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.