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  1. The act or instance of blow-drying hair, includes wash and style.
  2. Happiness, confidence and relaxation for about 45 minutes.
  3. The best and easiest gift you can give your wife, girlfriend, sister or mom.

What (tf) is a Blowout?

You might’ve heard of the term from a family member, friend or coworker – but do you know what it actually is? Blowout hair treatments have been around for decades, but the definition of a blowout has evolved with the rise of blow dry bars and varies depending upon the salon. In its simplest form, a blowout is the art of drying hair after a wash to achieve a smooth and sleek look, style and feel — no curling or flat iron involved!

So, What is a Blow Dry Bar?

A blow dry bar is a hair salon that provides exclusively blowouts, which includes a wash, blow dry and hair styling – no cut, no color! But at Drybar, we’re much more than that. We’re an experience. Our blowouts provide you 45 minutes of relaxation, beautification, and happiness! Get together with your besties before the party starts and get pampered while enjoying complimentary drinks when you choose our private events. We also offer additional services, such as a 10-minute scalp massage or deep conditioning hair mask to further nourish your hair and relax your mind.

How Does a Blowout Work?

We’ve revolutionized the traditional blowout, offering 8 unique styles, from old Hollywood waves to sleek, city-inspired hair, to get the look you want.
Here are the 7 basic steps to delivering our signature blowouts:

  1. We’ll prep your hair with an intense shampoo and conditioning wash
  2. After your hair is cleaned, we’ll towel dry it to get rid of any excess moisture
  3. We then apply some product to condition and detangle the hair before the blowout
  4. Next, we section the hair using our Hold Me hair clips to separate strands without leaving dents
  5. Then with our signature blow dryer and round ceramic brushes, we use controlled techniques to minimize frizz and get the style of your choice
  6. One of our last steps is the “cool shot” to set your hair, locking in style and shine
  7. Finally, we use our high-quality hair products to add finishing touches, such as soft dimension and texture

Since a blow dryer will never get as hot as ironing tools, we achieve the style you want without risking damage to your hair. If you’re interested in learning how to do a blowout yourself, see our step-by-step DIY blowout video to get Drybar’s signature style at home.

How Long Does a Blowout Last?

A blowout is designed to last – and it can hold its shape anywhere from 3 to 5 days, depending on the texture and thickness of your hair. If you decide to start treating yourself to blowouts regularly, your hair may start to adapt to the shape and style, making it last a little bit longer each time. We also recommend hairstyle tips and offer products, such as dry shampoo and conditioner, to help absorb oils, clean your hair and extend your blowout in between services.

When to Get a Blowout?

Whenever you want! We are committed to making our clients feel like a million bucks, no matter what day of the week. Depending on your hair texture – especially thick, curly or frizzy hair types – you may find that getting a blowout regularly is much easier than doing it yourself.

Whether you’re simply meeting up with friends or attending a wedding, come into any of our Drybar locations and come out feeling like your best self.

I got a Drybar blowout for the first time, and now the thought of doing my hair at home makes me sad

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In Los Angeles, letting someone know you’ve never had a blowout is like admitting you still have a Hotmail account. People are SHOOK. “But it’s so luxurious,” they say. “You feel so pampered,” they say. Up until a couple weeks ago, I had never gone to a salon for a blowout. I’ve gotten my hair cut, dyed, and then styled, but I’ve never asked for a solo blowout. I didn’t see the point — my hair would, in a day or two, become greasy and I’d have to wash it. So, was it even worth it?

But then Drybar offered to give me a complimentary ‘do to celebrate their newest shop opening in Burbank, and I took them up on it. My blowout-less world was turned upside down. It WAS luxurious! And I DID feel so pampered!

This is moi before my blowout, my hair in its natural state (frizzy — minus my bangs, which I do blow dry and straighten every day).

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As soon as I got to Drybar, I was offered a mimosa, which I swapped for coffee (I had to drive to work after, and I am #responsible). But just FYI, drinks are complimentary with your blowout. Once I settled in, I was given a “menu.” And since everything at Drybar is bar-themed, the style options included were named after adult bevvies. For instance, The Manhattan is pin-straight, The Cosmo is preppy, loose curls, and The Mai Tai is beach-y, effortless waves. I asked for something in between a Cosmo and Mai Tai because I was in that kind of mood. “Also, can you make my bangs look like Zooey Deschanel’s?” I threw in there. You can give your stylist an idea of what you want based on celebs/photos, too.

After lathering my hair up with Drybar brand shampoo and conditioner (she massaged my scalp, and suddenly I understood why dogs plop over on their backs, begging you to scratch their bellies — it felt SO good!), rinsing, and then applying Drybar product, my stylist went to work. We talked about how we were happy that Patton Oswalt found love again, because he seems like a really nice guy.

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After maybe 35 relaxing minutes, we were all done! My stylist spritzed my hair with some hairspray specifically designed to hold my Cosmo-Mai Tai style, and voila. My hair, but better. I actually felt upset because the experience was over, and the thought of doing my own hair in my bathroom depressed me. I got a little taste and now I want MORE! But whatever, I had beautiful, loose waves and I couldn’t wait to show them off at the HelloGiggles office. I even volunteered to be in a beauty video for The Pretty, just to get more mileage out of my hair.

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As for how it held up: For me, personally, it lasted two days. I also tend to wash my hair every other day, so if you go longer in between washes, the style could have more longevity. My hair felt greasy by the end of the second day, and my waves had deflated a bit — my hair still looked sleek and styled, though. It just wasn’t as full and bouncy as it had been day one.

Each blowout is $45, unless you go for an updo, then it goes up to $90. Both are pricey, but they’re great options if you’re going to a wedding or fancy-pants party and need something extra special for not too much more than what you’d get at a regular salon. Visit for the full menu. You can also purchase the products they use on your hair, in case you’re looking for some good quality hair products (They. Smell. So. Fresh. And. Amazing.), or want to recreate the looks.

Friends and family reading this, you know what to get me for Hanukkah and my birthday.

  • By Gina Vaynshteyn

I Spent All Day Eavesdropping at Drybar. Here’s What I Learned.

“No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” It’s the maxim chalked on the Rococo-esque blackboard at the entrance to Drybar, and it reminds me of the David Letterman bit in which he walks into a store called Just Shades and asks, “But seriously, what can you get besides just shades here?”

Blowouts are all Drybar does, and they’re so popular that on this summer Saturday, all of the chairs in the Georgetown outpost are occupied by 8 a.m., including the ones in the reception area where women wait their turn while thumbing through back issues of In Touch or texting on their iPhones. Above them hangs a chandelier made of hair dryers, bundled and dangling upside down from their cords.

According to a maniacally cheerful video on the company’s YouTube page, Drybar came to be after West Coast hairstylist Alli Webb began a one-person side business that provided in-home blowouts to women around LA. She quickly had more clients than she could handle, and after securing a loan from her brother—a former Yahoo executive who is now Drybar’s executive board chair—Webb opened her first store in Brentwood, California, in 2010.

