A number of apps can bring beauty professionals directly to your hotel, home or office with the push of a button. Bonus: the same day.

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Although I’m usually low-maintenance when I travel, there are occasions (special events, important meeting, date nights, etc.) that might warrant a little more effort.  Such was the case recently when I found myself in New York for a fancy-shmancy formal event and wanted a professional blowout.

Instead of looking for a blow dry bar, I decided to have a stylist come to me.  I booked a blowout with Glamsquad as it required the least amount of effort on my part.  The Glamsquad app shows real-time availability, which is really convenient for a last minute appointment. The app is for iPhones only but for android users, such as myself, you are also able to book via an online request form.  Using the website takes a little longer (2 hours) to confirm an appointment. 

Overall, my blowout was super easy to schedule and I was happy with the entire process. The only thing I had to do was make sure there was an available power outlet and have wet hair. I was especially satisfied with the results and the stylist. I asked her a little about what type of people typically use Glamsquad and was told it was a mix of travelers and busy locals. She did mention that many models and editors use the service during Fashion Week so it’s best to book ahead if you’re planning to use Glamsquad at that time.

Here are some details for the more popular beauty on demand apps:

Glamsquad www.glamsquad.com

  • Available in NYC, LA, Miami and Washington DC
  • Services include hair and makeup
  • Blowout $50 (more for updos), makeup $75
  • 20% gratuity automatically added to service fee

Drybar www.thedrybar.com

  • Locations include California, NYC, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington DC
  • Blowouts only
  • Price: Dry-on-the-Fly $95
  • App is not always consistent but can call (877) 379-2279 and press 2

TheStylisted www.thestylisted.com

  • Available in Chicago and NYC
  • Services include hair and makeup
  • Browse stylists and makeup artists and choose the best for you
  • Price points vary based on stylist

Priv www.gopriv.com

  • Available in NYC and LA…coming soon to London and San Francisco
  • Services include blowout, makeup, haircut, nail services, massage, pilates and personal training
  • Different price tiers available
  • Available within the hour

Madison Reed www.madison-reed.com

  • San Francisco Bay area… coming soon to NYC..enter zip code to check availability in your area
  • At home colorist and blowout $99

StyleBee www.stylebee.com

  • Available in LA, San Francisco and San Jose
  • Services include blowout, makeup and massage…eyelash extension and mani/pedi coming soon
  • Blowout $50 (more for updos), makeup $85, massages $120
  • 20% gratuity automatically added to service fee

Obviously, if you live or are traveling to NYC or LA you have the most options. The prices seem fairly reasonable for the services offered, especially considering the pros are coming to you. 

Tip: Check the internet for coupons as there are usually codes for 10-20% off some services.

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