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The best blowouts in NYC

Forget bad hair days—take your ho-hum look to the next level and get the best blowouts in the city

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There’s no shortage of blowout joints in our fair city, but that doesn’t mean you should entrust your mane to the first stylist with a blowdryer and a spare chair. Though you can always book an appointment at any of the new hair salons and spas in NYC, we’re big fans of style-only spots that have totally mastered the art of the round brush. We’ve compiled a list of the top hairstyling meccas that offer the best blowouts (and the most wallet-friendly prices) in the city. So, if you need to be sitting pretty for a special event, get your digits decked out at Gotham’s finest nail salons, your arches on-point at the best brow bars and score the perfect hair day thanks to these top-notch beautifiers.

Blo Blow Dry Bar

Although blowdry bars have recently become all the rage, this Canadian joint claims to have been the first when it debuted in Vancouver in 2007. Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of water or pink champagne before getting lathered with Unite (gluten-free vegan) shampoo at one of the two washing stations in the back. Blowouts are a $40 flat fee, regardless of hair length or texture, and you can choose from seven styles—illustrated in a fuchsia hardcover book—ranging from the pin-straight Executive Sweet and tousled Pillow Talk to the High Society topknot and Go Fish fishtail braid. There’s even one just for guys called the Blo Bro ($25), which includes a 20-minute scalp massage.

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Lenox Hill

Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar Express

Treat yourself to a $20 dry hairstyling—no washing—blowout after an afternoon of shopping at Macy’s Herald Square, where Blow occupies a two-chair nook on the first floor. Make an appointment or just stop by for the Beach Blow (waves and texture), the Blow Up (lots of volume) or the You…Only Smoother (sleek and straight). You can also get a braid ($20) or updo ($50), including ponytails, twists and chignons. During the 25-minute appointment, a stylist listens to any and all hair woes, and teaches you how to get the perfect blowout at home using the popular house salon line, including protective daily primers ($18), nonstick hairsprays ($20) and texturizing sprays ($20).

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Midtown West

DreamDry

Rachel Zoe's chain can't be beat for Hollywood-inspired blowouts ($40) executed in 40 minutes or less, and 20-minute express hairstyling ($30) that swaps the wash-and-scalp-massage for braids, topknots, chignons and ponytails created using dry shampoo. Each station is equipped with an iPad mini, loaded with the service menu and digital editions of the latest fashion mags. And though Manhattan has more than its fair share of blowout salons, the loyalty program is one of the salon's big drawcards—you earn a point for every dollar spent, which can go toward more treatments and products.

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Hell's Kitchen

Drybar

In 2008, Alli Webb started this L.A. chain as a mobile business, driving to people’s houses just to do their hair. Since then, the company has grown to 42 locations, eight of which are in NYC. Blowouts ($40) are the sole service offered in-salon, which aim to make your 45-minute experience ultra relaxing with a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, plus rom-coms playing on flatscreen TVs. You can choose from six signature styles named after cocktails, such as the sleek Manhattan or the curly Cosmo. Don’t fret if you get addicted: By setting up a “bar tab,” which offers bundles of three ($115), six ($225) or 12 ($440) appointments, you can save $5, $10 or $15, respectively.

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Flatiron

Fix Beauty Bar

This salon is perfect for busy New Yorkers because you can get a manicure ($15), pedicure ($35) and an affordable flat-rate blowout ($40) in one go. The hairstyles are named after celebrities with instantly recognizable manes: the Jen (sleek and pin-straight), the Taylor (soft, styled curls) and the Kim (full, dramatic waves), and are executed around a square marble-topped bar. You can also book an appointment online for updos ($75), 10-minute head massages ($10) and deep-conditioning treatments ($10).

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Lenox Hill

Haute Air

Inspiration abounds at Gigi Arjomand’s shabby-chic spot, where every station displays an iPad featuring photos of past clients’ styles. Even if you’re a dye-job fiend, the stylists here (we rely on Joshua Carrillo) use sulfate-free, color-safe Bumble and Bumble products to ensure your shade stays vibrant. But if you want to book a half hour blowout appointment, they usually run $40 to $60 a pop.

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Soho

Salon de Tops

While you shouldn’t expect frills at this 18-year-old Chinatown staple, you can expect a killer blowout for just $12. The relaxing hair-wash and extra-long scalp massage is worth the price alone. Choose a smooth or curly look and the stylist will tend to your tresses for the next hour (she might even add some bounce to your mane and curl your hair free of charge). Note: This salon is cash only.

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Chinatown

Comments

3 comments
Mae M
Mae M

One of my favorite places to go is DeBerardinis Salon- they have a $40 express blow dry that's amazing as well! I found them on LookBooker as well- don't see myself going anywhere else soon!

Sui P
Sui P

Allure 13 and Alibi are also amazing - I usually just search for who has availability though and read reviews on LookBooker (www.lookbooker.co) which has HUNDREDS of places to book a killer blowout at

Mae M
Mae M

@Sui P So glad someone else uses LookBooker too! It's my favorite way to book my appointments now :)