Today, with more than 40 locations across the US—including one in Bethesda and two set to open this fall in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter—plus a projected $70-million revenue in 2015, Drybar is the front-runner in a booming industry that includes local outfits such as Blowout Bar and Blowdry Taxi.

But while other fashion trends come and go, the blowout boom has a dimension that may prove stickier. “When you start having your hair blown out, it’s really hard to go back to doing it on your own,” says Valerie Monroe, beauty director at O, The Oprah Magazine.

Drybar is the great equalizer—a place where, for $40 a pop, local news anchors, K Street attorneys, stay-at-home moms, and tweens can come together and, in 45 minutes, leave looking like they’re about to hit the catwalk instead of Wisconsin Avenue.

Ever since this Drybar opened in my neighborhood in 2012, I’d been curious to know what went on inside, so I decided to spend a Saturday there, chronicling the comings and goings at just one chair. Here’s a sample of who bellied up to the styling bar—from first to last call.

8:15 a.m. Claire Steinbeck, 29, Alexandria

Claire Steinbeck, the first client of the day. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

The experience always begins with a consultation at the bar. Steinbeck, a preschool teacher at Garfield Elementary in Southeast DC, flips through a “lookbook” to decide on one of seven styles, all named after cocktails—from the “sleek and smooth” Manhattan to the “messy, beachy” Mai Tai to the Southern Comfort, whose ingredients are “big hair” and “lots of volume.” Her bachelorette party is later today, and Steinbeck, who has curly brown hair that hangs to the middle of her back, would like her blowout to last till tomorrow, when her mother and grandmother are flying in from Florida for her bridal shower.

Stylist Jamila Johnson suggests the staying power of the Cosmo, which the bar menu describes as “lots of loose curls.” Johnson then escorts her past a wall hung with black-and-white glamour shots of Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to the washroom, where Steinbeck has her hair cleaned and wrapped in a bun, which is covered by a white hand towel that makes all the women who return from the sinks look slightly Amish.

“School just got out yesterday,” says Steinbeck, who normally wears her hair in a ponytail when dealing with her three-year-old pupils. “I feel like it’s time to get pampered.”

Johnson starts with the sides, moves to the top, blow-drying that section into loopy curls and pinning them to the top of Steinbeck’s head, and then finishes in the back. With her yellow apron worn like a tool belt and the tail end of a mermaid tattoo poking out from a slit in her skirt, Johnson is in constant motion, working a brush, plugging in a curling iron—which, like all the other tools, is in Drybar’s signature buttercup color—and bouncing to the music filling every corner of the salon.

By the time Johnson is done, Steinbeck’s curls are tamed and almost smooth, like ribbons of fettuccine. Clients don’t sit facing mirrors—instead of watching their transformation from wet to fabulously dry, they can watch a flat-screen playing chick flicks like Bridesmaids, which have subtitles. With the mirror behind her, Johnson spins the chair around for the final reveal. After a few adjustments and doses of hair spray, Steinbeck, perfectly coiffed, shyly regards herself in the mirror.

“I wanted to feel pretty today,” she says, gently touching a curl. Worried how she’ll feel tomorrow for her bridal shower, Johnson gives her an extra spritz.

9:00 a.m. Payal Herendeen, 33, Falls Church

Photograph by Andrew Propp.

“Drybar for me is super-relaxing,” says Herendeen. She’s about to take her four-month-old daughter on a plane for the first time—which she says is “super-intense.” They’re flying to her brother-in-law’s wedding in San Diego: “I just saw that there’s a Drybar 20 minutes away from where the wedding is.”

A blowout junkie, Herendeen buys “bartabs,” three-, six-, or 12-packs of blowouts. (A six-pack, for example, costs $225, a $15 savings.) There’s also a Barfly Membership that, for $75 a month, includes two blowouts monthly and a free birthday blowout. Herendeen admits she contemplated coming in right before she gave birth but, due to doctor’s orders to rest, never made it.

She eschews the lookbook, instead scrolling through her phone and showing hairstylist Tamia Wiltse a photo of her younger sister, who, sporting the same thick head of glossy black hair, looks like her twin. But with her long bangs feathered to the side and waves spilling over her shoulders, Herendeen’s sister looks like the “after” to her “before.”

As Herendeen sits and texts, Wiltse repeats the same choreography, drying sections, looping them at the crown, and eventually unwinding the sections as if letting out the string on a kite. Fully immersed in her work, Wiltse doesn’t speak except to ask Herendeen which side she parts her hair on.

When it’s time to look in the mirror, Herendeen fusses with her bangs and asks Wiltse to straighten them a bit more with a flatiron.

“Am I relaxed?” Herendeen asks reflectively. “I think so.”

9:55 a.m. Sarah Reback, 21, Foggy Bottom

Photograph by Andrew Propp.

By midmorning, Drybar has become a clown car—women exploding out of the sink room and clogging the main artery of the salon, Kate Spade wallets and Louis Vuitton Speedys vying for bar space. Reback, an incoming senior at George Washington University with cascading blond hair, always gets the same blowout, a Manhattan with a twist (sleek and smooth but with a bit of a curl at the end) no matter where she’s going or what she’s doing. Today she’s heading to the beach.

“I’ll probably tan for a little bit,” Reback says. But she won’t go in the water—there’s a big party that night in Rehoboth. Because she’s on a student budget, she can afford to come to Drybar only once a month. Sometimes she’ll come in with a group of friends (“just two or three because we don’t want to overwhelm them”) on a Thursday, “so it lasts until Sunday.”

Reback reads a dog-eared copy of Glamour. On the cover is Kim Kardashian, who, with her long, loose curls—which look suspiciously like Drybar’s Cosmo style—seems to be the company’s patron saint of blowouts. Wiltse keeps her silent vigil, flatironing to the beat of the Black Eyed Peas. Down the line of chairs—eight in all—a little girl gets her hair blown out, a practice referred to in Drybar parlance as the Shirley Temple (and priced at $28 for girls age ten and under) while her father takes pictures.

11:00 a.m. Mary Bennett, 72, Georgetown

Photograph by Andrew Propp.

“You know what I hate about this place?” announces Bennett, a retired leasing agent. “No alcohol license.”

While other Drybars offer complimentary mimosas, the Georgetown location doesn’t. Bennett, whose short, ear-length hair bucks the trend here, comes in once a week: “If I get it done on Saturday, it will last until Wednesday.” Bennett has been her husband’s caregiver since he fell ill, “so it’s extra-helpful to not have to worry about my hair.” She doesn’t bother with the bar menu. “Serena and I figured it out,” she says of her regular stylist, Serena Anthony. “I can’t do without Serena.”

Together they’ve settled on the perfect combination of product and technique. Drybar has its own merchandise line (also sold at Sephora), and Anthony lines up a row of Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray, Texas Tea Volumizing Hair Spray, and Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse, then begins dousing Bennett’s wet hair with all three before drying it with a fat, round brush. “It’s like glue,” marvels Bennett.

