Have you ever had a professional blowout at one of the blowout bars in town? It was always on my list, but during my recent trip to San Francisco to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my husband, I decided to schedule my first official blowout at Drybar. I’ve been curious about the convenience of a quick blow dry. Is it worth it? Seriously, is there a better cure a bad hair day, anywhere? As you can see, a bad hair day can strike at any time (example A: my dry, unruly, flyaway style). I think it’s a brilliant concept.
One look in the mirror, I quickly downloaded the app, and was able to pick my time and location, in seconds. I loved the convenience. I strategically booked my blowout a couple of days after our arrival in the city, and two days before New Year’s Eve. I made my way to the Kearny Street location, just off Union Square, and opened the door to a fresh, colorful, hip salon with a friendly vibe.
I was warmly greeted by Julie, who was assigned to me for my blow-out. She showed me the menu and asked about my preferences. The theme for Drybar is FUN! Check out the website here and you’ll see what I mean. The menu is based on cocktails like the Cosmo, the Dirty Martini, and the Uptini. I wanted a sleek blowout, with a little bend at the ends, so I chose the Manhattan.
The concept at Drybar, brainchild of stylist Alli Webb, is simple. No color, no cuts, just blow-outs for $40.00. My 30 minutes at Drybar was the perfect bit of pampering and preparation for a big night out on the town. In addition to the straight blowout, Drybar offers ‘extra shots’ of additional services like the Floater (scalp massage), the Hair Shot (extra treatment) and even, swoon, a blowout in your own home, called Dry on the Fly, for $95. That’s living the life if you ask me. If I lived near a Drybar I know I would be tempted!
My blowout began with a trip to the shampoo room. We passed the tufted walls of the VIP room, complete with a yellow blow dryer chandelier. A whimsical signature piece for Drybar.
Following my shampoo, and brief scalp massage, Julie draped my hair in a towel and led me to the comfortable, and stylish, blowout bar. She sectioned my hair into small, 1-2 inch sections, and pinned them up. Julie started in the front, and dried each small section completely, before moving on to the next section.
How to get the perfect blowout from Drybar and Alli Webb:
*Section off 1-2 inch sections with clips and make sure each section is 100% dry (the KEY to a perfect blowout)
*Always start in the front sections-with bangs, hairline and fringe
*Dry each section to completion or it will frizz
Alli’s advice on styling winter hair here.
Julie used the libation themed product line from Drybar for each step of my blowout. She continued to dry each strand, until completely dry, with a large paddle brush. When all sections were finished, Julie used a round brush to give a slight shape to the ends. When she was done, my hair was soft and sleek, with great movement and flow.
My outfit matched the color scheme of Drybar so perfectly I wanted to pick up a blow dryer….well, almost.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Drybar. It was time well spent and I had a sleek, pretty hairstyle that lasted for three days. I’m impressed with the concept, design scheme and marketing of Drybar. This is definitely one of those businesses that ‘meets a need’. Alli Webb and I tweeted about my first trip to Drybar later that day. I’ll definitely be returning on my next trip to San Francisco. Sometimes we all need a bit of pampering and Drybar is definitely the place for the perfect blowout.
Have you ever had a professional blowout like this?
Does your hair have a total mind of it’s own like mine does?
Thanks to Julie and the team, I received VIP treatment at Drybar.
I purchased my own blowout and products.
My opinions about Drybar are my own.
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