Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ready, Set, Blow: Blow Dry Bar Trend Hits South Florida

There’s a new bar in town shaking things up – but you won’t find martinis being mixed here.

Blow-dry bars, the latest hair salon trend, are heating up South Florida.  Since 2012, more than 10 shops have opened up in Palm Beach County alone. The concept first arose in New York City in 2007 and quickly caught on to other metropolitan areas, eventually expanding to smaller markets.

Though they first began as the finishing touch to a haircut or color, blowouts have since emerged as a service in its own right. Traditional salons still offer blowouts, but price is often based on hair length or thickness. Blow-dry bars have streamlined the concept by offering a prix fixe price no matter your hair type.

Clients can go in with greasy, dull hair pulled back in a ponytail or covered in a baseball cap and leave with luxurious locks ready for the red carpet. Most salons charge between $35-$45 dollars for hair to be washed, conditioned, dried and styled in less than an hour.

The salons aim for convenience, operating seven days a week, with some opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 9 p.m. Unlike traditional salons, no appointment is necessary although they can be made in advance.

Whether you need a quick blowout before the big meeting, a midday lunch break pick-me-up or finishing touches for date night we’ve got you covered on the best blow dry bars around town.

FlyDry

This salon offers six look book styles ranging from “Turbulance”, a beachy wave design to their signature six-brush “Fly Private” blowout that promises, body bounce and shine. Standard services are $35 for a shampoo, scalp massage, and blowout but they also offer express services if you’re just looking for a basic blowout without the wash for reduced rates. And on those days you don’t want leave the house, FlyDry will be your saving grace. For just $100, the salon will charter a stylist straight to you.

Open 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Boca Raton Location: Mission Bay Plaza 20423 State Road 7, Suite F3

Delray Beach Location: Pineapple Grove District 183 N.E. Second Ave.

Blow and Go

The stylists here promise to have your hair looking fabulous and you feeling glamourous in 30 minutes, all for just $35. Sit back and have your hair transformed while sipping a cappuccino and watching you favorite chick flicks (with subtitles of course). The salons offers packages that never expire as well as monthly membership deals that can save you up to $55 per month. Come for your blowout on Monday or Tuesday for the $25 blowout special.

Open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Boca Location: Polo Club Shoppes, 5030 Champion Blvd., Suite B-3

East Boca Location: 6361 N. Federal Highway

SoBlo

Leave with your hair looking both shiny and healthy at this salon. SoBlo is proud to call itself the only all-natural blow-dry bar in South Florida. Its in-house line of chemical-free styling products will nourish you hair and keep your blowout lasting for days. For $35 clients are given the star treatment with complementary champagne. If you need to get in and out quickly, head in for a “quickie” for just $25. In addition to blowouts, the salon also offers “SoTwisted” styles a variety of twist and braids that’s perfect whether you’re on the go or getting ready for an elegant evening out.

Boca Location: 2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 1203

Cloud 10

Before founding her own blow dry bar, Jodi Dery set out on a cross-Atlantic journey to visit the 30 most prominent blow dry bars in the United States. She took the best of what she saw and created Cloud 10. The salon’s services include a relaxing shiatsu massage in one of the “Celebrity Wash” shampoo chairs, a salon-provided iPad for your entertainment and the “Icon Privé” dryer that has been labeled “the Rolls Royce of styling tools.” For $40, get a shampoo blowout and styling or add on to your look with a cut, color or one of the full salon services offered. Cloud 10 even offers blowout insurance. If it rains within three days of your blowout, come back in for half off the usual price.

Boca Location: Palmetto Park Shoppes, 289 E. Palmetto Park Road

Delray Beach Location: Worthing Place, 32 S.E. Second Ave.

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