Before she heads home to her husband, she embraces Anthony until they’re cheek to cheek. “If I ever go missing,” Bennett says she tells friends, “just check Drybar if you want to find me.”

11:45 a.m. Amy Moore, 27, Alexandria

Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Moore, a graphic designer, usually does her own shoulder-length-plus, toffee-colored tresses, but because she’s going to a friend’s wedding later today, she felt like treating herself. Besides, the aftermath of her last visit was pretty ego-boosting: “I got hit on more than I usually do.”

She asks stylist Anndromitta Johnson for the Cosmo because it has the most curls. “Anything you want I can do,” says Johnson, who has her long braids tied in a topknot and wears animal-print flatforms. “We are day-makers,” says Johnson. “When you get your hair blown out here, you feel like a totally different woman.”

The transformation, though, is without stress. Whereas a bad haircut or dye job can send a customer home in tears, a Cosmo gone wrong, if it occurs, is easily fixed.

“I want one of you in my house,” Moore tells Johnson.

These days, a Washington woman may have a Johnson around—with more stylists offering mobile services, women can schedule an at-home blowout when the need strikes. Others trek to a salon several times a week, never washing or drying their hair at home.

“I joke that my bathtub has no shampoo or conditioner,” says Jocelyn Greenan, a Bethesda stay-at-home mom, socialite, and self-proclaimed beauty junkie. “I don’t know how to do my own hair anymore.” Greenan goes to both the Bethesda and Georgetown locations and likes that a blowout at Drybar is young and fun: “When you leave, you look like all the candids in People magazine.”

12:30 p.m. Manuela Bayón, 19, DC

Manuela Bayón asked stylist Myisha Stevens for “length, not volume,” to enjoy her long locks before entering the Naval Academy, when some 20 inches would be lopped off. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

“I want length, not volume,” says Bayón so quietly it’s hard to hear her above the din of the pounding music and whirring dryers. It’s the last hair-rah for Bayón, who is entering the Naval Academy in a few weeks and will lose about 20 inches off her Victorian-length, fawn-colored locks.

Tonight is her sister’s quinceañera celebration in Friendship Heights, but at 1 o’clock the party has already started at Drybar. With every passing hour, the stylists seem to loosen up, dancing around and cracking jokes. (“What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear.”) If possible, the music has gotten even louder.

After the blowout, pint-size stylist Myisha Stevens takes sections of Bayón’s hair and sweeps a flatiron down them as if she’s ironing a table runner, standing back from the chair several feet when she gets to the ends. When she begins her plebe summer at the Naval Academy, Bayón’s hair won’t be allowed to touch her collar, but for now it hangs like a flag in all its glory, all the way past her shirttails.

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Rebecca Cooper wanted “beachy” waves for a wedding. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

As the afternoon rolls along, the customers change but the performance stays the same, from consultation to final chair spin. There’s a woman with handfuls upon handfuls of blond hair who drove straight in from Manhattan for a Cosmo-Tai (lots of messy, loose, “beachy” curls) before going to a 5 pm wedding. There’s a woman celebrating her 24th birthday later at Oyamel who sits down and says, “The bigger the better.” There’s a woman from San Francisco who’s in town for her engagement party. And there’s a mother of two-year-old twins who enters looking like a gym rat in her workout gear and exits looking like a young Ann-Margret.

So many long-haired women are coming and going, getting Cosmo’d and Mai Tai’d, that pretty soon all I see is one giant collective head. Not surprisingly, the only guys I see wear a look of pure befuddlement as they pace the floor waiting for their wives or daughters.

The stylists come and go, too. From Leiyanna Holston—the “shop educator” who spends about a week with every new hire, training each in the Drybar way (all stylists are licensed cosmetologists)—to Freddie Bond, one of three male stylists there on this Saturday, who comes from a hair dynasty: His father was a barber, and both his mother and his maternal grandmother were hairdressers.

According to Tara Temple, Drybar’s marketing manager, stylists are paid hourly; the average for stylists is about $10 an hour. When you factor in tips and commission from product sales, most Drybar stylists make more than $20 an hour.

By 4 o’clock, the skies have turned dark and customers leave with complimentary “rain blows” umbrellas, although as the rain starts, some may opt to preserve their dos in Drybar’s $16 terry-cloth-lined shower caps. One woman in leggings and towering shoes has wrapped her blow-dried head in what looks like a pillowcase and paces around reception like a jittery thoroughbred.

4:15 p.m. Alka Pateriya, 40, Glover Park

“My laziness abounds,” said Alka Pateriya, who visits Drybar at least once a week. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

“My laziness abounds,” says Pateriya, who works for the educational start-up Tripod and estimates she’s here taming her thick, ink-black hair at least once a week. Tonight she’s hosting a cocktail party in her home. “Before Drybar,” Pateriya says, “my hair didn’t look good.”

Stylist Cory Thomas, whose topknot bun makes him at least seven feet tall, gives her an “off the books” blowout, a “straight-up but with volume” look that’s not represented by a cocktail-inspired photo. “Maybe I should name my own blowout,” Pateriya says. “I do like bourbon.”

As she sits chatting with Thomas, she notices the movie playing on the screen in front of her. “Is this that Sandra Bullock movie?” she asks no one in particular. “In all the times I’ve been here, I’ve never seen the whole movie.” As she gathers her things, Pateriya slips Thomas a $20.

7:15 p.m. Kim Gerland, 23, Glover Park

Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Gerland is the last person to take a seat. (The 9:15 will cancel due to torrential rain.) With pin-straight hair to begin with, she asks Bria Blake for the Cosmo, which proves to be the most popular request of the day. Gerland is preparing her hair for its big night—she’s hosting a birthday party for a friend in the chair next to her. Gerland figures 30 people will gather in her apartment before they head to Georgetown’s Chinese Disco around 11.

An ICU nurse at Children’s National, Gerland needlepoints to relax and doesn’t seem too concerned about the rain falling in sheets outside. “They gave me an umbrella,” she says nonchalantly. “Besides,” she adds as Blake further shields her head with a can of hair spray called the Sheriff, “I’m pretty low-maintenance.”

Contributing editor Cathy Alter can be reached at [email protected]

This article appears in our September 2015 of Washingtonian.

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blo has transformed beauty norms for the modern woman by making catwalk-quality blowouts accessible worldwide.

At Blo, you’re not cheating on your hairdresser. No, seriously. Blo Blow Dry Bar is North America’s original blow dry bar. No cuts, no color: Just wash, blo, and go! What exactly is a blow dry bar? Well, it’s pretty simple! We’ll curl and tame that mane so you can focus on the good stuff!

Blo Blow Dry Bar has transformed beauty norms for the modern woman by making catwalk-quality blow outs accessible worldwide. Our Blo Babes can choose from any of our seven signature styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu, from the razor-straight “Executive Sweet”, to the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk”. For something a little more glammed up, ask for an “Up Do a La Carte”. We’ve got everything you need to get you tressed to impress with select blo-cations offering beauty services (can you say waxing, makeup, and mani/pedis? Blo hearts beauty!).

