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September 14, 2012

Review: the drybar Flatiron

What is it?
Blow dry bar offering blowouts for $40.  Their tag line is No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.  I went to the drybar located at 4 West 16th St., New York City.

Why did I go here?
I had read some press about it and a coworker had gone there for a wedding.

Should you sample this?
I love that you can make an appointment online, but be aware appointments on popular days (like the weekend) go fast.  I made an appointment for 7:30 pm on a Thursday.  Upon arrival, I was greeted by two receptionists and immediately offered a drink (brownie points!!).  My cucumber water was good (to kill time I had already had an after work drink).  At exactly 7:30 I was greeted by my stylist. 

She lead me to her chair and we discussed what type of blowout I wanted.  I like my hair very straight so I selected the Manhattan with a slight bend.  After we chose the style, to the wash area we went.  The wash was great and the conditioner smelled amazing.  Back to the chair to start blow drying.  While my stylist worked I switched from iPhone texting to watching "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" which was playing on the big screen in the middle of the "bar".  There was a place to charge my iPhone as well as magazines for me to read.  My stylist used Moroccan Oil products to help with the detangling.  Using a paddlebrush to detangle my hair may not have been the best choice, next time I will suggest she use a wide tooth comb instead. 

When all was dry, I loved it! Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Total cost: $41.80. 

I only have one negative:  Although I was not offended there were two comments by my stylist that I could have done without.  "Your hair wasn't that bad" and "Usually ethnic hair requires a lot of tension with the brush".  Maybe better training when dealing with a multi ethnic population would help here - again I wasn't offended and loved my style! It looked great the next day too.  I'll be back, maybe before work next time...they open at 7 am.

If you are looking for a great deal on a blow out in minimal time, you should sample this.

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