment be deemed necessary.
COURTESY OF MYSKIN
Drawing on the power of crowd sourcing, mySkin is an app that has created a community of beauty enthusiasts looking to determine the best skin and hair care products for their particular needs. After taking the app's "Skin Assessment," which considers everything from skin tone and texture to preferred skincare ingredients, users are given product recommendations and matched with a "SkinTwin," with whom they can discuss skin issues and regimens. There is also a robust discussion board on which users debate the efficacy of products and address various concerns.
Next up from mySkin is a device called OKU. Launching in July, but available for pre-order now, the OKU is a square scanner (about the size of an iPad charger) that uses visible light to photograph up to 2 millimeters beneath the surface of the skin. The device syncs with a mobile app that combines users' answers to a series of lifestyle questions with the photos to create a "SkinScore." Users are then given recommendations ranging from getting more sleep to using products with certain ingredients to help improve skin health.