Blow Dry Bar – Express & Affordable Beauty

Founded in 2008, the first Blow Dry Bar salon opened on Sydney’s Market Street. Today, it is one of the fastest growing franchises Sydney. It’s point of difference? Patrons need only pay $40 for a full hair service – complete with a wash and therapeutic head massage – all ready in just 30 minutes. It takes some people longer to decide on an outfit for a night out.

“We understand that women are time-poor these days, so we offer an express blow dry in just 30 minutes. That includes a wash and massage!” says Blow Dry Bar’s founder, Nathan Cuneen.

The first thing you notice when you step into the salon, is the attentive service.

“Would you like a champagne?” I am asked, only moments after stepping into the salon. It’s a sunny December afternoon – a night out with girlfriends is on the horizon – so my reply is, naturally, “yes please.”

More than just a blow dry salon (although, this is undoubtedly, their signature service), Blow Dry Bar is a full-service hair salon, offering style cuts, colours, and even an expert extension service.

“$40 for a blow dry (including the wash and massage) is a steal these days – and some would say the best and cheapest pick me up,” says Cuneen.

Another unique service offered by the salon, are beauty parties; for only $60 per head, your whole group of girlfriends can partake in a salon party, and prepare for a girls night out all together – complete with champagne and a full pampering experience. It means the partying can start a little earlier –not to mention, you will be primped and looking fabulous once you actually hit the town. Because, as Cuneen reminds me: “As some say, good hair, happy women!”

Armed with one of the best blow dries my locks have ever experienced, I can attest to that.

Blow Dry Bar now have 23 salons open in Australia. For more information, visit their website.

How to create curls

1 Wash your hair.

2 Apply a volumising spray at the roots, such as Redken Wool Shake 08.

3 Blow dry your hair until it is 100 per cent dry.

4 Clip the top and middle section of your hair, so that only the bottom of the hair is left exposed.

5 Starting at the front of your head and working your way around the back, take a two-inch section of hair and using VIA curling tongs, hold the tong at the root of the hair and wrap the hair around it leaving two-inches spare at the ends (so the ends aren’t curled).

6 Hold the curling tong in place for a few seconds until the hair has set, then let them loose.

7 Continue this all the way around the bottom section, then do the same to the mid-section and lastly the top section.

8 Once all the hair has been curled, using a soft brush, gently brush the curls from mid-length to the ends. This will help create a beautiful, natural curl rather than tight ringlets. Never brush from the root as this will kill the curl.

9 If you need more volume at the roots, gently back comb the crown.

10 Finally, lean over to one side so that the hair falls and from underneath, spray the hair with Davines Defining Invisible Hairspray to help keep the bounce.