We currently have almost 130+ locations to pamper you across the US, Canada and the Philippines, with more opening soon. Check out our locations page for full details.

Have we got you hooked on blow outs? Great. Book your next blow out or beauty service now and come get fab-in-a-flash!

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Whether you’re addicted to blowouts or you’ve never had one in your life (besides at the end of a haircut), there’s likely plenty of things you never knew about the process—and plenty of questions you’ve asked yourself, like: How much should you tip? Do products make a difference? Are there different style options?

MORE: The Most Effective Product Pairs for Every Hair Texture

So, we’ve put together a list of the things no one ever tells you about getting a blowout—so you’re sure to have a great experience every time.

1. You Can Get Curls…

… or waves, or texture, or just straight hair. A blowout doesn’t mean that you’ll simply have smooth, bouncy hair with a bit of a curl at the end.

2. Communication Is Key

If you’re not into having too much product in your hair, or if you want the style altered once it’s finished, communicate that to your stylist. While you should be discussing the kind of style you want before the blowout begins, that doesn’t mean that the only time to speak up is at the start of the process.

3. It Can Last up to a Week

Depending on your hair texture, the blowout can last anywhere from three days to a week. Use dry shampoo to absorb any oil at your roots. To get a bit of volume back in your hair after sleeping on your hair, flip your head over, and use a bit of volumizing spray.

4. Hairspray Isn’t a Bad Thing

Hairspray was the product of choice back in the day, and these days, many girls think that hairspray means stiff, helmet-like hair. If your stylist uses a light hold hairspray and sprays it in their hand or on a brush before putting it in your hair, flyaways that naturally happen with blowouts will be a thing of the past, and your hair will still have incredible movement and body.

MORE: The 15 Best Products for Maintaining Your Hair Color

Just like the tip you leave when you have your hair cut or colored, you should leave a 20 percent tip.

6. Cool Drying Should Happen

Whether you get your hair styled straight, wavy, or curly, the stylist should be hitting it with a bit of cool air once they’re finished to seal the cuticle, giving your hair more shine and letting the style set so that it lasts longer.

7. The Shampoo Makes a Difference

If you can, have the salon use a shampoo specifically formulated for your hair type—curly, color-treated, fine, etc.—for the best blowout results possible.

8. You Don’t Need to Go to a Blowout Bar

There isn’t always a blow dry salon near where you live, but if you need a good blowout, you can call your salon to schedule a wash and dry. Skip the cut and/or color, and simply have your hair washed and styled at the salon.

9. Consider a Brazilian Blowout

Ladies on the hunt for smooth, frizz-free hair should look into Brazilian blowouts, which can last for up to 12 weeks. The treatment itself usually lasts about 90 minutes and will give you gorgeous, long-lasting results.

MORE: 3 Foolproof Heatless Hair Tips for Surviving Summer Without Hot Tools

Depending on where you live, you may be able to make an appointment to bring a professional stylist to your home. More and more companies like Glam Squad are popping up, which allow you to hire a professional stylist in your own home shortly before you need your hair styled.

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A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.

Drybar Founder Alli Webb Explains Why Blowouts Are Magic

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Children fearlessly ask the questions that pop into their tiny little heads, which is a pretty smart way to learn about the things that confuse them. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, we lose that fearlessness, even if the inquisitiveness remains. As an adult, those seemingly-dumb questions tend to go unanswered, unless one of your friends has the moxie to ask. Here, at Racked, we want to be that friend. After all, if simple questions about fashion and beauty are plaguing us, they must be weighing on a few of you, too.

Case in point: Does anyone actually understand blowouts? Why are they so much more amazing than using a blow dryer at home? We posed these (and other) basic questions to Drybar founder and blowout expert Alli Webb, who graciously indulged our curiosity during the opening festivities for San Francisco’s latest Drybar outpost at 123 Kearny.

How does a blowout differ from someone blow-drying her hair at home?
“It’s really hard to do your own hair. Most women—I would say 95 percent of women—just can’t handle their own hair. And not because they’re not a professional stylist and they don’t know how to do hair. It’s more about the angle. When you watch blowouts being done, we’re standing above your head, working with very small sections and perfecting each section before we move onto the next. You physically can’t do that when you’re doing your own hair. When women do their own hair at home, their hands are over their head, they’re getting tired, their arms are starting to hurt. They’re not perfecting every section, making sure that every section is perfectly dry and perfectly styled before they move onto the next. Frankly, nobody has the time either. I get asked all the time by magazines for tips, and I say, allot 35 to 40 minutes to do your hair. People look at me like I’m crazy, and say, ‘I’m going to do my hair in 15 minutes, and then I’m out the door.’ Well, if we did your hair in 15 minutes, it wouldn’t look great either. It’s about taking the time and perfecting each section.”

How long does an average blowout take?
“About 35 to 45 minutes, depending on your hair.”

How long will a blowout last?
“The beauty of a blowout at Drybar is you get your hair done and every single section is perfect. You don’t have to do your hair for 3, 4, 5, or 6 days, depending on who you are. We have women who say, ‘I don’t even wash my own hair at home anymore.’ If you get a really great blowout, it lasts, and then you don’t have to deal with your hair except for touchups here and there to maintain it. All of sudden, you’re free from having to worry about your hair everyday.”

We associate blowouts with long, glorious locks. Can women with short hair get blowouts?
“Absolutely. We have a lot of women with short hair who come in. We actually have a category for it, called Hot Toddy. There are a lot of women with shorter length hair who come in because—let’s face it—if you can’t do your hair, you can’t do your hair. I could make the argument that short hair is even harder to maintain and deal with it. Long hair can be messy and tousled and kind of look okay. Short hair can be more challenging, so we see a lot of women with short hair and shoulder length hair.”

We have a lot of fog in SF, and that creates frizz problems. Will a blowout combat the frizz?
“If you blow out your own hair, you’re probably not making every section perfect. We are. We’re sealing the cuticle. We’re making it nice and smooth and sealing it in, so you have a much better chance of your blowout lasting and being better than if you were doing it at home and each section was 98 percent dry. When you go outside, hair balloons. I think getting a professional blowout and getting it styled definitely helps. And we’re using our own products. We have products that are designed to help you avoid that frizz and help your hair look great and stay great.”

Are there any Drybar products you would recommend to women who don’t have time to visit the salon, but are pretty hair-savvy?
“Our 100 Proof, which is a dry oil, is such a great product that you can keep in your purse. Throughout the day, if you’re starting to get frizzy, just put it on the ends. Also, Hot Toddy, which is a heat protectant. You can put in your hair and it helps prevent frizz. If you’re using heat and blow-drying yourself, you want to make sure that you’re protecting your hair while you’re blowing it out and ironing it.”

