Blow ‘n Go

Okay, maybe it’s because I’m not vain.  Or maybe it’s because I like to do things for myself.  Maybe it’s even because I hate to see money wasted. Or…or…or

But something about this trend, which I learn isn’t new to areas of the country,  has me questioning why this is big now in a time of uncertainty and high unemployment.  What am I talking about?  A new trendy business where you go to get your hair styled only.  No cutting, no coloring…. just a wash and dry.

These new salons are called Blow dry bars.  The average cost is $35. per appointment.  The article in states that women (mostly) show up as early as 7 am, with coffee in hand to have their hair washed and styled before work.  Some come in before meetings to have their hair done to look their best, or before going out at night.  If I were to do this every morning before work and worked 5 days per week that would be $175 per week or $8,750 per year figuring a 2 week vacation each year.  I can sure think of a lot better things to spend that kind of money on than my hair. I only spend an average of $20 per week on food, so more than that to have someone wash and dry my hair seems crazy.

from Google images for blow dry bar

Melissa at Beauty and the Feast loves her blow dry bar.  Check here to see what she  has to say about her experience.

A woman interviewed stated that it saves her time in the morning.  Another shared that her hair looks better when done professionally than when she does it herself.  Okay, get a cut that works better for your lifestyle?

Don’t get me wrong a special occasion is a wonderful time to have a business like this, I’ve received plenty of calls over the years to do hair for a wedding or reunion.  I just can’t see the draw of this on a daily basis.

So here’s my question.  If you were/are a professional, would you spend the money daily to have someone wash and style your hair?  If not, what would you put the money towards instead?

13 thoughts on “Blow ‘n Go

  1. Personally, I don’t use blow dry bars. I don’t see why someone needs to go everyday. Repeated blow-drying dehydrates hair.

    Everyone structures his or her properties differently. What seems trivial to one, maybe important to another. Especially when it comes to vanity.

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    • Good point Jade. I worked in the field many years ago, and the last thing most people who go to a salon for is to make sure their hair is treated gently. You are right, getting your hair done is about vanity. Why else would some people sit through chemical treatments which damage not only the hair, but are breathed in, and absorbed through the skin. I’ve come a long way from when my dream was to be a hairdresser, like you I don’t even use a blow dryer any longer.

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  2. As a student i worked in an opticians on saturdays. The owner (optician) got her hair washed and blow-dried every Saturday morning in the salon across the way before she came into work.

    I guess it was a relaxation ritual for her and to look good and have good clothes was extremely important to her. She had straight blonde hair and I think no-one else would notice if she had done it herself instead.

    I think it’s relative in a way… if you’re a smoker you’d think nothing of spending £35 a week on cigarettes (“as a necessity”).

    Me personally to have an hour on a Sunday where I can lie in the tub in the comfort of my own home or get out into nature, means that I can use the money that I would have spent on pampering, to spend on my groceries and save as much as I can for a rainy day.

    That brings me a sense of peace of mind and relaxation that I guess other people get from pampering or cigarettes. We’re all different.

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    • We are all different. I would have to agree with you on the person who has their hair done once a week. I worked as a beautician and had my share of the wash and sets. If it were $35 a week I could even see it, but it’s $35 per day which just shocks me. When you put it in the perspective of a smoker it made me stop and think. What about someone who barely has enough to get by and still scrounges for the money to buy cigarettes, the person getting their hair done every day more than likely has a savings and a high enough salary to pay for this.

      I do like your preference of pampering yourself at home, I did just that a few days ago. I locked the door, put away the phone, and cut my hair, conditioned my scalp, took a leisurely shower, and pampered all those spots rough from working outside. It was heaven.

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  3. I chuckled when I read this. My answer is No too. I have really curly hair – so not only do I not blow-dry it at all, I haven’t brushed it in over 20 years. I just pull my fingers through it when its wet and walk out the door. I couldn’t imagine spending that kind of time or money on myself or my hair, specifically.

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    • Well at least you chuckled, I know my eyes got really big and I believe my mouth fell open while I was reading about these “bars”. I always wanted curly hair, but got stick straight instead. Since it started to go pretty grey, I’ve cut it off really short, when I first did it my youngest asked me if I thought I was Halle Berry. :-)

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    • Isn’t it though? I hadn’t heard about this until this week and was shocked at the numbers of them that have popped up recently. Me, I’ve worked as a professional and worked while being a single mom. If my hair took too long to make it worth it I just got a different cut so it looked nice and freed up time for the rest of my life.

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  4. You know… I think this is one of those things that future archaeologists will look at with complete and utter puzzlement… sort of like we feel when we learn about the residents of Easter Island cutting down all of their trees so they could “keep up with the Jonses” in the giant stone head building department.

    As to your question, I personally can’t imagine being willing to jump through all of the BS hoops required to become a “professional” so I don’t feel capable of delivering an honest response! But suffice it to say… “no” just “no.”

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    • Oh I don’t even want to think about what future archaeologists will think of what they find from this time period. Just thinking of all the still useful things that end up in a landfill would keep them puzzling for a while before they even get to looking at our homes and how we spent our time.

      Guess that’s 2 no’s so far.

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