Blown Away: My Amazing Drybar Experience

by Molly Scott

Before: my hair is naturally very straight and won’t hold a curl for more than an hour.

I’ve wanted to try Drybar for a long time now. For those who don’t know, Drybar can be best described as a hair salon that doesn’t do cuts or color, just blowouts for a flat rate of $40. Places that specialize solely in blow-drying and curling are very hot right now, especially in NYC. So, for my 21st birthday, I decided to treat myself and see what this latest trend is all about. Here’s what happened:

I had a morning appointment at the Drybar in the Parker Meridien Hotel (they have various locations throughout the city) in midtown. As soon as I arrived, they were so welcoming and there was this overwhelming sense of hospitality with free drinks being offered to me throughout the appointment. The location I went to is relatively small and had a “bar” with customers sitting along it getting their hair done. They always have a movie playing – the one that was on when I was there was The Breakfast Club.


There is a small menu of style options to choose from ranging from sleek and straight to beachy waves to tight curls. They also offer extra add-ons. Since my hair doesn’t have a lot of volume and doesn’t hold curls well, I decided to go with pretty tight curls that would eventually become looser for nighttime. The woman who did my hair did an incredibly thorough job – she started by shampooing and then used the blow dryer on small sections of my hair at a time while using a barrel brush to curl it. She then used the curling iron and A LOT of hairspray, which was necessary. The spray wasn’t sticky and didn’t weigh down my hair, as hairspray tends to do. She did an amazing job!

The blowouts offered at Drybar will usually last around two days. Honestly, I didn’t believe that mine would’ve stayed in for more than 3 hours, however, for the first time in my life, those curls lasted way more than 12 hours. By 9pm, the curls were just as tight as they were in the morning. It was such a fun experience and because it was my birthday, they gave a free blowout for the next time I come in. If you’re willing to splurge on yourself, I highly recommend Drybar!

After: from the back.

 Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Molly Scott.


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