Despite my girly appearance, I don’t have a lot of time for girly upkeep. If you look closely, I probably have bushy eyebrows because I pluck them myself, my toes may or may not be manicured, my nails are probably not painted and most likely, my roots are showing. It takes an exorbitant amount of time to keep up with de-hairing, painting, and coloring yourself into a flawless woman. And, if you are like me, you probably strategically wash your hair on certain days (preferably gym days) and wear it for 2 to 3 days thanks to dry shampoo! (Back in the day, we used to use baby powder.) “Hair Washing Day” is a big, fat, pain in the rear and takes up ridiculous amounts of time. So, you can imagine how giddy I was to discover a place called the DryBar where you can go for a blowout. So, what is a blowout you ask? The website has a fancy definition but it’s basically what your grandmother used to do back in the 50’s. You go to the salon and you get your hair washed and styled according to different styles on their menu and get to wear that style for several days. This is one of my guilty pleasures.
Here’s why I LOVE going to get a good blowout at DryBar…
It’s Affordable and Quick. A basic blowout costs $40. You can get extra add-ons like extra time getting your scalp massaged or throw in a hair mask, but all blowouts cost a base of $40. They also have blowouts for little girls ages 3 to 10 called Shirley Temples for a mere $28. That’s hard to beat at a regular salon. Especially in Dallas. You can book a session through their website or get the app and not have to worry about calling the salon. And since a session is under an hour long, you can take an appointment during your lunch break and return to work with fabulous hair! Salon hours are typically from 8 AM to 8 PM.
The Founder Alli Webb. You can read all about how the DryBar got started and I have a lot of respect for the founder, Alli Webb. She has put her heart and soul into creating the vision of the DryBar and her 10 Core Values include kindness, family and family. Can she please be my friend? The concept of DryBar has been duplicated by many others and she continues to lead the charge in the industry. More power to you girlfriend!
I recently took my 11 year-old niece and my 3 year-old Babyzilla to their first visit to the DryBar and it was magical! Those hair stylists are amazing! So, here’s a little sneak peek at what you can expect when you visit the DryBar. Both girls chose the Cosmo style.
1. Wash. A nice head massage as you get your hair washed by a lovely hair stylist. This may be my favorite part. I absolutely hate washing my hair and having someone else do the job for me is like Christmas in my book.
2. Blow-dry. Next, you will sit in front of a large flat screen TV and watch girly movies (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mean Girls, etc.) while your lovely stylist blow dries your hair. At this point, you will receive champagne, soda, or any other drink of choice. Your hair station also has plugins for phone chargers or laptops in case you are having a working lunch.
3. Straighten. After a good blowout, your stylist will take a flat iron or a large brush to smooth out your hair. You will think your hair looks fabulous at this point, but the best is yet to come…
4. Curls. The last part of the DryBar experience for a Cosmo style is for your stylist to curl your hair into magnificent and voluminous ringlets. Perfect for any occasion!
5. Confidence. I can’t tell you how good these girls felt getting their hair done. They bounced out of the salon with huge smiles on their faces, and I was so happy to have shared this special experience with them. Sometimes, we just have to spoil ourselves by getting pampered and spending quality time together with a daughter, niece or friend. I’m thinking a gift certificate to the DryBar would be a good stocking stuffer for several ladies I know.
What kinds of experiences do you share with your daughter, niece or friends? I would love to hear your ideas!