The top blowouts in NYC: where to get the best styles

Blowouts can take ho-hum looks to the next level. We visited four of NYC’s blowdry-centric salons to test their style skills.

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Good blowouts require patience, the right tools and a level of coordination that most of us just don’t possess. Instead of struggling with a round brush, countless hair products, a blowdryer and multiple mirrors, treat yourself to an appointment at one of these four salons.

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  • The top blowouts in NYC

    DryBar

  • The top blowouts in NYC

    DryBar

  • The top blowouts in NYC

    Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar

  • The top blowouts in NYC

    Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar

  • The top blowouts in NYC

    Haute Air

The top blowouts in NYC

DryBar

Drybar

In 2008, hair guru Alli Webb started this L.A.-based chain as a mobile business, driving to people’s houses just to do their tresses. Since then, the company has grown to 25 locations, five of which are in NYC. Blowouts ($40) are the sole service offered at the salons, which aim to make your 45-minute experience ultra relaxing with a gratis glass of wine or champagne, plus chick flicks playing on flatscreen TVs. You can choose from six signature styles named after cocktails, such as the sleek Manhattan or the curly Cosmo. Since I wanted loose, beachy waves, I asked Jason Hardy at the Murray Hill outpost for the Mai Tai. 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. Visit thedrybar.com.

  1. Locations throughout the city

Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar

  • Price band: 2/4

This indie salon helped kick off the blowout trend when it opened its doors in 2005, and although it now offers other services (cuts $65 and up, color $90–$200 and chairside manis $10), the standout service is still the personalized, 45-minute wash-and-dry ($40–$60, depending on hair length and texture). I sat down with stylist and educator Gregory Patterson to discuss exactly what I wanted and how to keep my coif looking its best (his advice: sleeping with my strands in a topknot, with hair pulled up using pins instead of elastic bands). Blow’s cult-favorite hair-care line ($17–$22) offers a wide range of at-home upkeep options, no matter your hair type. Patterson used seven different products in my hair, including the protective daily primer ($18) and nonstick hairspray ($20), and my locks still felt soft and bouncy instead of stiff and sticky. Using the shower cap ($18), dry shampoo ($20) and texturizing spray ($21) at home, I was able to keep my mane looking fresh for three full days. 212-989-6282, blowpro.com

  1. 342 W 14th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Haute Air

  • Price band: 1/4

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) utilize sulfate-free, color-safe Bumble and Bumble products to ensure hues stay vibrant. Half-hour appointments usually run $45 a pop, but from Monday to Friday, they’re just $29. You can also nab a newly discounted pack of four for $100 to save a whopping 80 bucks. 212-966-0200, hauteairsoho.com

  1. 20 Thompson St, (at Grand St)
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Salon de Tops

While you shouldn’t expect frills at this 18-year-old Chinatown staple, you can expect a killer blowout for just $20. The relaxing hair wash is worth the price alone; I almost fell asleep from the extra-long scalp massage.  Stylist Sam Wai Chung gave me the option of a smooth or curly style and spent almost an hour tending to my tresses. It started as a basic blow-dry with a round brush, but Chung took the time to meticulously curl small sections at no extra charge. 212-219-0728. Cash only.

  1. 76 Elizabeth St between Grand and Hester Sts


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