Look, folks, it’s Valentine’s day coming up this week, and you know what that means. Either you’re a full-on V-Day fan and you’re out to get the best gift and/or date for your significant other, or you’re one of those haters who sees this as nothing more than a crass attempt to pry even more money out of your pocket in the service of an outdated social ideal.
Either way, though, you can better yourself. Here are several apps that will make you a better person to attract that special someone through your attention to personal grooming.
Both men and women can get in on the act with this app, which lets you take a photo of your own face and pop different hairstyles on it to see what you’d look like with a new do. Obviously, a hairstyle with longer hair than you currently have isn’t going to happen quickly, so you might want to plan ahead. There are some in-app purchases here for even more hairstyles, but the basic app is free.
Once you pick your new hairstyle, send it up to Facebook and let your friends comment before you actually go into the salon and make it happen.
Personal Style Advisor
Aveda makes beauty products for salons across the country. They also have a mobile app that lets you see various hair styles form both professional Aveda-trained hairstylists as well as community members who upload their own cuts and styles for all to see. What a great way to get ideas for your own hair or makeup, and recommendations on the product you’ll need to make it happen? There are videos and step-by-step instructions for creating the look you want, plus a hair consultation quiz that can help you pick the best product for your hair type. Along with a salon finder, of course, you’ll also get a one-tap mobile ordering solution for Aveda products.
So, yeah, it’s kind of advertising, but it’s also kind of awesome, if you like the upscale looks in the Aveda style repertoire. Not bad for a free app.
Facial Hair For The Fashionable Man
With beards and facial hair making somewhat of a comeback lately, you might be tempted to grow your whiskers out and groom them for that special date. But how? What type of look and style will work best on your face? Beard Me may have the answer, with the ability to take a photo and put an overlay of facial hair on your own pretty mug. There are over 40 different styles to choose from, and the app is an inexpensive $1.99, so you can’t go too wrong.
Of course, be sure to upload the Beard Me photo to Facebook in case you do, in fact go a bit too wrong with a wacky style or color. Just sayin’.
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