Blowout salons have been around for a little while now, but I have been dying to try one, Drybar in particular, since I learned about them. The idea behind these salons is that they provide a wash, blow dry, and style service only – no cuts or color. I was already acquainted with their product line which is pretty widely available (everything smells divine), and use their “Full Pint” round brush every time I dry my hair. For a recent birthday celebration weekend in Las Vegas, my sister, Christina, and I jumped at the chance to go!
We made a reservation a few weeks in advance (highly recommend) because we wanted to try to be able to sit next to each other, which worked out. We went to the Fashion Show Mall location in Las Vegas, which had just opened. When we entered, we checked in at the front desk and were greeted by a pretty yellow bouquet and some little cookies that were available for the snatching. While we waited, we were invited to have a seat at an actual bar within the salon that served a limited menu of cute cocktails, as well as wine, beer or Champagne, so we each ordered a glass. Soon, we were seated by each other where we could set down our bags and drinks, and we picked out our styles. Their on-theme menu features a limited but well-curated collection of styles like the Manhattan, a sleek and smooth style, or the Mai Tai, a textured, loose wave/beachy style, and more.
Christina decided on the Cosmo, which is lots of loose curls and their most popular style, while I selected the Old Fashioned, which is Old Hollywood-style waves. We were each guided to the wash room, which had the most comfortable shampoo bowls and chairs, for our hair wash. Next, we were towel dried and put in a turban and returned to the styling chairs. Depending on your hairstyle and specific hair texture, the stylist puts a cocktail of styling products into your hair before, during and after styling. They told us about every product they used, and why, but they were not pushy about trying to sell them as an add-on to our services. While we were being styled, there was a girly movie with helpful subtitles (because of the symphony of blowdryers everywhere) playing in front of us, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The whole process took about an hour, and it is one I would love to be able to experience again, and even get to try a different style. They have tons of locations as they are growing across the U.S., and I would highly recommend trying it out.
When blow drying, dry at the roots first and tension with your brush is the trick to locking in volume there.
Proper sectioning when drying is key, and work in thirds, clipping each of these sections. Then split each of those sections in thirds and work on one-third at a time, starting with the front.
When curling your hair, roll the curl and hold it horizontally.
Always pin curls until they cool for longer lasting hair.
When you brush your hair, hold your brush vertically instead of horizontally, because it is gentler on your hair.
To help preserve your style, apply some dry shampoo at your roots before bed so it has time to help prevent oils from flattening your style overnight, and looks more natural and relaxed than freshly sprayed hair. Also, sleep on a silk pillowcase.
Clean hair is the key to holding a style for a long time, NOT hairspray.
My stylist finished my style with a shine mist called Sparkling Soda, which I ended up buying because it smelled so good, and added even more polish to my style.
Pro: Blowouts are a fun activity to do with girlfriends before a big event, or just as a special pampering treat. Also, this place just oozes fun vibes.
Con: With all of the blow dryers going, and depending on how busy the salon is, you can’t really carry on a conversation with your friends most of the time. For this reason, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding party or really large group.
Pro: Our hair lasted for days! I normally style my hair, and the next day, it’s flattened or matted and I have to start over or throw it up. For Christina, her hair never holds a curl, and while it lasted through the evening and eventually relaxed, it still had great body for the next couple of days.
Con: The service is relatively expensive at $49, plus tip. This location did have a handy sign, however, that was a helpful suggestion about tipping with a suggested tip of $10 for your service.
Pro: Super informative stylists who were willing to talk you through their whole process so you could actually learn while getting your hair done.