Final question: Why is a blowout magic?
“The biggest thing about it is how it makes women feel. I love being in the shop and watching women come in with their hair in a bun, very serious, and they walk out with a pep in their step. It’s the transformation. A great blowout, great hair, can really change your day and make your feel good about yourself. That’s the magic of what we’re doing, and why we’ve had so much success. When your hair looks good, you feel really good. We kind of joke around that we’re not selling blowouts, we’re selling the happiness and confidence that comes with a great blowout, but it’s so true. You look good and you feel good. That’s what I’m so proud of. We make women’s days a little bit brighter with great hair.”
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I never wash my own hair. The truth is, I’m a blowout addict. Yes, it’s expensive (even though I get to try many places for free because of my job) and yes, it’s a huge luxury to never wash your own hair. But the time I save not worrying about my naturally unruly curls is worth the $40 and one-hour session. Most importantly, I know how to make it last. I never get a blowout more than once a week, and I can stretch my ‘do to 10 days sometimes. My boss once called me “the queen of blowout extensions” and it’s a crown I wear on my bouncy hair proudly.

One of the keys to making your blowout last is a really good shampooing. Lather, rinse, repeat and make sure the stylist really works the shampoo in. Nora, my hair stylist, is the best at this. I have gone other places where someone has delicately washed my hair, and I wasn’t able to make the blowout last as long. (If you go to Dry Bar, get the “Floater” — it’s a head massage that feels divine and ensures you’re squeaky clean.)

So here’s the day-by-day breakdown for how I make a blowout last:

Day 1 and 2: Get ready to be shocked: Do not use any products. Really. I know it’s hard to resist the deliciously scented serums and that it feels super glamorous with a hairspray cloud around you, but products won’t help if you’re in it for the long run; they just weigh your hair down, so I wait until day three to use any.

The week I did this story was really humid so I kept my hair pulled back in a tight bun as much as possible. (I got stuck in a downpour, too, which is a true test of my skills as the blowout whisperer.) At night, I sleep with my hair down.

Day 3: You can now break your product fast. It’s dry shampoo time! I use a little in the morning, making sure to brush through afterwards. Sometimes I’ll work it in with my fingers as well. I’ve tried almost every dry shampoo on the market, and currently I love this one from Pantene. It’s a Ten Miracle Dry Shampoo is another one of my favorites.

Days 4 and 5: Now it’s time to add in some dry conditioner, which is like fabric softener for your hair. Avoid the roots and only spray the ends – the opposite of dry shampoo technique, essentially. This one from Pureology smells like heaven, so it’s my answer to the perpetually asked question: “But doesn’t your hair smell?” No it doesn’t, because I use yummy-smelling products.

Day 6 and 7: Now you’re in the final stretch. In addition to the dry shampoo and conditioner, I will now use a volume spray or blast my hair with the blow dryer to add some volume. This is also when I might start to wear my hair in a half pony if I feel it’s not looking bouncy enough.

A note on going to the gym: I pull my hair back into a tight ballet bun, and then and as soon as I’m done working out I blow-dry my hairline if necessary. But its usually okay because I wear a headband like this one.

Congratulations, you’ve made it a week. Just imagine how great that shampoo is going to feel.

Have any good blowout tips? Share them in the comments.

What is a Dry Bar? What to Expect & 3 Styles to Inspire You

About a million years ago (give or take) when I got my very first updo, like so many other girls, it was for prom. And, like so many other girls I’m sure, it was a complete disaster. I wanted something a little messy and romantic and what I got was an intense style that required about a thousand bobby pins and was more or less shellacked to my head. If only the dry bar had existed then! What is a dry bar, you ask? We’ve got answers. Just check out our little primer below.

What is a dry bar?

A dry bar or blow dry bar is a salon or menu of services within a salon that doesn’t worry about cuts or color. Instead, stylists give hair a good wash and blow-dry leaving hair looking picture perfect. Basically, you know how your hair never seems to look as fantastic as it does the day you get it cut? Well at a dry bar, you can skip the cut and go straight to sleek and straight, beachy waves, or bouncy curls.

Why would I go to a dry bar instead of a salon?

There are tons of reasons a dry bar makes perfect sense for freshening up your look but here are our top four reasons:

1. It’s usually cheaper than a haircut.

At a high-end salon, cuts can run from $50–70, but a blowout can be as little as $20–40, or even less if you have a deal.

2. You’ll be in and out in no time.

The most time-consuming part of a trip to the salon is the cut and color. Subtract those and cut your visit in half.

3. There’s no big commitment.

Maybe you want to change your look for a party, event, or even just a regular date night but you don’t want to go overboard with a dramatic new do. It’s the perfect compromise.

4. Braids are HARD.

I know every Youtuber and Instagrammer is out there trying to convince you you can do a fishtail braid or a crown braid, but does it ever really come out right? Speaking of braids…

Do blow out bars do updos or other styles?

Yes! Most blow out bars do offer simple updos and braids, though you should be prepared for this to cost a little bit more than a standard blowout at some places. Also, unlike getting a custom updo, you’ll most likely be choosing from a set menu of styles (think fishtail braid, waterfall braid, or crown braid and that’s it).

Now that you know what it’s all about, are you ready to try it for yourself? If so, here’s a little inspiration!

Dry Bar Hairstyles

The Classic Blowout

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These pretty, gentle waves were done at Brush and Blow in Pleasanton, CA, but they’re emblematic of the traditional blowout. Basically, just you but on your absolute best hair day.

The Fishtail Braid

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At Drybar in Milwaukee, beachy waves get a hip twist with the addition of a mini fishtail braid in the back.

The Braid-to-Bun

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When you’re ready to get a little fancy, get a wide, elegant side braid leading straight into a bun (like the one stylists at Blo La Mesa put together) for an updo that’s elegant enough for a wedding.

11 Hairdresser Secrets For Making Your Blowout Last

Prep Properly.

The secret to a long-lasting blowout begins before you even pick up your blow dryer. Namely, it’s all about using the products your hair needs. For example, if your blow-out pain point is fine hair that doesn’t hold its shape, prep your hair with a volumizing product—like a lightweight mousse– that will plump up strands. If your hair is thick and full and you’re prone to frizz, get the upper hand with a controlling styling hair crème which will repel fuzz and flyaway hairs.

Divide and Conquer.

The biggest mistake people make when blow-drying, according to Matrix Artistic Director Michael Albor, is not getting all of the hair completely dry. So don’t rush it. Take the time to divide your hair into small, fine sections, and move your brush and blow dryer carefully from scalp to ends, as many times as it takes to get each section of your hair completely dry.

Round is Best.

Blow drying your hair with a ceramic or boar bristle round brush gives you the biggest boost for your buck. The longer your hair, the larger the brush should be. Also, a larger hair brush will produce a straighter result; a smaller brush will lead to a tighter curl. As you dry, direct each section in the opposite direction for more lift at the roots. Then release it and keep your hands off until it’s completely cool. You can also create a barrel-shaped curl while your hair is still warm and clip it into place. “Set” your hair all over and wait until it’s cooled down to remove the clips.

Flip your Head Over.

