review. blow dry bar.
Shop 455, Macquarie Centre, Macquarie Park.
Photos by Debra & me
Sometimes the act of getting ready can be more satisfying than actually being 'out'. The reason I relished school formal season was not for the event itself, but the preparation. Getting your hair and makeup done is much more fulfilling (not to mention stress-free) when you're not doing it yourself. Therapeutic times sitting on the high chair at the makeup counter or reclining by the wash basin that were once reserved for special occasions (or getting a haircut) are now available on any ordinary day... without breaking the bank. Blow Dry Bar was founded in 2008 in Sydney after noticing a gap in the market for an affordable, quality blow dry. The chain has since expanded to over 20 locations around Australia.
I was invited to check out the salon at Macquarie Centre the other week to see what Blow Dry Bar was all about. A consultation with a stylist about what look I wanted to achieve (I said 'surprise me') but not without champagne or juice on arrival, followed by a relaxing wash and head massage with sweet smelling product. The outcome was a wispy side fringe, volume close to the roots and some tighter curls towards the ends. I wasn't going anywhere fancy that night (unless you count a work meeting) but I wish I had. The whole experience took around 30 minutes (though the attention to detail was still at its best) and only costs you a cool $40. I may have just found my new instant pick me up. So whether you're after a mood lift or confidence boost, going out, staying in or it just so happens to be your Treat Yo Self day, it's worth checking out Blow Dry Bar for a style - they also do hair cuts, colours, treatments and even blow dry parties. Bookings can be made here.
Thanks to Kelly and Blow Dry Bar for letting me try out this great service.