Everyone I know is running manic right now, prepping for the festive season. If they haven’t left for home already, they are busy with last-minute packing and gifts, while wrapping up work and squeezing in other appointments before they get on a plane. And when you are going home, you want to look good – for your family, friends, frenemies and the million pictures you are bound to be a part of. You want to look smart and groomed, with shiny tips, dazzling tresses and glowing skin.

I know this because I recently went home and was so worried about the mess that the world sees as my hair. They were dry, brittle, screaming for a cut and some dedicated love. I had to get them to a salon pronto but there were two hurdles: 1) I didn’t know where to go, and 2) I didn’t know what I wanted.

I had heard of Vaniday, so I went on to their website and browsed through featured salons. That’s how I found Pastels Salon. I had been to Pastel before for eyelash extension, and had a good experience. I went ahead to book an appointment, and it was the most convenient salon booking experience I have had in a long time. There was no need to whisper the services you want (like maybe Brazilian), I could see all the available appointments, locations, and stylists, without any to and fro. I picked a location, checked out available stylists and appointments, and went on to confirm my appointment.

I was asked to either pay then, via credit/debit card, or at the time of the appointment. I chose to pay then, and checked out. Voila!

An email confirmation followed shortly, along with a phone call. That was a pleasant surprise. A sweet gentleman confirmed if I had booked in an appointment at Pastels, and I said like yes! *dramatic drumroll*

It was an experience I’d recommend to all my fellow beauty enthusiasts. The added convenience comes at no extra cost, you can get an appointment at 3AM, and I liked not having to spell out what I want to another human over the phone.

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So go ahead, check it out, and experience next level of convenience at www.vaniday.ae. You can also get gift cards for friends and family, if you are still looking for a Christmas or New Year present.

Some random facts before I say goodbye:

  • Beauty services and salons listed are for both men and women
  • It is backed by Rocket Internet, the company behind global success stories Hellofood and Namshi
  • You can either pay online or at the salon – it’s completely your call
  • Prices listed on the website are the same as the salon’s – no additional charges