Sunday, October 28, 2012

Seattle's Best Blow Dry Bars

Chances are you know someone with "really good" hair. Is it the luck of the draw? A really good shampoo? Or maybe a killer haircut? As someone with signature long locks I can tell you it's a clever mix of all of the above and often, my best hair days come after spending time in one of Seattle's best blow dry bars. We've lucky to live in a city where good hair days are just 30 minutes and $35 away. Blowouts are a budget-friendly way to get pampered and achieve the bombshell hair you've been dreaming about. Here's a list of the best blow out bars in my beauty arsenal. Trust me, these girls really know how to work a round brush.

O2 Blow Dry Bar 
If you live on the eastside, check out the O2 Blow Dry Bar located just downstairs from the main Obadiah Salon in Bellevue. This location is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to do a little primping in between retail therapy sessions. The stylists are amazing at working with hair of any length and texture and always keep product usage to a minimum to help make your blow out last as long as possible. 
Style Tip: Pick up a travel sized can of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to help extend the life of your blowout. 
Cost:$35
Parking: Underground parking is free at The Hyatt with validation.

Gary Manuel Studio
Located in South Lake Union, Gary Manuel Studio offers a full menu of hair services but it's the blow dry that keeps me coming back for more. The stylists are great about helping you achieve the perfect look whether you want a basic blow out or something for a special occasion. If you Aveda hair products, you'll love this salon. 
Style Tip: To prep for your next trip, stock up on travel sized Aveda products when you visit the studio. 
Cost: Depends on the stylist 
Parking: Metered street parking and underground parking available. 

Swink Style Bar 
With a menu that features hair, make-up, lashes and waxing, Swink Style Bar is the perfect place to get pampered. The first location was opened downtown on Stewart street in November of 2009 with a second location making it's debut in the University Village in the spring of 2011. Blowouts are $35 and add-ons are available. 
Style Tip: The downtown salon is closed on Mondays but the U-Village location is open 7 days a week. 
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location. 

Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry 
Added as a service back in 2012 for girls on the go, the Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry is great for those who want great hair in 30 minutes or less. Guests can choose from a dry style "do-over" for clean hair that needs some styling TLC or full shampoo and blow out to create major volume with a round brush.
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location.
Website: www.genejuarez.com



1 - Use a dry shampoo on your roots to soak up oil. Be sure to blend. If you get really oily at the scalp it's best to use dry shampoo at night to absorb oil while you sleep.

2-  Wrap hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep. Silk diminishes the scalp's natural production of oils and can extend a blowout an extra day or two.

3- Extending the life of your blow out at home can sometimes be as simple as cleaning your usual brush to avoid adding extra oil and product into the hair.

4- Pack an umbrella to avoid getting frizzy from the humidity. Or, wear a jacket with a silk-lined hood.

5- Wrap your hair in a towel or use a hair cap before taking a shower to keep hair from getting wet.

1 comment:

-Seattle Savvy Insider- said...

Editor Note: Mane Blow Dry Bar has now closed.