Best Blowout Salons Chicago: DryBar

If your hair is 90% of your selfie, than it’s 100% essential that you have the best place for a blow out saved in your contacts. ;-) Meet DryBar, where blow-outs are what it’s all about. The good news is, we’ve got their number. Here’s the scoop…

IMAGE VIA THE DRYBAR

IMAGE VIA THE DRYBAR

Drybar isn’t trying to be everything to everyone, their goal is simple: do blowouts and do them alarmingly well. In fact, they promise that when you book a blowout at Drybar it will be the best blowout EVAH. Sounds like a challenge!

Image via Oak street social

Image via Oak street social

But blowouts at Drybar call upon much more than just your hair and some heat. The signature Drybar blowout is a 7 step experience that creates not only great hair days, but good vibes, too.

First, they prep hair with a shampoo and conditioning wash. Then, it’s towel dried before applying product to condition and detangle. Next, they section hair, then the signature blow dryers and round ceramic brushes make an appearance. Almost done; it’s time for a “cool shot” to lock in style and shine. Finally, Drybar products complete the look.

Image via Oak street social

Image via Oak street social

And, if you’re a true #blowout addict, or just love good hair days, you’ll want to opt for their “The Barfly Membership.” The membership includes 2 blowouts a month and 10% off all products and tools (in-store only). Plus, a free blowout on your birthday, cause birthday princesses need to let down their hair, right?

Drybar has three Chicago locations: Lincoln Park, River North and in the W Chicago.

How to book at Drybar

Call your fave location, book online here, or download the app.

Lincoln Park: (312) 288-3087

River North: (312) 279-1356

W Chicago: (312) 281-2698

Have you been to Drybar? Do you love it? Tips + tricks? Do tell! Share in the comments below…

Beauty trends to try from NYFW 2019

Beauty trends to try from NYFW 2019

Every year, NYFW sets the tone for the year’s clothing, hair, and makeup trends. In 2019, shows were filled with looks that are easy to re-create from bejeweled hair and makeup to fiery monochromatic looks. Glitz and glam was definitely this year’s main focus, here are the beauty trends to try from NYFW 2019.

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Best Dry Shampoos and Worst Dry Shampoos

When Heidi Montag tearfully declared, “I was just trying to calm Spencer down… he’s so mad because he knows how much this means to me,”  she wasn’t referring to her religion, her wedding ring or even her plastic surgery. Nope, it was the frivolous wasting of Montag’s dry shampoo on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here that elicited this cry of outrage. And Montag’s not the only girl who loves her dry shampoo, Katy Perry told Vanity Fair that Dry Shampoo is a “staple” in her makeup bag.

So this week we’ve got the dish on this cult celebrity favorite including what dry shampoo is, why you might actually need some,  and of course, which ones work and which are just a waste of money.

Dry shampoo is designed to remove excess oil from hair follicles, minus the soap and water, of course.  And if you’re wondering why anyone would want to skip washing their hair in favor of using a dry shampoo, there are actually are a myriad of beauty benefits.

Dry shampoo doesn’t clean hair like traditional shampoo; it most commonly removes oil and leaves a pleasant scent behind. But for women with color treated hair, shampooing less, even if they traditionally use color safe shampoo, may actually have some benefits including extending the life of their color.

And for those of us who, thanks to oily scalps, can barely make it through 24 hours without having to wash our hair, dry shampoo is a fabulous way to banish those oily roots without drying out the more parched ends of hair.

Stylists often recommend hair that was washed the day before as the optimal base for updos and other styles, but greasy hair doesn’t look good on anyone. Dry shampoo is ideal for keeping day-after hair fresh looking and in great shape for a special event updo or simply creating the braided side pony that is so haute now.

For those considering trying dry shampoo, don’t hit the hair salon, specialty store or drugstore without our list of dry shampoo duds and darlings…

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Love it! Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo

We love Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Volume Dry Shampoo. And, at less than $7 at local drugstores, like Walgreens, your wallet will adore this dry shampoo, too. Available in a variety of lightly scented options -- White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint or Green Tea are our favorites -- this best dry shampoo is blissfully free of gluten and colorants. Get it here.

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Love it! Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo from Alterna

This high end dry shampoo is best for blondes and worth the $25 you’ll pay for 1.2 oz. at Ulta stores and top-notch salons. It’s paraben free and unlike many of the other dry shampoos we tested, it’s non-aerosol.  Using the PerfectDose dry shampoo powder spray pump, simply rub the product into the scalp and rub oil out. Ideal for extending the life of a blow-out, this talc-free product earns a spot at the top of our love list. Get it here.

Leave it: Baby Powder

OK do-it-yourselfers, we love an affordable beauty fix as much as the next woman, but sprinkling your hair with baby powder is not the same as using an effective dry shampoo. So leave the powder for Junior’s bum, and skip the lovely gray halo this DIY trick leaves behind. If cost is your concern, try Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo, available at local drugstores for about seven bucks.

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Love it! Rene Furterer‘s Naturia Dry Shampoo

Rene Furterer‘s Naturia Dry Shampoo promises that its patented formula serves up anti-sebum benefits, and boy does it deliver.  We give the product high marks for being free of parabens, sulfates, petro chemicals and phthalates and even higher marks for easy spray-on application that absorbs oil and freshens hair for hours; $36 here.

Leave it: Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder

Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Powder comes in different colors, think black, brown, red, white and even “blondish.” It sprays on, but thanks to a combo of ingredients that include Oat Starch and Oat Flour, this product “starched” our hair, leaving it feeling thick and stiff, like a cheap men’s shirt.

Love it! Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo

This clear-spray dry shampoo is ideal for all hair colors and perfect for times that hair needs a cleaning, volumizing boost...without residue. Vitamin E and wheat proteins strengthen hair while Lemon Verbana provides a subtle, clean scent. Get it for $25 here.

Which brand do you think makes the best dry shampoo? Share the scoop in the comments below!

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    These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

    These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

    By PrettyCity Editors

    Mother's Day is just days away and if you haven't gotten your Mom a gift yet, it's time to get your shop on. Immediately! There's  still time to get something shipped directly to Mom so you can skip the whole last-minute-digital-gift-card routine and, maybe even, make your mother believe that you've got this adulting concept covered. As if.

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    2017’s Hottest Hair Color Trends: Balayage and Babylights

    Hair.  Such a powerful four-letter word.  You have to admit…it’s the one thing we look at all day.  Whether it’s catching a glance in the mirror or a glimpse on the reflection of a cab door; we are always aware of our hair.

    So much so that we touch it consistently, trying to poof, fluff, bounce, flounce, flatten, sleek, or curl.  Hair can make or break our attitude and determine how that new LBD really makes us feel.  It’s consistently "top of mind" and yet, always changing... like Kylie Jenner.

    And speaking of change, two hair color trends that we are crushing on right now are Balayage and Babylights.  If you're ready for a new glow on those tired tresses, here's how Balayage and Babylights can light up your look... and your locks. 

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    The Best New Beauty Products: September 2016

    The Best New Beauty Products: September 2016

    There are so many new beauty products on the market, but this month's top 5 new beauty products stand apart from the rest. Here's what you need to buy now and why...

    IGK Amaro Ombre Highlight Spray

    Looking to change up your ‘do without the commitment? The IGK Amaro Ombre Highlight Spray adds dimension, highlights and pigment that you can easily wash out when you’re done. This spray isn’t like most temporary color sprays, it offers subtle, natural looking results that show even on dark hair. Meaning even brunettes can rock that golden hue and add depth to their color without the commitment of bleach.

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