LA Beauty Secrets: Ready, Set, Blow!

By Sheri Winters of Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
December 14, 2012 | Santa Monica, United States
LA Beauty Secrets: Ready, Set, Blow!
Two stylists work on a client at Sechoir.

For busy girls like me, the recent boom in blow-dry boutiques has been a godsend.

I'm talking about the saving grace of having trained professionals whip my hair into shape when I don't have the time (or patience) to do it. It's also perfect for anyone visiting Santa Monica, when you've got a nice dinner reservation or an event to attend, and want to have your hair done without the expense of a full-service hair salon.

Here are some of the newest and best blow-dry services to check out:

A new Drybar just opened on Montana Avenue, five minutes from the hotel. I've been going to the one in Pacific Palisades, which is always jammed, so the new one is super helpful. It's key to book your appointment online, no matter how last-minute. A 35-minute blow-out costs just $35. I've raced from the gym to the shower, then — poof! — had my hair done in time for dinner. Drybar is so good that a colleague of mine with really curly hair said they've even managed to straighten her hair within that quick visit.

This one I absolutely love: you get two girls working on your hair at one time! It's hysterical. In about 20 minutes, you can get one of their several "blow-dry indulgences" for $35, like the "Ooh La La" (smooth S-shaped waves and big loose curls) or the "Deja Vu" (a voluminous, vintage bouffant). In addition to blow-outs, they also do color correction, hair therapy treatments and extensions. The shop is very fancy shmancy — think: modern meets baroque style. Very cool.

Bubble Blow Dry / Makeup & Go!
If you want the full evening look, then go here — because they not only do blow-outs, they also do makeup. You can get your basic wash-and-blow for $35 at Bubble, then walk right next door to have your makeup done (starting at $35) at Makeup & Go! They also do lashes and airbrushing, even "mini" services for kids 12 and under. How fun is that?