The Dry Bar – West Hollywood

April 17, 2011

My friend from Jonesy Loves and I have been planning our one-day LA extravaganza for weeks. She has a knack for discovering the most interesting things in fashion and hair styling and on the list of must-do’s was to try out the DryBar – a blow dry bar concept salon. Before going, we did our research. I found these resources helpful:

The Honeybee {Andee, we love your blog!}
The Fresh Fiends {cute video}
Johns Journal {great review and photos}
Arizona Foothills Magazine {nice before & after video}

The experience at the Drybar in Hollywood was amazing for me. The atmosphere was so inviting and the results were great. We went on a Saturday morning and it was packed when we got there. Luckily we had appointments early in the day and did not have to wait at all.

What is the Drybar? Their tagline is “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. Only $35.” I can’t find a better way to describe it.

What happens at the Drybar? The staff does everything to make you feel welcome and at ease. When you walk in you are greeted and offered a drink (water, tea, coffee, mimosas or plain juice). There is a cute waiting area in the front and once your stylist is ready, they sit you down in a bar area and show you a menu and lookbook with style options to choose from. They have options ranging from straight and sleek to messy beachy to lots of loose curls. Each style has a fun bar-themed name like Mai Tai or Cosmo. There are step up options such as an extra 10 minute head massage that they call the Floater. After you pick what style you want, they shampoo and wash your hair

What I loved: The decor is bright and beautiful. The stylists make your hair look amazing. Every girl that came into the salon left with gorgeous hair that just shined and looked so flowy. The price is right. You can’t beat $35 even if you just try it once. They pamper you with magazines, a beverage of your choice and a movie while styling your hair – I could not have asked for a better experience.

Entrance area for check-in:

The menu:

The waiting area:

The dry bar area, complete with flat screen (they were playing Pretty Woman) & hooks underneath for your purses!

I asked for a combination of the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) with a little bit of Mai Tai (messy beachy) at the ends. The result was a lot more volumized and curly than I’m used to so I asked my stylist to smooth it out for a more straightened look. I’m super low maintenance and super chicken when it comes to hair experimentation and have my hair cut 2 times (maybe 3 times) per year. At the Drybar I probably could have done something more curly or wavy – maybe next time.

The left is photo is right after our appointment. The right side is late evening.

Another close up from late evening:

Bottom line: I’m now a fan! I would definitely go again for a special occasion or with girlfriends just for fun. Check out their website TheDryBar.com for more photos, info and locations. All photos taken by me.

Have you been to a Dry Bar yet? If so what were your thoughts?

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  • have u been to a place called the cos bar? its a cosmetics place the. website is cosbar(dot)com. I have heard of it because alot of celebrities on TV have gone there.
    Basically this dry bar place, all it does is style your hair at a variety of options?
    you have a lot of hair lol. the flip looks very nice

  • You look super cute, Sabrina! What a fun way to spend time with your friend.

  • Lovely review! Your hair's looking great ^^

  • I've been meaning to go here for years! Thanks for the detailed review. Hair looks amazing too!

  • I'm so jealous you ladies get to go to this place.
    Your hair looks amazing, they did an awesome job.

  • Wow your hair looks so amazing and shiny and healthy! Love it (and your Miu Miu bag as well <3 ). Thank you for including me in your Weekly Roundup, so sweet and flattering of you πŸ™‚ Hope you had a nice weekend!

  • What an innovative concept Sabrina, sounds like a total fun girl's day out!!! *Cannot wait* for your post on meeting Edward, isn't he just dreamy!! πŸ˜‰
    Your hair looks fabulous by the way!

  • Great post and great hair! Wish I had one of these in my city. πŸ™‚

  • In Seattle, we have a similar salon called Swink. I've gone there for eye lash extensions many many times. I have yet to get my hair done though. It's $30, and $20 on Tuesday's! I definitely want to get my hair done sometime!

    I have no excuse I live across the street!

  • We just got a Dry Bar in Newport Beach and I'm really pleased. I called first to see if I could come in with wet hair and they were super accommodating. ( I have super long, thick curly hair, and salons always skimp on conditioner with me.) So I went in with my conditioner. I think my stylist was overwhelmed and asked for help. But they got me to a nice wave. Perfect for now. I tipped a full 35 since two people ended up doing my hair at the same time. Still much cheaper than my normal salon!

  • Jo

    Wow your hair looks gorgeous! I must see if there are any of these here in the UK, sadly whenever I get may hair blow-dried the stylist always seems to make it so flat and boring, when I want some oomph and body.

  • LuckyRedLisa

    Add this to the long list of reasons I wish I lived in a city!! The concept is great, and it looks incredibly well-executed. Not to mention your hair looks fab-u-lous!! I can't wait for more posts about your LA extravaganza!!

  • Sabrina, I love your outfit!! Especially your MiuMiu bag and the flip flops! Which brand are they from, and where can I get it?

    Hope to hear from you! πŸ˜‰
    Thank you!

  • Amy

    thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ your hair looks great!

  • Ladies – thank you for your kind comments. It was a super fun experience. Keep checking their website, it looks like the franchise is opening more and more locations!

    Feather Factor – thank you about my Miu Miu! I love your style and your blog!

    Lakshmi – thanks! Meeting EB was so dreamy!

    DSK Steph – interesting! I need to look into other franchises to explore.

    Taunya – sounds like they have great service. I imagine your hair is gorgeous!

    Jo – the girl used some kind of volumizer before drying it, I'll have to investigate to see if I can find out what brand it was. It was so BIG after she did it, I asked her to tone it down, lol.

    Jess – flip flops are Tory Burch.

    Thanks for stopping by Amy!

  • We have a few spots like this up here – I really need to check them out. Maybe I'll love my hair again by doing so.

    I like how you mixed two different styles together to suit your individuality.

  • i did a post on the one in Newport beach! I love it!!!!! Your hair looks so shiny! xo