Friday, July 15, 2011

A [Really Super] Good Hair Day: Drybar Comes to San Diego

You know my penchant for throwing my hair into a ponytail. What you may not know is that I am severely blow-dryer challenged. Meaning, if I get my hair to end up at least slightly less frizzy with a blow-dryer, than it looks when it air dries, I count the day a massive success. And recently, I admit to having taken up with a flat iron, to get my slightly longer-than-usual locks in order.

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I was pretty darn excited when I made my appointment a week or so ago for a blow-out at Drybar, and once it hit this week, I was literally counting the days. 

I wasn't disappointed. ^_^


The new San Diego Drybar is located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, right next to the Jimbo's grocery store. (So convenient! Perfect hair + wholesome, organic foods! I can totally pretend to be Jennifer Anniston.)



The "menu" of service for the Drybar is pretty straightforward, and if you need help visualizing the looks, there are actually Look Books available (see photo below) as well, with photographs of the hair styles. I asked for a cross between a Mai Tai and a Cosmo - since my hair is usually pretty straight, I thought it'd be fun to see if I could get waves or loose curls. Of course, it's also really short too, so I assured the stylist, Kellie, that it'd be okay if it wasn't either, and just cute. ^_^ She said she'd see what she could do.



Each place at the "bar" (actually like a bar with its long counter) has a menu and Look Book for perusal. You're also offered your choice of beverages (it was 8 AM, so I had coffee - and it was good coffee too!) along with magazines for reading, while your hair is being styled. It was all really quite lovely.


The waiting area at the front of the facility. All the decor is so clean, cheerful, and pretty!



First, you're taken to get your hair washed in a secluded area at the back of the salon. I know it might seem silly, but Kellie literally gave me one of the most intentional hair washes I've ever had. Meaning, she seemed to be carefully shampooing every section of hair and gently scrubbing my scalp. It was lovely. She could have gone on doing that for another 15 or 20 minutes, and I wouldn't have protested at all. 

After being washed, we returned to the bar, and I got to settle in with my coffee and my iPhone, to catch up on emails and tweets, while Kellie went to work on my hair. 


After some discussion of my very Asian, short, fake-straight-hair (I say "fake straight," because it's only that straight when it's very wet, or has been blown out. When left to its own devices, it's frizzy and flippy at the ends and the hair on the right side of my head has a distinct wave in it, even though the hair on the left side of my head is much more straight and well-behaved. I kid you not. So lame.) the stylists decided that if I really wanted a loose curl, they'd need to use a curling iron. I was agreeable, and so they set to work on giving me the Mai Tai/Cosmo look I'd fantasized about.



I really loved the way it turned out! It's so different from my normal boring hair. And it totally inspires me to grow out my hair, so I can have a proper Mai Tai/Cosmo blow-out. Overall, I really enjoyed the whole experience, and felt pretty the whole day. Also, the Moroccan Oil hairspray they applied to my hair smelled very faintly of strawberries all day long, which I really love. 

If you have a special occasion or event to attend, or just want to treat yourself and feel pretty for a few days (I understand you can make one of these last for at least 2-3 days), I highly recommend Drybar. There are even memberships you can buy - basically, buying in bulk - to get a bit of a discount, if you develop a Drybar habit. ^_- You can bet that a "Bar Tab," (as the monthly membership is called) is on my list of "things I'll buy/get if I ever win the lottery." 

Thanks Drybar, for the great experience and fabulous hair! I'll definitely be back.

26 comments:

  1. QuestforFashionSenseJuly 15, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun and you look great!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a great place to get pampered. I love the color palette of the salon. your hair looks great!

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  3. Oh my goodness I want one of these near me SO bad!  Your hair looks fantastic!

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  4. your hair looks so cute!

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  5. You look lovely!

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  6. I love the final look!

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  7. I love it! I wish we had one here. What a fun concept. Your hair looks amazing!

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  8. Oh that is very cool! I'll have to keep this place in mind!  I love the way your hair came out - I think it is definitely beachy with a few loose curls.  :)  I love Moroccan Oil stuff too.  I always, always wear the oil.  I buy the big bottle and it lasts forever and seriously makes my hair shinier and smoother.

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  9. I checked their website and was so absurdly pumped that one is coming to DC!  Now I just need to start playing the powerball so I can get a Bar Tab too.

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  10. We don't have a Dry Bar in my area but we have a few places with basically the same concept. I've always wanted to try one but I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. Your results have convinced me! Your hair looks so fabulous! I'll be saving my pennies to treat myself some day. 

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  11. your hair looks great! and that yellow top looks great on you.

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  12. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Thank you! =)

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  13. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Oh, I think it's definitely worth a try. =) I just wish I could afford to go on a more regular basis, haha!

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  14. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Yay! Ooooh, the Bar Tab...hahaha, we've got to "be in it to win it," right? Must remember to buy a lotto ticket this week. ^_-

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  15. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks, Clara! You should definitely try it out. SO fun. OOoh, maybe we should all go together! How fun would that be? Haha, what do you think? Field trip to Dry Bar!

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  16. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Thanks, Jess!

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  17. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Thanks, Brianna!

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  18. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Thanks, Michelle! 

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  19. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Thank you! 

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  20. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    I know - I was seriously SO excited when I learned they were opening one just 15 minutes away from me. Maybe one will come to your town soon! Fingers crossed!

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  21. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Thanks, Alison!

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  22. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    It was! And thank you!

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  23. carol_prettythingsJuly 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Hi Vida! It was super fun and such a pretty space! I can't wait to go back. =)

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  24. I LOVED my Drybar experience on Friday, glad you liked yours too. I want to go back sometime, it was really delightful. I loved zoning out in that chair and looking so great!

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  25. WOWZA. You're hair looks fantastic!!!

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