Truth – I hate showering. Every time I tell someone this, they crack up. It is hard to believe if you know me. I like my hair and clothes to be neat all the time. I’m just the right amount of matching without being too matchy-match. But girly girls like me are looking at an hour commitment MINIMUM when it comes to showering and getting ready. Sometimes the mere idea of it makes me pull the covers back over my head (still not kidding)
And recently, I discovered a lifesaver. Nope, not dry shampoo (that’s another story) — the blow dry bar! Now making their way across the US are these clever little shops which offer (you guessed it!) a shampoo and a fabulous blow dry. That’s it! No stranger’s newly-cut hair flying across the room at you or caustic chemical smells to contend with. Just a relaxing shampoo following by a fabulous blow dry and style. Oh, and a glass of wine or bubbly while you are gettin’ beautified!
There are two different options near me:
1) Drybar (founded by Ali Webb around 2009), which has salons in California, Arizona, New York, DC, Georgia, and Texas, recently opened a new location at Stanford Shopping Center. It is so pretty inside! The color scheme is white, gray, and buttercup yellow (Buttercup is also the name of their trademark yellow hairdryer and now available at Sephora!)
2) Halo – a Bay Area outfit with 3 area locations founded by Los Altan Rosemary Camposano with the alluring tagline “Stop In. Float Out.” I haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of Halo’s blowouts yet, but there Menlo Park location is basically within walking distance of my house. It’s on my list!
For ladies that have neither the time nor the money for a full spa day, $35 and 45 minutes to an hour of your time, you can walk out looking fabulous and feeling great. One of the receptionists at Drybar let me know that they often have Groupon offers, and I managed to snag one for a $17 special.
Have you been to a blow dry bar? Did you leave feeling amazing? Tell me about it below!