As a newbie to the professional blow out world- quite frankly, I’m still getting used to even saying the word “blow out”, how behind am I- my knowledge of where to go when I want perfect hair is still a work in progress. Which is why when I was offered a chance to try out the original Blow NY blow dry bar
in the Meatpacking District, I practically leaped into the salon chair. With recent press in New York Magazine
comparing Dry Bar and Blow’s services, I went into Blow geared up to make a little blow out comparison of my own.
|Photo from BlowNY.com
One of the best features of a Blow NY blow dry is the use of Blow’s products which seemed to perform anti-gravity feats on my fine, thin hair. You may already be familiar with Blow’s award winning hair product line which has a cult following of those who swear by Blow hairspray, but what you may not know about Blow salon is that they have expanded their menu to include deep conditioning, cuts and color, manicures, makeup application, and waxing. On the day I went to Blow, I received a chair-side manicure by Carmen Arias (she is featured on the front page of Allure’s Salon and Spa Directory
!) at the tail end of my blow out. My nails were impressively meticulous despite the sometimes awkward angles the manicurist had to contort into in order to allow my hairstylist to do her thing. Both worked seamlessly together, making me feel more like a model on a photoshoot, and less like someone who had to rush back to the office.
Now on to the star of the show- the hair. Or should I say, my hair stylist. I selected a blow dry with curling iron ($40-$60 depending on hair length, plus $20 and up for curling iron) to create loose waves for an event later that evening. Since my appointment was at 8am, I was worried that the waves would not last the twelve hours until my actual event. My stylist really listened to my concerns and ensured she used the proper products for longer lasting body. She created a tighter curl than normal in order for it to loosen throughout the day. Usually I view hair stylist’s predictions for my hair as wishful thinking, but to my surprise and delight a very rare occasion ensued- my hair actually did what my stylist said it would do.
For anyone who hasn’t read that New York Mag article, let me summarize: they selected Dry Bar as the winning blow out spot, the key tiebreaking factors being more booze and chick flicks on the TV’s at Drybar. I’m sure the set price for all hair lengths of $40 at Drybar compared to Blow’s price variance based on hair length may have tipped the vote, as well their multiple locations. While you really can’t go wrong at either blow dry bar, I’ve already seen all of the chick flicks Drybar plays more time than I care to admit, so my pick for my next special event will definitely be Blow NY.
Services were provided as a complimentary service, but the opinions reflect my own honest opinion and experience.