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Drybar: the must-have experience!

I’ve mentioned on this post, that I have wild curly hair that I have been trying to tame my whole life, thank you mother. I think Drybar was made specifically for women like me. If you aren’t aware of the new phenomena poppin’ up around major cities, blow dry bars, salons that only wash and blow dry your hair, are taking over!

I had the amazing opportunity to visit Drybar when I was in Atlanta last week and let me tell you- it did not disappoint. Every amenity and luxury was taken into account to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

For $35, you can have any style that they offer. No extra for curly girls like me, which is usually tacked on. I cannot help the thick hair I was given, but making me pay more, rude.

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Did I mention they greet you with complimentary champagne. Not shabby Drybar! I was stationed right in front of a TV that they keep romantic movies on to keep an air of romance in the salon. How cute is that?

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Excuse my lack of polished face, I had woken up at 330a that morning to catch my flight.

The style even held for days and the salon experience was truly exceptional. If you want to learn more about them or set up an appointment, you can see their website here.

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My must-have hair prep

For as long as I can remember I’ve been the girl that every hair stylist, mom and friend will comment- you have so much hair! Yes, yes I do. Its naturally curly and terribly thick and in 8th grade I started straightening it…and its been a relief ever since. Since my first in my bag post was a hit- I thought I would share what goes into my hair prep!
1) Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave in treatment, Straightening Gloss and Air Control Hair Spray- I dont know what I would do without them…except have dried out wild hair. I’ve alternated some of the products with others to save money- but they are worth the chunk of change in my eyes. My first year of college in Boston I found the most incredible salon- Pyara.  I found a great stylist and little did I know the obsession I would have with Aveda products and salons. The products are pricey but they do last, smell incredible, and truly are the only thing I’ve found so far to rule my locks.
2) As I mentioned before- my hair is thick and curly and therefore I like to have to deal with it as little as possible- enter Tresemme Dry Shampoo. I bought a sample size a few months ago thinking it was going to be a miracle spray- it wasn’t. I was disappointed until I gave it another try and perhaps I shook the bottle more…whatever it may be, I think it works great now. It can definitely get you through the ” I should have washed my hair last night, and I’m running late to work” mornings.
3) Chi Flat Iron- nothing else compares. This one is light weight and much cheaper than other Chi products. I’ve had mine over a year and its still going strong. I much prefer this to the other brands I’ve had that are cheaper.
4) When did these elastics come on the scene? I think they are fabulous, my hair is loving not being tangled and I somehow feel more trendy and “in the know” because people ask me all the time, “what is that?” and I get to tell them “oh, this? my hair elastic?” I probably seem like a snob, and I’m sorry- but they are awesome, and you shouldn’t judge them until you use them!
5) This is a superb hair dryer. I’m sure there are better with sending out super ions to your hair and such. But lets be real. You want your hair dryer to dry your hair, with minimal fire and brimstone hitting the cuticle. In my book, if your hair doesn’t catch fire and it blows more than a light fan- its a fine dryer. I travel quite a bit for work and this is THE best thing because the cord retracts. That in my book, is how to define a great hair dryer!
My must-have hair prep

Glam Bands hair accessory
metroparkusa.com

Chi
beautybar.com

Aveda hair care
nordstrom.com

Aveda hair care
nordstrom.com

Conair
target.com

Aveda hair care
$29 – debenhams.com

Aveda hair care
$28 – debenhams.com

Aveda hair care
$27 – johnlewis.com