Apps that make booking on-demand home haircuts as easy as tapping for a taxi have been released in the US.
Launched last week, free app Shortcut offers haircuts and beard trims to time-short New Yorkers in their homes, offices and hotel rooms.
The vetted barbers can be booked from 8am to midnight seven days a week after the booker makes the appointment through the downloaded app.
The 10 best smartphone accessories
The 10 best smartphone accessories
This range of clip-on lenses means you’re free to take photos in a whole different way. Swap between fisheye, wide-angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro lenses. Available for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S as well as Samsung S4 and S5 £59.99, olloclip.com
Ever been left without your phone charger? Well this device functions as the power cable and fits on your keyring. Just plug it into a USB socket (in a till, a friend’s computer etc) and let your phone charge. Available in micro-USB and lightning, so should work with most smartphones. £19.99, firebox.com
3/10 Mini Jambox
Although this might be a little expensive compared to the rest of the items in this list the Mini Jambox is great for taking to a friend’s house, or listening to music in the morning when struggling to get out of your warm bed. Great sound in a tiny package. £109.99, jawbone.com
4/10 Olixar x1 Headphones
The built-in lithium polymer battery on these headphones lasts for 20 hours, so you don’t have to worry about charging them before leaving the house. Plus, they cup the back of your head so they’re great for running in the gym. £19.99, mobilefun.co.uk
5/10 Mighty Purse
Made from leather and available in four different finishes (pink, purple, gold and black) the Mighty Purse’s secret weapon is tucked inside. A built-in battery lets you recharge your phone up to two times without anyone knowing. £89.99, firebox.com
6/10 Pebble Watch
The Pebble’s major benefit over other smart-watches is its battery, which can last for up to seven days. Receive your emails and texts on your wrist, as well as an array of different apps, such as Evernote. £99.99, amazon.co.uk
7/10 Archos Beanie
Navigating the cold with headphones and a beanie hat can be a nightmare as the buds fall out every other step. This hat, however, has built-in bluetooth speakers and a microphone. Just be wary of looking like you’re talking to yourself. £29.99, archos.com
8/10 Proximo Fob
This tiny fob is great fun: attach it to your valuables, such as your keys and it will sound an alarm if you walk a set distance away from them. The free app includes a map where you can see the place it was last seen and you can even buy tags to add to other objects for an extra £19.99. £29.99, very.co.uk
9/10 Misfit Flash
Misfit’s second wearable activity and sleep tracker after their Misfit Shine is one of the first available for under £50. It’s made out of plastic and is waterproof up to 30 metres – so you can even take this with you on any sun-seeking getaway this winter. Seven different colours from lemonlime, to fuchsia and frost. £49.99, amazon.co.uk
10/10 Nova Flash
This little credit-card-sized flash is small enough to slip into your wallet. It has 40 warm and cool LEDs nestled behind a soft diffuser to create a range of colour tones and brightness levels. Ideal for those Halloween parties next week. £49, novaphotos.co.uk
And the number of customers per booking brings the $75-per-haircut price down if there are more than one person needing a change of style.
The price is reduced to $65 each for two people, $60 each for three people and $50 each with four people.
There is no app currently offering this service in the UK but judging by the popularity of Uber, which hails from San Francisco and has seen a 2,700 per cent rise in London users in one year, it could be rolled out here soon.
Traditional salons and mobile beauty companies in the UK are already having to become more flexible in meeting demands of busy clients who want to look polished in the shortest time possible.
Natasha Dwyer, CEO of mobile beauty company Return To Glory, told Stylist: "We extended our treatments to 11pm earlier this year; we had to bring ourselves in line with services like Ocado and Net-A-Porter.
"Now 50% of our appointments take place after 7.30pm. We’re available when our clients want us."