When I was a young girl, women used to go to the hair dressers once a week to get their hair washed and styled. Hair salons were abuzz with local gossip, and a good hair stylist could not only create the perfect beehive, she was also the keeper of all secrets, and doled out advice to the lovelorn. Equilibrium was maintained until those “darn hippies” came to town. “Hippy” girls washed their hair themselves and allowed it to dry in a sunlit field of daisies. Long hair flowing in the breeze, and romantic fields stole our hearts, so we all started doing it—the hair care at home part—not the daisy fields. With the advent of new hair care products, our hair was supposed to be “bouncing and behaving”.
Only, we girls know that long flowing hair or the perfectly styled pixie requires more work than one might imagine. Behind the scenes are blow driers, curling irons and all sorts of conditioners, sprays, mouses and special brushes. We still go to elaborate lengths and spend thousands of dollars to keep our hair looking like we just stepped out of the salon—unless you are like me—my hair rarely looks like I just stepped out of the salon, except when I have.
Well, ladies, there’s a new game in town, young girls, beauty gurus and fashionistas are already doing it-and if you are too, count yourself a member of the “in” crowd—the new thing, and great way to keep your hair looking bouncy and beautiful: blow dry bars. Blow dry bars are designed so we can pop in and get a quick style on our lunch break, or before grabbing drinks with friends after work. You can get an up do for a special occasion or mermaid curls for a hot date.
While Blow Dry Bars are not new, until today, I have never been to one. Cynthia Keenan, the owner of Blo Blow Dry Bar of Tampa invited me to give it a go so I could share my thoughts with you. My services, a blow out and makeover were complementary, but my opinions, and observations are, as always, my own.
Dirty hair day:
These days, I wash my hair every other or every third day. It tends to get dehydrated very easily and I have been struggling to find products that work with my fine hair giving it fullness, and the ability to hold a style without getting weighed down or leaving it dry and brittle. So I was curious and a bit nervous. There is a Glamour Shot in my past that should have never seen the light of day, and all sorts of special moments where my hair was not so special, so I wasn’t sure what I was in for.
On the Friday afternoon before my appointment, Roger and I had gone skating and worked out, and my hair was in dire need of a good wash. Becca Ashley, my stylist, asked me how I’d like my hair styled from a menu of several basic styles from full glam curls to sleek and straight. I opted for full sexy curls.
After washing my hair, Becca spritzed the ends with Unite 7 Seconds Condition, which protects the hair from heat and sun damage as well as serving as an extra level of conditioning Becca swears by. She then spritzed my crown lightly with Unite Expanda Volume root energizer and set to work drying and then curling my hair. The wash and blow dry took less than a half hour.
We then went to the makeup area where Becca gave me a makeover. I let her do her own thing so I could learn as much as possible from the experience. Becca started with Glo tinted primer SPF 30. She then applied Luminous Liquid foundation, a light to medium coverage foundation, after which she set the look with pressed base for full coverage. Each of the products can be used on their own depending on the level of coverage or look you are going for. Together, they create a flawless look, which is what I like to go for. Using the Glo contour kit which has two bronzers, a matte highlight and a shimmer highlight, Becca contoured and highlighted like the pro she is. Becca showed me how to do a “Sunset” style eyeshadow, which I had seen but had not tried. We talked lots about tips for older women so I have lots more to share from this experience.
I was so thrilled with the results that I texted my daughter as soon as I got to the car to let her know that I’d found “our place”. When she’s home wants the two of us to spend quality time together getting beauty treatments, but until now, we hadn’t found a place for a quick beauty experience near our home.
Blo Blow Dry Bar has a cool, hip vibe, but is, at the same time, comfortable and friendly. While I was there, Cynthia, the owner set up a table for kids to do homework while their moms were getting a blow out.
The hair: I loved the style—it was just exactly the way I like it. Natural yet intentional curls, with just the right fullness and lift. The style held for two days without need for any touch up. I was thrilled that my hair still looked great on the third day but needed just a little redirection at the crown with a blow dryer—usually third day hair means ponytail for me.
The makeup: I loved the look, and learned several tips I can’t wait to share in tomorrow’s special post. The makeup held a good six hours before needing a touch up (I have quite oily skin). I think that women with combination to dry skin and women who live in a less humid environment would have much longer results.
I have a sample of the tinted primer which I cant wait to use, and I loved the contour kit—if I didn’t already have several, I would have definitely purchased Glo’s. I also loved the lip color-I definitely plan to get some the next time I am by the shop. It was creamy, moisturizing and natural feeling on my lips, and this one was beautiful and great for my perpetually dry lips.
My complete makeover including hair took a little over an hour. A blow out runs $40, and makeup runs $50 though prices may vary by location. Blo also offers nails, and waxing services and is ideal for bridal and girls night out parties. I can’t wait for Brooke to come home for Thanksgiving so we can do it together
Tune in Tomorrow for the Special Tips I learned from Becca Ashley:
I will be posting a special edition Tips and Tricks from Blo Blow Dry Bar—Having had such a great experience, I would urge you to go to Blo Blow Dry Bar in Tampa—but for those who don’t live near here, I’ll share some of the things I learned.