How do you choose where you get your hair/nails/tans/fitness/facials done? Friend recommendation? Magazine? Yelp reviews?
I’m completely guilty of using Yelp, even though I know that owners of these places create fake accounts and post glowing reviews.
So guess what? I decided to start posting reviews here- since I’m the kind of person that will try almost everything.
Today it’s all about the blowout bar trend that has FINALLY hit Chicago.
Back in the day, a blowout used to cost whatever your stylist’s rate was- and one stylist I used to go to charged 95 bucks! If you’re like me, 95 dollars is a lot to spend for something that you will most likely ruin by sleeping on or working out the next day. And if you wanted extensions clipped in or your hair curled…the price kept going up.
Aside from cost- the other major issue with getting a killer blow out was time. I remember going to a Gold Coast Salon here in Chicago, waiting for an assistant to shampoo me, then waiting for my stylist to finish the client before me, then sitting for a 45 min blow-dry. 1 hour and 30 mins is NOT ideal.
Which is why I’m such a fan of blow-dry bars.
- get you in and out in under an hour
- provide a “menu” of styles – which eliminates guessing games and getting lost in translation
- one set price, usually $40
- one person washes and styles you- eliminating time and extra tip
- normally open early and late
- businesses need to accommodate for steady stream of customers and hire MEH stylists
- you most likely will get someone you’ve never met, who doesn’t know your hair and what you like
Chicago BlowDry Bars and what I thought:
- friendly staff
- on-line bookings
- provides an i pad with both a style menu and magazines to read
- they provide at home services as well, I’ve yet to use
- I’ve never had a bad blowout here- in fact I’ve had some of the best. They’ve worked with my long hair and short as well and always done a fantastic job.
- rude front desk girl
- fantastic owners (sometimes they work the front desk)
- have to call to book an appointment
- I’ve always had a fantastic blow-dry here as well and I’ve never had the same stylist twice. I’ve also gone in for a “touch up” before a big date and now I’m married to the guy ;)
- on-line booking
- they provide at home styling options- which I’ve used and she was prompt and did a great job
- cute salon
- stylists are always chatting/singing loudly
- took my mom there and she got a HORRIFIC style job- think tight spiral curls. But the stylist was happy to re blow straight and it looked great
- one stylist pulls very hard on hair and has ripped out my extensions
- (aside from the pain) always very happy when I left
- I’ve been to one of the New York salons and LOVED everything about the experience
- on-line booking
- I booked with a female, and when I got there they gave me a male (no biggie, but odd)
- Oribe & Kerastase products
- provide an i pad loaded with magazines and styles
- I booked for an add on conditioning treatment- they didn’t give it to me but tried to charge me for it
- asked my stylist for “beachy loose waves, or bend to my hair with a deep side part”. He delivered the worst hair I’ve ever seen. My hair looked; limp, scraggly, frizzy and was parted off center. I took a pic but it’s too bad to post…I did send it to my normal stylist who was in shock
- I will not go back to this location- and they had the BEST YELP reviews by far- which inspired this post.
You can go to your own stylist or someone who has a stylist they love for those truly special occasions or if you don’t want to leave it up to chance. For those I recommend: Tina Morales/CM Salon, Nicole/Studio 110, Hans VanDoornick/Maxine, Charles Lord, Aaron Scott/Charles Iferegan, Elle/Tracy Anducci, Alexi/Taylor Reese.