There are now applications for spa and beauty salons, which deliver professional services at less-than-salon prices directly to our doors.
By Melissa Thompson
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
We have smartphone apps for food delivery, taxi rides and entertainment. Now, we have applications for spa and beauty salon services. These trailblazers combine modern technology with the traditional services we love to enhance relaxation and beauty treatments by delivering professional services at less-than-salon prices directly to our doors.
Zeel: the same-day, at-home massage
Imagine an affordable, professional and customized massage delivered on-demand. Silicon Alley veteran Samer Hamadeh has made this a reality for New Yorkers through Zeel , a service that offers reasonably-priced, high quality, at-home massages ($120-$130 for 60-minutes, $175 for 90 minutes). Download the free app, select your gender preference, a time window, and a style (Swedish or deep tissue), and Zeel’s team is on the job. Within hours, a Zeel-vetted and licensed massage therapist will arrive equipped with a table, massage oils and a playlist that transforms any apartment into a Zen retreat.
Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Zeel offers at-home couples massages as well as gift certificates.
(Shhh! Exclusive for readers: use code ZEELNYDN upon sign-up to receive $25 off your first at-home massage or Zeel gift certificate.)
(www.zeel.com, free app in the iTunes and Android store)
Madison Reed: the $29.95 at-home virtual hair salon
Salon-quality hair coloring is expensive and time-consuming. Current at-home hair treatments fall flat in quality and lack service. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Amy Errett created Madison Reed with the help of industry experts and advice from hair luminaries, including celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger. The result is a product that achieves the nearly-impossible trifecta: a reasonable price, professional guidance with at-home convenience, and a personalized color formula that yields multi-tonal depths of color without the chemicals of traditional off-the-shelf hair color products.
Meet Madison Reed: The next generation of at-home, salon-quality color treatment. It’s handcrafted in Italy, available in 27 shades, and is the only at-home solution that is also used in salons. Madison Reed’s all-in-one kit with its accompanying “virtual colorist” will leave your hair healthier, more vibrant, and shinier through its ammonia-free dye and the guidance of a remote colorist on call at no extra cost. In Manhattan and San Francisco, Madison Reed will also send a colorist in person to you for color consultation and application assistance. We can hardly think of a better bet for $29.95 and 45 minutes of time.
Upload photos to Madison Reed’s free smartphone app and a professional colorist will provide color consultations on-demand through live web chat or over the phone. “Talk through” the color treatment steps with the technology’s voice-enabled virtual assistant, and follow with the kit’s nutrient-rich shampoo and conditioner. In under an hour, prepare to be astonished at your own handiwork as the app presents before-and-after photos.
(Available for purchase at www.madison-reed.com, free app in the iTunes and Android stores)
The Color Genius for L’Oréal Paris
Find yourself always applying the same color palette when it comes to your cosmetics? Mix it up with professional recommendations straight from your smartphone. The Color Genius helps users find their ideal cosmetic combination to coordinate with an outfit or a mood. Just snap or upload a photo of your outfit, choose “day” or “night,” and The Color Genius will show you matches, blends, and complementary colors for trendy combinations without the hassle of asking an in-store stylist.
(Free app in the iTunes or Android stores)
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