These Are the Surprising Best and Worst Times to Book a Salon Appointment
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These Are the Surprising Best and Worst Times to Book a Salon Appointment

I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to having my hair cut or getting my nails done — especially during the holidays. (Oh, you too? ;) With holiday parties galore, mucho mistletoe and trips home, fitting in a trim or a mani may be on the to-do list, but difficult to fit in with everything else. Square Appointments shared exclusive data with us (aka some secret salon scheduling intel) that divulges some super helpful tips and tricks for booking the best appointment, at the best time, maybe even for the best price. Time to treat yo’self — and still have time and money for everything else on your checklist during the holidays and beyond.

BEST + WORST TIMES TO BOOK A HAIR APPOINTMENT DURING THE WEEK

While lots of us book our hair appointments after work during the week — usually in the 5pm – 7pm timeframe — we should consider taking advantage of a lunchtime appointment. Only 10% of appointments start at noon! This means that you can soak up and savor a totally relaxing service on your break, because the salon will probably be much less crowded. Bonus: You can also head back to the office with a fresh blowout!  To bypass salon chaos, avoid booking appointments during the week at 3pm, which is when salons tend to be the busiest.

BEST + WORST TIMES TO GET YOUR HAIR DONE ON THE WEEKENDS

When the weekend rolls around, you should think about booking an appointment in the mid-to-late afternoon: Only 14% of appointments are booked after 2pm. Steer clear of the 10am timeframe and schedule a service in the late afternoon to rock your blowout during a night on the town with your besties later.

STATES WITH THE MOST EXPENSIVE + LEAST EXPENSIVE MANICURES

After you’ve gotten your hair done — during your lunch break, duh — you look at your nails and realize you’re in need of a fresh polish. Depending on where you live, you could be spending anywhere from $20 to $50 on manis + pedis (!!). Squares Appointments’ map shows that mountain state manicure enthusiasts (aka people who live in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) typically spend the most money on mani-pedis, averaging $50.73.

West Coasters (those who call California, Oregon and Washington home) spend, on average, $36.89 to get their nails done, which is the lowest amount. While we’re all after nails that look presentable and polished, not all of us are down to spend $50 to get ‘em. Folks in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania regularly score $20 manicures — so the next time you’re visiting the East Coast, (hmm maybe on that trip home?) make time for a mani!

What do you do to relax at the salon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.