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Whether you're getting ready for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even your wedding day, there are literally hundreds of different ways you can style your hair (and trust us, we've done the leg work!). But there's something about an amazing blowout that never disappoints. With the perfect amount of shine and volume, you look chic and sophisticated but not overly made-up — because who really feels comfortable in a shellacked updo, anyway? Ahead are the best blowout bars and services that get the job done right.
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Most people choose from one of Blo's seven signature blowout styles with cheeky names like a tousled, boho-inspired look called "Pillow Talk," or voluminous, bombshell curls appropriately named "Holly Would." But that doesn't mean the stylists here won't tailor your look to your unique hair texture and length — they'll make certain tweaks to the menu to get you the style that looks best for you. After a quick consultation, you're swept away to a washing station to get shampooed with Unite products (which smell ridiculously good, by the way) and depending on your hair texture, you could be out the door in just 40 minutes. Prices start at $40 at their five NYC locations.
This chain can't be beat with its 13 convenient locations all around NYC. Choose from styles like "Southern Comfort" beachy waves or "Straight Up," a service which gets your strands sleek and smooth. After a consultation and some initial pleasantries, your stylist will leave you to enjoy your complimentary coffee, wine, or champagne — and the rom-com playing on one of their flat screens, of course. If blowouts are a part of your regular routine, consider enrolling in the Barfly Membership for $75 a month, which gets you two blowouts, a free birthday blowout, 10 percent off Dry Bar's proprietary products and tools, plus pay just $35 for additional blowouts (as opposed to the $45 non-member price) — perfect if you're hosting several wedding-related events in the same month. Prices start at $45 at Dry Bar's 13 NYC locations. Read real brides' reviews here!
Celebrity stylist turned fashion designer Rachel Zoe has one of the most recognizable blonde blowouts in the biz, so it only makes sense she co-founded this spacious salon with locations in Flatiron and Columbus Circle. We love the modern look of each station, which comes equipped with an iPad that's loaded with the different blowout options you can browse during your consultation and digital versions of magazines to read so you can relax during your session. Sign up for Dreamdry's loyalty program, where you get a point for every dollar you spend in the salon or online. Then, cash them in for your next blowout, Oribe and Kerastase products exclusively used in the salon, and VIP events. We also appreciate the fact that Dreamdry opens as early as 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and as late as 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. Is a 6:30 a.m. blowout absolutely bananas? When you're a busy bride-to-be, we think not. Prices start at $45 at Dreamdry's two Manhattan locations.
Sort of like Seamless for blowouts, Glamsquad will come to your apartment, hotel, or even do some dry styling in your office conference room in just an hour's notice. Your stylist will come armed with luxe Kerastase products and hot tools, plus some amazing advice on how to make your blowout last as long as possible. If you're in the comfort of your own home, stay in your pajamas if you want to, and catch up on Netflix while your hairstylist does his or her magic. Obviously, the convenience is key here, and it eliminates any stressful travel time if you were to go to a brick and mortar spot. Even after we accidentally provided the wrong address when we tested the service, the stylist still showed up on time — a particularly impressive feat in midtown traffic during rush hour. Glamsquad services are available in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, with prices starting at $50. Read real brides' reviews here!
Fox & Jane
In just four years, Fox & Jane have opened four NYC salons, and judging from the post-blowout snaps on the brand's Instagram feed, it's easy to see why their stylists are in such high demand. Though it's a full-service salon, Fox & Jane's stylists particularly excel in glossy blowouts with tons of beachy texture and movement. You won't find a cutesy lookbook here — tell them what you want or bring in your own inspiration photo for a customized look that has serious lasting power. Prices start at $49 throughout all of their NYC locations.