Droopy roots are the bane of any blowout-lover’s existence. To get maximum volume at the roots, mist damp hair with a targeted, root-boosting spray, then flip your head over and direct the blow-dryer nozzle directly at your roots.

Know Your Spray.

Hairspray can be your blowout’s best friend if you know what type to use and how to use it. According to Michael Albor, a working spray is meant to go on wet and is used to help shape and set the hair. Mist working spray on each section before blow drying. An aerosol spray locks in the shape once it’s finished. “Aerosol hair sprays are meant to go on the hair dry,” explains Michael, “so they should be held 12 to 14 inches away from the head. You shouldn’t wet the hair. When used properly, aerosols will give you amazing humidity resistance and style retention.”

How to Make Your Blowout Last for 5 Days: A Step-by-Step Guide

Day 1: Bouncy blowout

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It’s time to set your locks up for success for the rest of the week—and that means following these steps for the perfect, long-lasting blowout. We got Jean Oh, a stylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York, to show us how it’s done.

1. Double shampoo

Clean hair is the foundation of a long-lasting blowout. Shampoo, rinse, and repeat. This will guarantee that you’ve removed all product buildup, dirt, and oil. Remember, not all formulas are the same. Be sure to find the right shampoo for your hair type.

2. Condition the ends

Think conditioner weighs down your hair? You’re probably A) not using the right formula for your texture, or B) you’re not applying it properly—meaning you’re slathering it all over. The trick is to find a formula that’s made for your specific hair type—(if you have fine hair, try a volumizing formula, like Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner or Aussie Aussome Volume Conditioner. Coarse strands? Amp up the nourishment with Wella Enrich Moisturizing Conditioner for Coarse Hair or Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Conditioner)—and concentrate on the ends only.

3. Prep and protect

Opt for a multipurpose product that guards against heat, defends against humidity, and extends the longevity of your blowout. We like Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray.

4. Rough dry

Grab a pro-approved hair dryer and rough dry hair 80 percent before styling with a round brush.

5. Section strands

Divide hair into small sections, starting at the nape of your neck. Sections should be no larger than your brush. Dry each section individually until 100 percent dry.

6. Set your blowout

Use the cool setting on your blow-dryer to close the cuticle and set your style. Hot tip: We love a fresh blowout as much as anyone, but while caressing your silky strands may feel great in the moment, it can make it look greasy—so do yourself a favor and resist the urge.

Hair Talk

When was the last time you treated yourself to a quality salon blowout?

If it’s been a while…or you’ve never had a pro stylist give you a full blow-dry…we can’t recommend it enough.

Of all the special services offered by your salon, this brisk style refresher is one of the quickest, easiest, and most wallet-friendly ways to re-energize your hair.

However, even though a fine blow-dry, administered by a skilled stylist, can send you out of a salon feeling reborn…

…you’re also going to walk out of there with a big question hanging over your head:

“HOW DO I KEEP IT FEELING THIS GOOD?”

“Wouldn’t you love to keep that exhilarating just-stepped-out-of-the-salon feeling every day?”

The truth is, just like with any salon styling procedure, a blowout is going to look and feel its best right after you’ve gotten it.

And fortunately, just like with a fresh cut, color, or style, you can preserve the airy volume and body of freshly blow-dried locks…

…once you have the secrets!

So, we checked in with the people who’ve got all the keys to sustainable style:

Veteran professional stylists.

And we asked them:

“What are your top techniques for maintaining a blowout after you leave the salon?”

And whether you’re getting that blowout to spice up your look for that upcoming vacation…

…or just giving a touch of extra vitality and spark to your everyday style…

…we’re sure you’ll find these tips will help you hold on to that salon-fresh look like never before!

KEEP THAT BLOWOUT DRY

“The enemy of all blowouts is moisture.”

So says Kevin Marques, a stylist with the Frédéric Fekkai Salon at New York’s Mark Hotel.

Of course, your hair does produce its own moisture, in the form of your scalp’s essential oils.

But Marques is talking about excess dampness, especially in the form of sweat…

…and nothing makes you sweat more than a vigorous exercise session.

That’s why Marques suggests a sweat-absorbent headband for that trip to the gym or morning run.

“That will wick away perspiration from your forehead and the back of your neck,” says Marques.

Keeping the sweat away from these post-blowout problem areas will help you retain that fresh-from-the-salon look for far longer.

“Not only does the right sweatband give your workout style some flash…it also fights that post-blowout dampness.”

But during the summer months, it’s not just working out that can make you sweat.

And, as the sun gets brighter and the temperatures climb…so do your chances of sweating away that blow-dried vibrancy.

That’s why Alli Webb, founder of the California-based Drybar chain of blowout salons, suggests spending as little time outside as possible on that first day after your salon visit.

Plus, there’s a way for you to help preserve your blowout…even while you’re sleeping!

“Keep your bedroom really cold while you sleep,” suggests Webb, “to prevent night sweating.”

So, for a longer-lasting blow-dry…you want to crank up the A/C and let it blow, too!1

FOR AN UPDO, THINK LOOSE

Even with a fresh blowout, with the summer upon us, going for that face-cooling updo sure sounds inviting.

But be aware:

The kind of updo you choose can make a difference for your blow-dry’s lifespan.

“As soon as you place your hair into a pony or tight bun,” says Nexxus New York celebrity stylist Lona Vigi, “you’re ruining your blowout by creating odd bends.”

So, what’s the best way to enjoy the breezy benefits of an updo without sacrificing that blow-dried volume?

Here’s a styling tip from Jennifer Yepez, a stylist whose client list includes Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Salma Hayek.2

Using a paddle brush with good, tight bristles, sweep your hair straight up to the top of your head.

Then wrap your hair into a large bun…but make sure it’s a LOOSE one. (For thicker hair, you’ll want to do two side-by-side buns.)

“If you go with a hot-day updo, you want to keep it loose, to prevent unsightly bends in your hair.”

Secure the hair in place with a couple bobby pins…and you’ve got a body-preserving updo that’ll keep you chilled out and comfortable!3

DEVELOP A MULTI-DAY BLOWOUT PROGRAM

You know, of course, that the free-and-easy beauty of your blowout won’t last forever.

But you can keep those tresses feeling healthy and clean for longer…with the right post-blowout routine.

Here’s a program, created by Jaiza Yelverton at Philadelphia’s DryBar City Center, for maintaining a fresh-and-fierce blow-dry look…all the way through DAY 5!

  • DAY 1: Put your hair in an overnight loose-bun updo like the one suggested by Yepez, then give your locks extra protection by sleeping with a silk or satin pillowcase. Your hair will just glide over these smooth fabrics…a dynamite frizz and flyaway fighter! You’ll want to keep up this hair-protecting overnight routine throughout this cycle. (Don’t forget to turn the A/C up!)

“The low-friction feel of satin and silk is much more effective for retaining your hair’s shape and volume.”)

