It has been two weeks since Drybar, a well-known blow dry saloon in Manhattan, opened its doors in Washington. Actually, two salons — one in D.C., another in Bethesda. So we wanted to check in with female journalists, bloggers and publicists around town about their thoughts about it. Will it make their lives easier? Do they even care?
“It’s about damn time!” said Pamela Sorensen of the “Pamela’s Punch” blog. “I’ve been to the one in Studio City because of Pacific Punch a few times and am totally addicted. I met with Alli Webb last year at her Sunset Boulevard location and had a great conversation with her. She’s brilliant, down to earth, a savvy businesswoman and gets the simplicity and convenience of what women want when it comes to an easy style.”
Sorensen, who thinks Drybar is a “no-brainer” says she loves the “bar” theme from the style names, to the services, to the elements within the salon. The yellow, gray and white scheme is fun and cheery and the stylists are excellent.”
Washingtonian‘s Fashion Editor Kate Bennett, something of a blow dry connoisseur, also sings the new salon’s praises. “At the end of the day, women here are busy, but we also like to look good,” she said. “I can’t see any reason not to celebrate a one-stop blowout shop with a $40 price tag for fabulous hair. As someone who gets blowouts 2-3 times a week (yes, I do) I’m sort of waiting for Drybar like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. There, I said it.”
Her colleague, Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt was lukewarm on the concept, although it looks like she could wind up there every so often… “I think it’s a great idea, but with what a blow dry costs, and the time it takes, I’ve tried to become expert at doing my own,” she said. “Never the same, though. Except on game days (usually The Q&A Cafe). On game days I go for the pro blow.”
She added, “Total Trivia: I asked Cristophe once about the art of blow-drying one’s own hair, and apart from the particulars he mentioned that two real pro’s are actresses Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw. Maybe DC has some, too.” (For you males out there who don’t really need blow dries, Christophe is a famous, upscale hair stylist.)
Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan seems ambivalent about Drybar. “For time strapped women it seems to me it takes just as much time to organize a trip to the hairdresser for a blowout as it would to do the whole deal - cut, color et al. Therefore I would probably prefer to do the latter.”