Time is a priceless commodity these days. When you’re trying to squeeze in some me time, it can seem almost impossible.
I recently had the opportunity to try a new scheduling app called MyTime that you can book salon and spa (and many other services) directly from your phone or via the web. I’ll be honest, I usually do all the legwork myself from searching area spas and salons, to looking up their menu’s and pricing to researching reviews. Sometimes I’ll begin the process only to get distracted among all those steps and then put it off another day. Then that haircut that I needed at week 6 suddenly becomes week 10. (I get distracted really easily.) I was willing to give MyTime a shot to see how it all worked.
To start, on the MyTime homepage you can either look for local spas and salons based on a specific location (say Scranton, PA) or based on your current location by allowing the app to ping the GPS in your phone (so that’s great if you are traveling and not really familiar with the area.) I went with the city near me and specifically put “haircut” in the search. MyTime generated a list of places that offered hair cuts, along with star ratings (either from yelp or directly in the MyTime system) and some showed pricing. I liked that the list showed me places I knew of and others I didn’t. I also liked that when you click on a spa, the next page automatically brings up their menu, pricing, link to the reviews, address and Google map, phone number, hours of operation, as well as the opportunity to choose who you wanted to book with.
To try out the MyTime App, I chose Lavish Body & Home located in Scranton, PA. This is my favorite place to get my hair cut, although it can be kind of pricey if you are only getting a trim ($40.) I selected Lisa from the dropdown box and then clicked Cut and Style. (Shout out to Lisa, who always does an amazing job on my hair!) It then brings you to another page to select dates and times. On this page you should select a range of dates and times, especially if you know the particular salon is a busy one.
Next you punch in your contact info, as the concierge at MyTime will be the ones contacting the salon to book your appointment and once confirmed, will send you an email confirmation and an Add to Calendar (outlook, Google, etc.) link. For me, the day and time I selected, Lisa was not available, so the MyTime team quickly emailed me to give me a list of other dates and times she could get me in. I quickly selected another timeframe and within an hour they emailed back a confirmation. I added it to my Google Calendar via the email and simply waited for the appointment. The day before my scheduled appointment, MyTime sent me a reminder email.
After my appointment, I received a follow-up email to rate the spa that I had visited, which I did. When you create a profile on MyTime, it keeps track of how many businesses you book services with through the app. Book appointments at 3 different businesses on MyTime, and they’ll pay for the 4th business! After your appointment they’ll send you reimbursement up to $50 (via PayPal or a check.) I definitely like that perk because I can essentially get myself a free service elsewhere or if it were for a pricier spa treatment, it could be like getting a large discount.
Overall, my experience was a good one. I really liked the ability to see everything in one place, I liked discovering unknown spas and salons in my area, I think the ability to find businesses based on your current location is also another great benefit and of course earning a $50 free service by booking through the app is also a motivator to use it, as well.
Have you tried MyTime yet? If not, I definitely recommend it!
*Disclosure: My hair cut was comped in order to try out the app.