Monday, October 15, 2012

Where to Get a Blow-Dry: Dry Bar

There I was having a nice little Saturday morning doing errands. Farmers market? Check. Pick up dry cleaning? Check. Car wash? Check. Pharmacy? Check, check. I was on my way home and decided to reward my uber productive self with a Starbucks' latte. I pulled into a parking spot right on Wisconsin Avenue when a woman appeared at the passenger side of my car, smiled, and indicated that she wanted me to roll down the window. Feeling friendly and happy, I did. She leaned in and said that works across the street at a new salon called Dry Bar and asked if I had time for a free blow-dry.

I tried to play it off and act like I actually had other things to do like this:

But, because getting a blow-dry is one of my favorite things to do ever in the history of things to do, on the inside I was like this:

Thus, I began my amazing blow-dry experience at Dry Bar.

Dry Bar is a salon that specializes in blow-drys. No haircuts, no color, no other salon services. Just blow-drys. Yes, it's GENIUS. The first location opened in 2010 in Brentwood, California and since then locations have popped up all over the country. Two of the newest locations, slated to open this coming Friday, are in Bethesda, and right here in the District in my north Georgetown neighborhood.

I entered the new salon and immediately loved the vibe. It's modern, sleek, relaxing, and warm-- all at once. A cozy reception area is to the right and to the left is a long bar with white chairs on one side. It legit looks like a bar! Ahh-dorable. Instead of booze on the shelves behind the bar, hair products are lined up and displayed. Again, so cute. My stylist, who was friendly and bubbly, sat me down and took a look at my hair. She suggested the "cosmopolitan" blow out. She then led me into another room where she washed my hair, and then brought me back to her station at the bar.
The end result of my blow dry

Dry Bar has a "menu" so that patrons can choose their preferred blow-dry style:

Manhattan- sleek and smooth finish
Mai Tai- messy and beachy look
Southern Comfort- big hair and lots of volume
Cosmopolitan- loose curls
Straight Up- simple and straight look

 All blow-drys are the same price: $40.

To play along with the "bar" feel even more, all the stations at the bar face giant flat screen televisions. Instead of sports, chick flicks. I know, sounds amazing, right? I watched The Devil Wears Prada and part of The Notebook while I had my hair styled. Heaven. My stylist was in training (hence the free blow-dry) and various managers came over and gave her different pointers. Everyone was friendly, nice, and knew their stuff.

I can't stress enough how impressed I was throughout the experience. Basically, the entire time I was thinking:

Additionally, all you busy D.C. ladies, Dry Bar opens as early as 7am Monday- Friday! I don't know any salons in the District that open that early. The Georgetown location also has a private room that can be rented out for parties. You better believe I'm going to take advantage of that.

Bottom line, ladies--- this place is legit. And for $40 you get one hell of a blow-dry. My plan was to hang out on my couch that night, but after having my hair did? I quickly made plans so that I could go show off my pretty hair.  Because lets face it, after a good blow-dry, we all feel like this:

Gina Carano lip bite

Even if the night ends with us sending inappropriate text messages to someone and stumbling home like this:

And, if you need some additional entertainment on this cloudy Monday, check out this video of Justin Bieber prank calling the Dry Bar. Trust me, you'll giggle.

P.S. Yes, I'm currently obsessed with incorporating gifs into my posts. How'd I do?


  1. THIS. IS. GENIUS. Thank you. Every time I try to get a blow dry with some kind of style the stylist looks at me like a crazy person. No more!

  2. This place sounds amazing! I have heard of the blowout bar craze but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Hopefully soon!

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