If you’ve ever faced the debacle of paying a fortune for a sleek blowout at a fancy salon or going the cheap route and getting less than perfect results, Drybar is here to solve all of your problems. A salon that does, as they put it, “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” for a flat rate of $40 in New York (and $35 everywhere else), Drybar makes the errand of going to the salon for a wash-and-blowdry a truly enjoyable experience. Their “menu” includes bar-themed styles including the Manhattan (classic blow-out), Straight-up (smooth and sleek), Southern Comfort (big hair), Cosmo (sexy waves) and Mai-tai (beach hair) among others.
To add to the fun, Drybar plays chick flicks, has an assortment of candies to indulge in, phone charging stations and refreshing spa water. All of the stylists give killer head massages, too! They even have an iPhone app for booking.
Drybar just opened up in NYC and already has locations in LA, San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta. They also just teamed up with reality TV star Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita to style up the Skinnygirl ponytail: a high pony with a flip.
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I always knew that native New Yorkers were into blowouts, like they’re into drinking coffee and carrying oversized bags. But my native Southern tresses never thought that they would be converted until Soho’s posh Dop Dop Salon made me a believer. You may remember that I have extremely straight hair (see my last post, Curly Sue), and thus I had very little faith that I would ever get wavy, voluminous locks to last more than a few minutes. Well, Noelle Chen, Dop Dop’s director of design education, restored my faith. With her (tons of) tools and sprays, Noelle took my very long and very flat hair and breathed new, 60s-bombshell life into it. Even I have to admit I looked like a fox. And a special shout-out to Haven and Melanie for the excellent jobs they did on my coworkers!—Kelly Tokarz
For appointments at Dop Dop, 170 Mercer Street, New York, NY, call (212) 965-9540. Blowouts start at $55.