Every salon owner or stylist knows that organization is everything. Keeping your days on schedule and your appointment book full makes all the difference between living paycheck-to-paycheck and six-figure life. 

That’s where the appointment book comes in. Even if you’re just starting out, you need a separate space to manage your work schedule and client appointments. And no, we don’t mean the Notes app on your phone.

We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best appointment books of 2021 according to hyper-passionate reviewers. There’s one for every type of business: solo hairdressers, barbers, multi-location salons, and multi-provider spas. Take your pick.

In this article:

Best Appointment Book on Amazon, According to Reviewers

2021 Weekly Appointment Book & Planner by Maalbok 

With nearly 4.6/5 stars and nearly 4,000 reviews at the time of writing, this appointment book is by far the most beloved option on Amazon for 2021. The cover feels minimal but luxe and comes in three color options.

It’s versatile enough for any type of business that runs on appointments (it’s organized so you can schedule in 15-minute intervals), but it also gets major shout-outs from real salon owners. Betty Smith calls it a “fabulous salon appointment book.” She says: “I usually pay 33.00+ for my appointment book for the salon. This one is as good or better than those. I will be ordering every year from [now on.]”

Another salon owner, Anna, deems it a “great planner for salon use” even if you’re swamped with client appointments: “This appointment book is perfect for my busy salon schedule. Plenty of space for appointments from 7am-9pm. Space for notes, yearly overview, and holidays.” 

Runner-Up: 2021-2022 Weekly Appointment Book & Planner by Maalbok  

If you prefer a prettier vibe, Maalbok makes this nearly identical version of its top-rated appointment book (this version still has 4.7 out of 5 stars and nearly 1500 reviews!) in pink or purple with gold foil. Says reviewer Kate:

 “I really like this appointment book for these reasons especially: 

  • it is light and not bulky which I like because I carry it with me
  • it has a place at the beginning of each week to write your goals, to-do list, and to review the week
  • Saturday & Sunday has a full listing for appointments which I love since I am self-employed. My other books never had this, just M-F.
  • it is a pretty color.” 

Runner-Up: 4 Column Undated Appointment Book by Portage

If you want maximum flexibility, this is the appointment book for you. While we tend to prefer a more minimal cover design, it’s the inside that counts — namely, this appointment book can be ordered with your choice of columns from two to eight, so you can keep track of multiple stylists’ or providers schedules. 

Best Appointment Books for Barbers 

SCALPMASTER 3 Column Barber Appointment Book

We love the throwback vibes of this appointment book that’s specifically designed for barbers. It also has a three-column design, so you can see the schedules of up to three barbers at once.

Dry Erase Whiteboard Wall Decal Sticker by Canvix

Before they started using Schedulicity for online scheduling, a lot of our barbers told us they preferred keeping it simple with their walk-ins. Throw up a whiteboard or chalkboard and let walk-ins write their names down at your entrance. If that’s your barbershop’s style, these whiteboard decal stickers come in every size, are easy to put up, and (allegedly) just as easy to take off. 

Best Appointment Book for Spas and Nail Salons

4, 6, or 8 Column Undated Appointment Book by Portage

For the same reason we recommended it to salon owners and hairstylists above, this planner is ideal for spas or nail salons with multiple providers. You can keep track of up to eight employees on one page — great for busy Saturdays.

Best Online Appointment Booking

Schedulicity 

We get it. Hardcopy appointment books keep it simple. But they may actually be causing more work than you realize. Shifting to an online booking system for your salon, spa, or service business (we work for class-based businesses, too!) means you’ll be able to run your day-to-day business in one place. Rather than managing client contacts in one book, appointments in another, and then doing your payment processing on a different platform, you can manage all of that from one account on Schedulicity. 

The benefits of online booking go on. We also offer easy solutions for multiple providers (keep your client lists and payments separate!), waitlists, and service waivers, plus automated appointment reminders and follow-ups. Sign up to try us for free or read more about the features you should look for in an appointment booking platform. 

So, What is the Best Salon Appointment Booking System?

Ultimately, it comes down to picking the system that will work best for you and your stylists. If you’re finding that last-minute cancellations or no-shows cause tons of confusion, an online booking platform might be the ideal solution for you. 

If you prefer to rely on walk-in traffic or day-of calls, consider an appointment book that allows you enough room to make edits and changes as well (but fun fact: you can add those walk-ins into your online appointment calendar straight from your phone or front desk computer using Schedulicity!). 

Make a list of features you need most from your appointment booking or scheduling solution, then make sure that the appointment book or online platform you’re considering covers them all. And don’t be afraid to experiment! Order a couple of inexpensive appointment books or sign up for a free trial with one or several online schedulers that appeal to you, then test it out on a less busy day or with some of your most loyal customers.