Blow Dry Bars And More: Top 7 Niche Salons For Great Hair, Fast
Bakeries once filled their windows with brownies, pastries and all manner of tempting sweet treats. Then, savvy experts got product specific — and the cupcakery trend swept the nation.Photo: Courtesy of Assembly Salon
The same thing is happening in the hair salon world. From blowouts and braiding to color touch-ups, salons are becoming increasingly segmented — there are even studios that specialize in bangs!
Here, we take a look at some of the options on the increasingly niche (and often express) menus — for those who want to take their hair care routine to the fast lane.
Signature Service: Armed with their buttercup yellow dryers, the masterful stylists at DryBar do amazing blowouts in a range of different styles.
Pricing: $35-40 ($40 in NY, DC and SF)
What we love: Clients can upgrade their blowout with add-ons such as a scalp massage, treatment or updo, for additional fees. For those who want the ultimate Hollywood treatment, the Dry-on-the-Fly means they’ll come to you, for a standard fee of $75.
Locations in New York, California, Arizona, Georgia, Texas and the Washington DC area | thedrybar.com
Signature Service: This salon, co-founded by Rachel Zoe, offers styles inspired by iconic beauties: Farrah (soft waves); Sophia (bombshell volume); Ali (straight and sleek); and Brigitte (effortlessly sexy bedhead).
Pricing: Wash & blowout, $40; braids and ponytails $20; updos $20-$40.
What we love: Every station is fitted with iPads, so patrons can swipe through the style menu with one hand while sipping champagne with the other. The salon takes appointments as early as 6:30am on weekdays, and until 10pm on Thursdays & Fridays.
35 West 21st Street, New York, NY | dreamdry.com
Talk about triple-threat — celebrity stylist David Babaii recently teamed up with superstar pals Gwyneth Paltrow and trainer Tracy Anderson to open a blowout studio for clients at Anderson’s gleaming new Brentwood fitness studio.
Signature Service: Post-workout blowouts and “fitness friendly” styles.
Pricing: Blowout $55. Open to members of Tracy Anderson Brentwood fitness studio only.
What we love: Babaii’s hair product philosophy mirrors the healthy ethos of long-time client and pal Paltrow — so the salon’s shelves are stocked only with the purest of the pure in luxe hair care.
11918 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 310-207-8751
Celebrity hair and makeup artist Jacqueline Bush founded this salon specializing in braids, ponytails and updos that are artfully unkempt, not perfect. Think deconstructed, sophisticated, and effortless.
Signature Service: On-trend runway style braids you could never accomplish single-handedly. Plus makeup application, ponies and updos and non-toxic mani/pedis. Pricing: Wash and blowout $35; wash and braid or pony $45; off-menu updo $65.
What we love: Gorgeous braid menu with an array of styles, or custom-braiding depending on your locks, event or desired ’do.
250 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA | assemblysalon.com
Signature Service: Posh ponytails and beautiful, intricate boho braids.
Pricing: Braids and ponytails, $50; styling plus wash and blow dry, $125; styling plush extensions, $100.
What we love: Barrett’s styles are beloved of edgy brides, front row Fashion Week regulars and red-carpet loving celebs. Perfect for those who want a more modern, undone ’do that’s less Princess Grace, more Sienna Miller — but don’t have hours to spend sitting in a salon chair.
754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY | johnbarrett.com
Signature Service: Bangs, baby, bangs — and fake it ’til you make it. At the Bang Bar, get clip-in removable bangs as a low-maintenance option to road-test the style.
Pricing: $30-$80 for clip-in bangs and styling session; $98-$148 for faux bangs & blowout.
What we love: The Bang Bar offers a huge range of hair colors and textures to match your existing hair. If you love the look and want to get real bangs cut, expert stylists here can advise on the best bangs for your face shape and lifestyle.
149 5th Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY | butterflystudiosalon.com
This Beverly Hills salon’s Touch-Up Bar service menu was the brainchild of salon founder and renowned “root guru” Nelson Chan, who wanted to offer regular clients an effective and affordable solution for covering pesky grays and roots.
Signature Service: Low maintenance 15-minute color services for those on the go.
Pricing: $49 for base color touch up; Partial ‘sun-kissed’ highlights, $49.
What we love: All the color touch ups can be upgraded with services such as conditioning treatments ($25), scalp massage ($10), or shoulder massage ($15).
350 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA | nelsonjsalon.com