Site Spotlight: StyleSeat

(Source: StyleSeat; Katie Woods, Skin Remedy SF) If you’re looking for a new hairstylist, massage therapist, esthetician or personal trainer, you could send a mass email to friends and cross your fingers for at least one good suggestion, or spend hours online browsing multiple sites and searching terms such as “best eyebrow tinter for brunettes.” A simpler option, however, would be to visit StyleSeat.

Founded by Melody McCloskey in 2011, the San Francisco-based site serves as a platform for booking beauty and wellness appointments in more than 15,000 cities across the U.S. By providing a singular digital space for professionals to tout their services, StyleSeat streamlines the process of finding the ideal pro to meet your grooming needs—whether you’re looking for a manicurist in L.A. or a makeup artist in Columbia, S.C.

(Source: StyleSeat; Nicole Kircher, Calista Salon; Morgan A. Dixon, Hawthorn Salon) A stress-relief massage with Adele A. of NYC’s Yin Healing Arts (30 minutes $45), a custom facial from Beauty Therapy’s Devon Johnson in San Francisco (60 minutes $130) and a haircut by Martín Lopez of Dallas’s PIN Salon ($95) are among the thousands of bookable services. Additionally, the site features tons of photos (so you can see a stylist’s fishtail-braiding skills before you commit) and exclusive discounts.

(Source: StyleSeat/iTunes) In keeping with its convenience-enhancing model, StyleSeat recently launched an app that lets you book appointments on your mobile device. GPS enabled, it filters searches based on your location and, like the website, allows you to correspond with professionals via direct messaging. There's both an Apple and an android version, so it's compatible with most devices.

Efficient beauty browsing for all.
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