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Time Out says

Bounce Blow Dry Bar’s founder, Karen Hayes, is a woman who is passionate about empowering her fellow females and giving back to the community by sponsoring local organizations such as Girls, Inc. As a busy traveling professional, Hayes found that many areas lacked great hair styling options. One of the regions that didn’t have any blowout bars? The East Bay, specifically Oakland and Berkeley. These naturally diverse cities require stylists that are versed in all types of hair, something that Hayes is particularly proud of. There’s a decidedly laid back and eclectic vibe here—a couch is covered in a 60s-inspired orange, black and turquoise print, the chandeliers look like glass balloon sculptures and the stylists sport bright hair colors. R&B music plays in the background and there’s a lively, festive atmosphere that isn’t found at other salons in more suburban area. The blowouts last for days, illustrating that Hayes has accomplished her mission. When someone, be it a possible suitor or an old friend, comments on how sensational your hair looks, you can’t help but feel happier, more confident and ready to conquer the world.

By: Katie Sweeney



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