What TF is Drybar?…And is it worth it?
Blowout bars are nothing new to Nashville. I remember when they first started popping up - what, four years ago now? And in all of that time, I continued to pass them by, not giving them much thought at all. To be fair, I’m pretty frugal when it comes to beauty services, products...and really just shopping in general. Heck, I always used to say that I would rather buy a new video game than get my nails done (as I type these words with a freshly manicured set - oh how the times have changed!!!).
However, last week, I noticed a friend’s post on Instagram announcing that Drybar finally found a home in Nashville. So, I dug in and quietly pondered whether the $45 minimum spend was worth having someone else do for me what I do myself each and every (okay, most) mornings. Well, the Instagram algorithm odds were in my favor and lined up another primo Instagram post for my visual digestion. Come to find out, my friend Erin Keefe was recently hired at Drybar and actively in search of models on which she could to test her skills before fully taking the plunge onto the Drybar team(!!). Whaddya know? I found myself a cost-free entry into the land of professionally blow dried hair - happy day!
I booked an appointment, conveniently before a trip to California, and excitedly waited for the day to come.
And what did I learn after stepping out of Drybar’s brand-spanking-new space in Capital View? There is more to a blowout than meets the eye. What I failed to consider beforehand is that what you’re actually getting...is actually kind of a lot. With a range of services offered (like on-set styling, wedding / party do’s, VIP room appointments, and private event bookings), Drybar offers various styles for you to choose from - whether you’re wanting slick-straight hair, an old-fashioned style, an up-do, or my opted style - cosmo tai (hair styled into effortless, beachy, wavy perfection) they can really do it all (they even have several styles for kiddos to peruse!).
After a shampoo and condition with all of the good stuff (product list linked here) you spend 45 or so minutes getting styled and pampered -- and all the while you sit casually lounging, sipping on a mimosa (or wine or coffee or lemon water…). Throughout the process, your stylist will help explain what products work really well with your hair type...and also what products you should stay far, far away from. All in all, I left feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and quite lovely. And isn’t that what we all really want?? To just feel good about ourselves? What’s more, the style lasted far longer than any style i’ve managed to scrape by on my own head of hair. I’ll spend $60 on that any day.
Psst - Drybar actually has videos & how to’s on their site so you can attempt the styles, with their guidance, at home. Check those out here.