Do you think I could even hear outside out that Barnet?
Unfortunately for me it’s in my DNA. My beautiful mother passed her thick black frizzy locks onto me. While it keeps me warm on winter days, it can be the biggest chore for me to wash on hot days, when I go swimming, or basically every night when my husband constantly pats my head like a dog in his sleep. So then I have to set aside at least an hour and a half to complete my hair washing and blow drying ritual.
Going abroad has also always been a problem. Any place with humidity and I end up looking like Medusa (heard of snakes on the plane? Well this is snakes on my head). Or I turn into ‘when Monica went to Barbados’ Friends. It gets to a point where I can’t be bothered with the fro!
The thing is I’ve always struggled with my hair. Way back when there were no hair straightens (yes can you imagine a world without hair straighteners – “mum turn on the iron I need to straighten my hair”). I tried everything in order to tame my bush head. Mousse, oil sprays, hair spray and even gel. I even went for the constant wet slick back pony look during my teenage years. No pictures allowed.
Rainy days are the worse for me. A drip of water makes my hair frizz into a haystack. Taking of needles in a haystack I can be walking to work when I can find several bobby pins hanging or falling out of my hair. Where the hell did they come from? Or more importantly how long have they been in there?
With all the top brand blow dryers and hair straighteners and professional round brushes (I currently own 5) plus everyone’s own YouTube beauty channel showing you how to curl and blow dry your hair like a pro, I still can’t seem to get that nice blow out look (trust me I have tried and failed miserably). Every week I do try the whole curling with lots of brushes and end up looking like a bloody tree (they did this to my sister once at Drybar – clearly a picture moment).
So now when I get a chance I go and get a blow dry because let’s face it, I just don’t have those hair blow drying skills. It’s my ultimate ‘pick me up’! It saves me so much time and I always feel great after. It also solves all of my problems instantly (not really but it feels like it when my hair bounces around).
My Top 5 reasons for getting a blow dry:
- Party or special event
- Going on vacation
- Hair is dry and needs treatment
- Fed up and cannot be bothered
- Just because I want to be fabulous
Of course this can get expensive and it’s not like I have a pot of gold. However, New York has some great places for a quick blow dry fix such as the Dry Bar. For around $45 you can sit back relax, sip a glass of juice or bubbly and get your blow dry just before you go out. How amazing is that? I did this for my 30th and headed straight to the Midtown Dry Bar just before dinner. I was so impressed. Can you see how fabulous our hair is?
Dry Bar is an up and coming new chain of blow dry bars. It’s yellow themed brand is hard to miss. “When you have two yellow mimosas sitting next to a bunch of yellow roses on a yellow table, you know you are at Dry bar.”
The Dry Bars have a real classic chic feel to them. You are welcomed by your stylist, your hair is washed with beautiful smelling shampoos and conditioners and then your hair is blown out exactly how you want it. I recently visited the Bryant Park location for a girls day out. I have to say, this Drybar location was not as good as Midtown, however I still got a lovely blow dry. So if you live in NY or visiting for a short while, go and book yourself a blow dry at Dry Bar, it’s totally worth it!
Back to Reality…during the weeks I feel guilty about spending so much money (most weeks), you will find me hiding in my blow drying cave surrounded by lots of round brushes. If all else fails, I guess sleeping on it helps a little….
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