I've been really excited about all the new blowdry bars opening locally. I've only had my hair straightened a handful of times, usually right after a haircut. It's awesome. If you have straight-ish hair already, you probably can't appreciate what it's like to have your hair texture do a complete 180. Of course, I've only done it in the winter when it's much drier and there's a chance of the style lasting a few days.
My cousin's wedding was last (hot, muggy) Saturday, and I was up for experimenting, so I made an appointment at Blowdry in Uptown.
Here's what my hair looks like a normal day: curly, crazy, sometimes a little frizzy.
And after a luxurious hour of head massage, shampooing, and professional blowdrying with a round brush:
Another view of the back. My hair seemed to grow about 5 inches in length, when straightened. My stylist suggested some loose waves at the bottom, and I agreed, although I like the pin straight look too.
Later that evening, after I had been outside in the stifling heat a few times, I started to get a little "fuzzy". This is the only picture I have of me at the wedding (except one in the photo booth where I was wearing a wig). You can tell my hair is already looking not-so-sleek anymore.
And here's what it looked like the next morning, after I had slept on it: wavy, shrunken back to it's normal length, and way frizzy. It still felt super-silky from whatever products were in it, but I didn't want to leave the house until I had pulled it back.
Now I know not to try this in the summer again because it's not worth the $35 (+tip, +parking) for a hairstyle that barely makes it through the day. But I wouldn't hesitate to go to Blowdry again in the winter, when I might get 3-4 days of perfect hair out of it. I felt completely pampered the whole time I was there, which may have been worth the money in itself.