Are you one of those highly skilled ladies who can use a curling iron without burning your hair, yourself and possibly any other person or small animal in your apartment? Can you blow out your hair, curl it and still get to a party on time? This post may not be for you.
This post is for the ladies, who like me, still cannot figure out how to use a curling iron and end up arriving very late to a party or wedding with burnt hair and rushed makeup. That is until I found GLAMSQUAD. GLAMSQUAD is an iPhone app and service that allows you to book a hairstylist or makeup artist who will come to your house and give you a blowout or glammed up look for any event. I know, that kind of service seems like something only an Oscar starlet could afford, but the best part about it all is that it's just as affordable as going to a salon - without ever having to get out of your robe! A blow dry and styling costs $50, a braid costs $75, and an up-do costs $85. Make up costs $75. You enter your credit card info when you book your appointment and they automatically add 20% gratuity, so no money has to be exchanged that day. (Hooray for not having to run out to the bodega ATM with wet hair!)
Yes, blow dry bars have existed for a while now, but sometimes you don't have time in your busy day to make a trip to a salon, and even when you do make that time you find that your blowout is undone by the subway ride home. GLAMSQUAD is perfect for busy women with packed calendars, new moms, or plain ol' lazy women like me. Because, trust me, it's really nice to be able to stay at home, sipping on tea in your slippers and get ready with your family, husband or friends around with your own music.
Jamie and I have used GLAMSQUAD many times this past year for a number of events. I used it for my 30th birthday dinner, my baby shower and a wedding and Jamie put it to good use for her brother's wedding. In that instance, GLAMSQUAD enabled her to get a 1 year-old ready for flower girl duties while still glamming herself up at the same time. I found that each time I used it, I had so much extra energy at each event because I had such a relaxing morning and didn't wear myself out running around the city to make appointments. Not only is the service super convenient, but the hairstylists have all been high quality since they vet and test each one before hiring them. I'm dying to try the makeup and hair combination for my first post-baby wedding, when I feel like I'll need a little extra help! GLAMSQUAD is only available in NYC, Los Angeles and Miami for now, but have plans to expand. I also hear they are going to start an at-home nail service soon too!
Here's how it works:
- Book an appointment on the app (or if you don't use an iPhone you can use their website) up to 2 weeks in advance. You can even book an appointment the same day if there are spots available. Choose either a blowout, a braid, an up-do, makeup, or hair and makeup. You can also choose if you want to book a blow out for 2 or 3 people.
- Choose from a hairstyle or makeup style from their style menu, or get a photo ready of what you want. I personally love their "weekender" style.
- Take a shower and plan to be out around 10-15 minutes before the appointment time. I usually find a comfy chair I'll want to sit in and place it in front of my mirror and make sure a plug is nearby. The stylists come with all the essentials - hairdryer, curling irons, straighteners, bobby pins and products so you don't have to worry about providing anything. My stylists have always arrived on time and have been super nice and cheerful (even at early call times).
- Enjoy your Oscar-worthy blowout or hairstyle! It should last at least 2 days!
Download the super simple to use app here
or make an appointment online here!
***UPDATE: The fine folks over at GLAMSQUAD are giving Chasing Saturdays readers $10 off their first blowout or service! Just download the app and enter CHASINGSATURDAY on the promotion page to receive your credit! (First time users only!)***
Here are a few past Oscar red carpet looks we love:
Don't you want to get all dressed up and go to a glamorous party now?!