  • DAY 2: During the day, treat your tips with your favorite hair oil or hydrating mist.
  • DAY 3: By now, your hair may be feeling a little less fresh than it did before your blow-dry. But have no fear…dry shampoo is here! Spray and massage your roots to blot away excess oil and support the moisturizing effect of the previous day’s oil.
  • DAY 4: On this day, you may want to reinforce any natural waves with a swift spot curl. It’s also wise to give the lower part of your locks a quick brush, as you may be starting to show a bit of tangle.
  • DAY 5: Another oil-and-brushing touch-up is a good way to go, and if you’ve got plans for the evening, now’s the time to break out that cute ponytail, or maybe a chic braid.5

Yelverton’s routine, which is perfectly easy to try at home, will give your blowout a powerful new lease on life…and keep you looking and feeling fantastic for days!

YOU’LL NEVER BLOW IT AGAIN

If you’ve never gotten yourself a professional blowout before now, we understand.

After all, a salon-quality blowout is one of the most affordable stylist services around…

…but why pay anything for a procedure that’s going to just fade away by the next morning… right?

Well, you no longer have to wait to treat yourself to an incomparably rejuvenating salon experience.

Just keep these pro stylists’ expert blowout-maintenance tips in mind when you schedule your appointment…

…and soon, you’ll be making a blow-dry session a regular part of every visit to the salon!

CITATIONS

  1. How To: Maintain a Perfect Blowout!, www.bloout.com/how-to-maintain-a-perfect-blowout.

FAQs

In-Shop Services

How much is a blowout?

The price of a blowout varies by market. and clicking on your state.

How long does a blowout take?

The average blowout takes 45 minutes, but can take more or less time depending on your desired results!

What’s your cancellation policy?

You may cancel up to 2 hours before the start of your appointment. By entering your credit card information at the time of booking, you agree to accept a $20 cancellation fee if you cancel within 2 hours of the start of your appointment or do not show up. For parties or groups of six or more, 50% of the total cost is charged when the group cancels within 24 hours of booking, and 100% of total cost is charged when the group cancels within 2 hours of booking.

Will my hair be washed during my appointment?

Yes! Your hair will be washed at no charge. For Uptini services, we do not advise having your hair washed during your appointment but we’ll of course accommodate a wash if you prefer!

What’s your extensions policy?

While we happily service clients with extensions, Drybar is not responsible for extensions that come loose or are damaged during the wash or blowout. We recognize that extensions are expensive and delicate; we will be as careful as possible in handling them, however we simply cannot assume responsibility if they come out or are damaged as a result of a Drybar service. To accommodate for the extra time extensions take to style, Drybar will charge $20 to all clients with “sewn-in”, “tape-in”, “beaded-in” and “clip-in” extensions.

If I ask my stylist to put my hair up in a bun or ponytail, is that a blowout or uptini?

We consider buns and ponytails an Uptini service!

Can I bring in my wig to be washed, dried, and styled? Is there a fee?

Yes, we’d love to wash and style your wig! We do consider this a blowout service.

Can I book an appointment for just a braid?

It depends! You can book an Uptini for a full braid service or add a braid to any blowout for $10 per braid. We’re unable to book an appointment for just a braid without a blowout or Uptini service. For Dry Styling braid services, please see the DRY STYLING section further down on this page.

Are the drinks complimentary?

Absolutely! We’re not able to serve alcohol at all of our locations due to local laws but do serve a complimentary glass of water, tea, or coffee with any blowout and a glass of complimentary white wine or champagne at select locations. In Las Vegas and Waikiki, we have a full service bar with delicious mixed cocktails for an added price. .

I have sensitive skin and can only use certain products. Can I bring them with me for my appointments?

Yes, we’re ok with this! If you’d like to give our products a try, all are paraben, phthalate and sulfate free. Often times, our products are also gluten free so feel free to check with your stylist or give us a ring if you want more information on any of our products. Also, here are lists of our products online to see which are formulated without determined ingredients:

  • Paraben Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Sulfate Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Phthalate Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Cruelty Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Vegan Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Gluten Free Hair Care Products
  • Nut Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Keratin Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
  • Honey Free Shampoos, Conditioners & Hair Care Products
Is gratuity included in the cost of a service?

Gratuity is not included in the cost of your service, however, it is at your discretion as a client.

DRY STYLING

What is a dry style?

A dry style is one of our signature looks executed on dry hair! Instead of using our personalized blowout techniques, we use an assortment of our hot tools and products to get you to your desired look.

How much does it cost?

A dry style costs $25. Feel free to add braids to your look for $10 each! Our extension policy does apply to any dry style services.

How long does it take?

A dry style at Drybar typically takes 20 minutes or less.

Can I book a dry style service?

Yes! You can now book a dry style service at any Drybar location.

Do you take walk-ins?

We welcome walk-ins and always do our very best to accommodate walk-ins at any of our Drybar locations.

Should I have dry or wet hair for a dry style?

We are only able to offer a dry style on dry hair. Not to fear – if you arrive with wet hair, we would be more than happy to check availability for a full-service blowout!

Does my hair need to be clean?

Clean hair is great, but if it’s not, we have a lineup of Detox Dry Shampoos and Dry Conditioners we can use to freshen it up.

What if I have extensions?

If you bring clip-ins or have extensions already in, it is an additional $20 – just like our blowouts.
While we happily service clients with extensions, Drybar is not responsible for extensions that come loose or are damaged during the wash or blowout. We recognize that extensions are expensive and delicate; we will be as careful as possible in handling them, however we simply cannot assume responsibility if they come out or are damaged as a result of a Drybar service. To accommodate for the extra time extensions take to style, Drybar will charge $20 to all clients with ”sewn-in,” ”tape-in,” ”beaded-in,” and “clip-in” extensions.

Is an Updo a dry style?

Drybar Uptinis are priced separately. We consider buns and ponytails to be an Uptini service, but we recommend getting a consultation with your stylist to determine price.

What if I just want a braid (or two)?

If you want one or two braids without any styling (using hot tools) it will be $25. If you want 3+ braids, it will be $10 per braid. If you want to add a braid to a Look, it is an additional $10. If the braid is more involved, and includes pinning, incorporating it into another look, etc., ask your stylist for a pricing consultation.

I accidentally booked a dry style, but I really want a blowout, what should I do?

Uh-oh! You may have to wait a little bit to be seen, but we will do our very best to accommodate you for a full blowout.

Make A Blowout Last Longer With These 12 Super Simple Hair Hacks

One of the most luxurious things you can with your hair is to get a blowout, which means they can be pricey, so you’ll want to learn how to make that blowout last. Few things are as lovely as sitting there while a skilled hairdresser washes, massages, brushes, and blows out your hair. The best part of the whole appointment? Walking out of your hair salon with movie star, Disney princess-worthy locks that make you feel like you can take on the world. The worst part? Realizing that by day three, your blowout is limp, flat, and kind of over. That’s where these blowout hacks come in.

