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Best beauty apps for a hair and beauty professional

Posted on 8th December 2015 by PROinsider



Salon Iris

Price: 30-day free trial, then a subscription starts
What is it?
Manage your appointment book, client information, product sales and credit-card transactions from one place – and while on the go! It even works if you just rent a chair or booth. If that isn’t enough, there are 25 comprehensive business reports, from salon sales to product inventory levels, to make sure the salon is running smoothly. 
Find out more here.


 
Hair Expert by Schwarzkopf Professional

Price: Free
What is it?
Show clients just how much you care with this app from Schwarzkopf Professional, which helps you suggest ways to keep their tresses glossy and healthy – whatever their hair is like. With more than one million hair profiles, all with the appropriate Schwarzkopf Professional diagnosis, the app allows you to offer individual state-of-the art hair care. As well as product information and brand videos, it even has a client database so you can give your clients a reminder if their hair is due some TLC.
Find out more here

 



OPI

Price: Free
What is it?
Do you ever have clients who spend half of their appointment deciding on a shade? Well, this app will save you time by speeding up that process – so, if there is a shade the client just can’t make their mind up about, find it on the app, adjust the skin tone and nail length on the digital hand model and let your client virtually try it on for size. You can also keep up with the latest news and collections from the OPI team via the app’s Facebook tab.
Find out more here
 


L’Oréal Professionnel USA

Price: Free
What is it?
This is every hair colourist’s dream – an educational app, offering advice and tips for all your hair colour queries. There are tools to check compatibility of tones, levels of underlying pigment and coverage of white, as well as a digital timer. There are also videos, training programmes and quizzes to make sure your colour knowledge doesn’t fade. What really makes this app stand out is the LP Connect Online Community feature, where you can share your work and ideas, learn from other professionals, and chat about the latest looks, events and education.  
Find out more here.
 


Ruuby

Price: Free
What is it?
This London-based beauty concierge offers clients a one-stop-shop for booking appointments with their favourite salons, spas and beauty therapists. Clients can book last-minute appointments, which will help you if you suffer a late cancellation, as well as regular appointments and packages. They can also buy treatment gifts for friends via the app, which will help increase your clientele. Clients can also post feedback on their appointment to ensure you’re on top of your game – what a brilliant opportunity to promote your services.
Find out more here.
 

 
BaByliss Beauty Emoji

Price: Free
What is it?
OK, this app may not be the most life-changing – it’s a collection of industry players re-imagined as emojis ­– but the PROinsider team has downloaded this and we can’t stop speaking in BaByliss hair emojis! Great fun if you’re a salon owner with a Facebook page.
Find out more here.
 


Wahl Professional

Price: Free (apart from the videos)
What is it?
This is pretty much a bible for all barbers – with tips, tricks and tons of how-to videos, your clipper skills will remain razor-sharp. There’s a cutting directory and also downloadable handouts, so the app is perfect for barbering students too.  
Find out more here.
 

Make your own app!

Why not get your own app? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs to create one – there’s an app solution called Gappt that can help! As well as allowing guests to book appointments during gaps in the week, it also enables the salon to push notifications to directly market spaces, offers and news to clients. Matthew Luke Professional launched its app through Gappt – have a look here. 
Find out more here. 
 
Has your salon got an app? Tell us below! 
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