Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Best Blow Dry Bars around the world


I'm what you might call a "blow dry aficionado". As someone with a lot of hair, a great blow dry isn't a small luxury, it's an essential experience. This is especially true when I travel because there's no way I'm hauling around all the styling tools and products that I require to manage my mane. I love experiencing new blow dry bars, from Seattle to New York and London, here's a look at the best blow dry bars around the world.

// Seattle // 
Gary Manuel Studio 
This Aveda concept salon is one of the brilliant brand new additions to the up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle and blow-outs are just $35. The blow dry experience comes with complimentary extras like shoulder massages, hand therapy, scalp treatments and make-up application for the perfect final touch.
Location: 390 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
Site: www.garymanuelstudio.com
Beauty Tip: Don't forget to take pics at their in-salon photo booth from Usnaps!
On Twitter: @GaryManuelSalon

// New York //  
Dry Bar
This blow dry bar saved my life on a recent trip to New York. In major need of a wash and blow dry they were able to get me in on short notice and offered me a complimentary glass of champagne to help me unwind. It was pure bliss and my hair looked amazing afterward! I also love that every station had a place to charge your iPhone. 
Location: 4 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011
Beauty Tip: Don't skip the champagne! Have another!
On Twitter: @TheDryBar

Dream Dry
Created by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe in collaboration with Robin Moraetes, Dream Dry made it's NYC debut earlier this year. Committed to bringing you a better blow out, the Dream Dry team focuses on giving guests the personalized experience of their "dreams".
Location: 35 West 21st St. New York, NY 10010
Site: www.dreamdry.com
Beauty Tip: Catch up on your favorite fashion magazines using one of the Dream Dry iPads.
On Twitter: @DreamDryStyle


// London //
Hershesons Blow Dry Bar
I stumbled upon this great blow dry bar while shopping at the Oxford Circus Top Shop in London. For around $39, you can choose from one of the 12 looks on their fashion-forward hair menu and walk away 30 minutes later with gorgeous hair. 
Location: 214 Oxford St. London/Oxford Circus
Beauty Tip: Try on clothes before you get your hair done.

// Miami //
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Proclaimed as the original blow dry bar in North America and waiting to "blow you away", Blo is all about giving guests catwalk-worthy hair at an affordable price of $35. The menu of 7 signature styles include the tousled "Pillow Talk" and the "High Society" aka high altitude bun.
Location: 3301 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33130
Site: www.blomedry.com
Beauty Tip: A a scalp massage for $10!

// Santa Barbara //
Shine Blow Dry Bar 
A signature blow out with a 10-minute scalp massage is only $38, regardless of hair length. Special occasion blow outs for children under 9 are $30 which are great for family photos or weddings. Need a "Blow to Go"? Sounds strange, but this $70 service involves the stylist coming on location to you armed with styling tools and products to make you shine
Location: 1129-A State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Site: www.shineblowdrybar.com
Beauty Tip: Manicures are also available!


// St. Louis // 
Blown Away Blow Dry Bar
Mother and daughter team Betty Goran and J.J. Krane decided to put an end to bad hair days in St. Louis. Prepared to be "Blow Away" with one of their 6 signature styles including the 'Hollywood Glam', 'Short and Sleek', 'Pony Up' and even the 'Sleek and Straight'.
Location: 8815 Ladue Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63124
Site: http://blownawaystl.com
Beauty Tip: Check out the website for daily specials.

// San Diego // 
Paradise Point 
Although not a traditional blow dry bar, the spa at Paradise Point in San Diego is home to a small salon on-site that offers blow outs to guests who don't want to bother doing their own hair. Both times I've stayed at the resort I've used the services in the salon and had a great experience. You can't beat the convenience.
Location: 1404 Vacation Rd. San Diego, CA 92109
Site: www.paradisepoint.com
Beauty Tip: If your locks need a little TLC try a deep conditioning treatment.

// Toronto //
Blowdry Lounge
Gorgeous hair days are made easy at Toronto's Blowdry Lounge. Yielding 5 stars on Yelp, blow dries at the lounge start at $35 and additional services can be added a la carte. No appointment is necessary and the salon is open 7 days a week.
Location: 1343 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4T 1X9
Site: blowdrylounge.ca
Beauty Tip: Check out current specials on the website.

Holt Renfrew
Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew recently doubled the size of it's beauty hall which included the addition of a brand new Primp & Polish Bar. Blow outs are $40 and you can add on select Kerastase treatments to address specific haircare concerns.
Location: 3401 Dufferin St. Toronto, ON M6A 2T9
Site: www.holtrenfrew.com
Beauty Tip: Holt offers complimentary make-up bag consultations which include a free brush cleaning service.

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