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, going a few days without washing your hair is really healthy, and the perfect time to try doing that is when you’re attempting to preserve a blowout. You can make your blowout last three to seven (seriously) days instead of one or two days with some simple tricks that will take only a few minutes. Not only will your hair look amazing, but these hacks will also cut down on the amount of time it takes you to get ready. You won’t have to worry about blowing out your hair, because it will basically already be done!

Want to know how you can extend a blowout without sporting greasy, oily hair that can only be seen in public if it’s hidden under a hat? Check out these 12 blowout hacks that will keep you and your hair happy.

1. Avoid all products the first day of your blowout.

Hair products will weigh your hair down, and can sometimes make hair look greasier or feel limp faster. On the first day of your blowout, your hair will be fresh and clean, so don’t mess with it!

2. Use anti-humidity spray the next few days.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $22, Amazon

Hot, humid weather is a blowout’s worst enemy. Spray hair with an anti-humidity spray like this Oribe spray to keep frizz away.

3. Twist hair up into a loose bun or high ponytail while you’re sleeping.

When you sleep, your hair can easily get tangled, messy and a little greasy. Avoid that by putting it up for minimal damage. Bonus: When you wake up, you’ll have extra volume.

4. Sleep on a satin or silk pillow.

You can go one step further in preventing hair from getting messed up overnight by switching to satin or silk pillowcases, which keep hair shiny and smooth.

5. Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.

I know your hair feels ridiculously soft and looks amazing, but running your fingers through it will make it oily, greasy, and dirty.

6. Keep dry shampoo handy.

Dry shampoo is basically your god. As soon as your hair starts to look a little greasy, spray the roots with dry shampoo. Let it soak everything up for a few minutes before rubbing it in more. This keeps your hair looking fresh and will give you some much-needed volume.

7. On the second or third day (whenever hair gets limp), use a large-barrel curling iron for some waves.

A large curling iron gives third-day hair a much needed boost.

8. Use a shower cap while showering.

Simply pulling your hair into a bun isn’t enough to keep it from getting wet. You want to avoid extra warm moisture at all costs, so a shower cap is necessary.

9. Use dry conditioner spray.

Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner Spray, $25, Amazon

Dry conditioner is similar to dry shampoo (it adds volume), but it makes hair softer and more hydrated and touchable. This Oscar Blandi is awesome; just concentrate on the ends or your hair rather than the roots.

10. Try to avoid anything that will make you sweat a lot.

Again, you really want to avoid any unnecessary moisture, like what happens when you sweat. If you want your hair to look perfect for a few days, focus on strength-training at the gym instead of cardio, or avoid it altogether.

11. If you have to go to the gym, wear a moisture-wicking headband.

Skinny Fly-Away Tamer Headband, $12, Lululemon

If you can’t go a few days without doing cardio, use a headband to keep away as much moisture and sweat as possible.

12. Use a hydrating shine spray when hair starts to look dull.

A few days in, and your hair will start to look pretty dull. Add some shine spray to make it look brand new again.

Biolage Styling Smoothing Shine Milk, $14, Amazon

Your expensive blowout doesn’t seem so splurge-y when it lasts a whole week, right?

Images: rohappy/Fotolia; Courtesy Brands; Giphy

Yours In Style,

What exactly is a Blowout? Funny you should ask…

More and more people are realizing the benefits of professional blowouts… as for the rest, well, they’re asking “What is a ‘blowout’?”.

Professional grooming is not a new concept, but the concept of salons specified to these “in-between” services is spreading rapidly. If you are amongst the crowd who has yet to decide to leave your regular hair care to the professionals, have no fear, you’re not alone. We had our Styling Expert, Kristen, put together some explanations, answering your questions of what a blowout is, what other hair services are available at TDD, and what are the benefits of using these services.

What exactly is a Blowout?

The Blowout is a service designed to maintain healthy and styled hair in between haircuts and colors. A full blowout service at TDD includes two washes, one wash using clarifying shampoo, and the other a Blowout Shampoo complete with thermal protectant. Of course, we condition the hair after the washes to prep it for a beautiful style. Our beauty bar offers add-ons for services, including deep-conditioning treatments and scalp massages.

Once your hair is clean and conditioned, the fun starts. We offer 7 specialty styles appropriately named, The 7 Daily Do’s. TDD Blowout Experts are experienced and well trained on brush control techniques and all products used during your services. At the Daily Details we use Kenra Platinum line to prep style and hold your style. Looking at hair type, scalp condition, and your desired look, we customize the styling products that best suit you.! Every service is tailored specifically to your hair and we make sure each client leaves feeling and looking amazing.

“Why do people get blowouts regularly?”

Why not?!? But seriously, the question is really WHO is taking advantage of professional styling? You might chose to leave it to the professionals if you:

  • struggle with the thickness, or texture of your hair
  • simply do not have time to spend drying and styling your own hair
  • just want a polished manageable style that lasts
  • are facing daily hair issues such as oily scalp or heat damaged hair (we are always willing to advise you in the health of your hair!)

“How long will a blowout last me?”

On average your blowout will last anywhere from 3-5 days. With more textured hair the number of days can multiply, and with finer hair it may need a little more maintenance to last. Once you get into a regular routine with blowouts, you will find that your hair is super adaptable. You can correct issues you face with your hair and scalp by regularly being serviced! We will provide you with tips on making your style last between services.

“Do you only do blowouts at your salon?”

The Daily Details is not a full service hair salon, we focus on specific elements of hair care including health and styling. We do not only do blowouts though.. we offer several hair services aside from our popular wash and style:

  • The Pick-Me-Up – Unique to our beauty bar, the pick-me-up is a 30 minute dry-styling service. Whether you have plans after work, or an important meeting, or you just need 30 minutes of me-time, this service is for you! We can add curls, straighten your hair, style a bun or pony-tail, or give you a sweet braid… Get you ready for whatever is ahead on your agenda.
  • The Refresh- This service is offered to clients who receive a blowout service. It is available 2-4 days after your blowout and usually takes about 15-20 minutes. For the refresh we tend to your roots, give you that boost your blowout may need to get you into the late week and maintain your style without starting back at the wash. The refresh is key in training your locks, and we offer it free to all TDD Elite members.
  • Formal Styling- Got a big event on your calendar? We love being part of celebrations! All of our styling professionals are talented in styling beautiful, long lasting formal up-dos. Whether you’re looking for that little extra for a birthday gathering , or it’s the biggest day of your life and you need to look just perfect TDD has your hair covered no matter the occasion!

Stay tuned for our video premiere!!!!

Hoping this cleared up any questions, and helped you see that convenience is just one of the benefits of a blowout. Look out next week as we launch our very first video!! Salon Manager Ashley debuts her voice over skills with an awesome visual aid explaining Blowout Basics and spotlighting our choice products and tools at The Daily Details! In honor of our video debut we will be offering $10 off all Blowouts and Pick-Me-Up Services Sundays through Thursday for ALL of October. That’s not all beauties… take advantage of the special and show our new video some love by liking and sharing it on your favorite social media platform and you will receive a FREE gift when they come in for their service too! Can’t wait to see you soon!

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