I have two physical features that seem to make me stand out–big calves and big hair. My calves have always been big, but add in the training I do and they’re bigger than ever. But let’s talk about my hair. I have naturally very curly (aka frizzy) hair. I have no idea where this came from–perhaps my Mexican indian or Scottish heritage? My hair does not signal “business executive”, so I have struggled with dippity-do, japanese straight perms, straightening chemicals and boards, brazilian blowouts, curling irons, hot rollers–you name it. One option has always been to cut it, but I just can’t get over how little my head looks and how big my nose looks when my hair is cut short and under control that way. I finally decided to let my hair be itself (i.e., I gave up) and live with any subconscious potential discrimination against curly-haired girls. But, from time to time, I enjoy a straight and smooth look.
Upon a recent visit to Marin County, California, I came upon a salon that only does hair styling and make-up–A Blow Out Bar. I was going to attend a very special event with my son that evening, and I wanted to look my best (ie. have my hair under control). I was not positive that they would be able to manage my hair and that my style would last once I was out in the Sausalito fog that evening. Typically, I can have my hair blown out and then once I walk outside, it is worse than if I’d left it alone–wiry, coarse and sticking straight out. After a nice wash and the application of some hair products, the stylist went to work with a blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron and in just an hour, I had “perfect” hair for under $50. And, it lasted for 3 days, through the fog and the Flossie humidity, until I washed it. Impressive! And, I felt great that night.
I watched a number of women of all ages with all sorts of hair, come in one after another and then leave with beautifully styled hair. The ambiance of the store was great, and everyone seemed happy, both stylists and clients. Everything was focused on looking and feeling great. No cuts, color, highlights, etc. Just great styling, with lots of different styles possible for the look you wanted that day.
I have done a bit of quick research and see that Blow Out Bars are pretty big in NYC and LA. So, I’m wondering if there’s a market for a business like this in Honolulu. It might be good for people going to a party or event, preparing for a photo, weddings, girls nights out, major meetings or presentations, media appearances, etc.
I’m going to do a little more research on this because I was so personally impressed and pleased with the concept. But, maybe that’s only because of my curly-headed-ness. How about you? Would you see yourself using a Blow Out Bar if we had one here?