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Beautified
Today I'd like...to be Kerry Washington. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

We New Yorkers are planners. We pencil in drinks weeks in advance and have already confirmed our weekend travel schedule for the next three months.

But then you have a god-awful day and just need someone to play with your hair. (That, and those long bobs have been haunting your dreams.)

Download Beautified--an iPhone app that lets you book day-before and day-of appointments at hard-to-get-into salons and spas in Manhattan.

First, select the treatment you want (haircuts, facials, manicures, massages and the like) and up pops an easy-to-browse list of openings nearby, complete with price and distance from you. Choose the spot that piques your interest (hello, John Barrett...) and a new page will show you the full info (location and map, treatment details and open appointment times). From there, booking is just a few quick taps (your credit card number is stored).

But the coolest feature of the app is also its newest: You can book, pay for and give a treatment to someone else. Your best girlfriend has a dream interview tomorrow? Buy her a blowout. She’ll receive an email with all the details and only has to show up (okay, and pay tip).

Plan all you like, but sometimes a spontaneous bangs chop is in order.

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