An Award, Fashion, and a DIY Style

What an honor!

We just got the greatest news! The Readers of Minnesota Monthly voted Blowdry! Blowdry Bar as the “Best Blowout” in their 2013 Best of the Cities issue. And in more great news, they chose our sister salon HAUS Salon as the “Best Salon” in the Cities as well! We are so grateful to our clients, to the readers and to Minnesota Monthly for these awards and so proud of our incredibly talented teams who made this happen.



…and on to more fun news…


Charlie Brackney, co-founder of both Blowdry! Blowdry Bar and HAUS Salon, had the honor of being asked to go to New York Fashion Week by the folks at one of our favorite product companies:  Number 4 High Performance Hair Care.  (It’s our favorite product line at Blowdry!) It was such a wonderful trip filled of lots of exposure to some incredibly inspirational hair and fashion.  Here a few snapshots and hilights from his trip…


Here is Charlie outside the Birchbox Local Event that he did in New York.  If you’re not familiar with,  then you should be!  It’s a really cool monthly beauty sample subscription service.  Who wouldn’t want a box of luxury size samples of fab new products to play with every month?  Charlie did an event with Birchbox and Number 4 Hair Care while he was in New York. Fun!


The crown braid was EVERYWHERE at this season’s NY Fashion Week.  Here’s one that Charlie created on one of the Birchbox staffers!





Nails, Nails, Nails!  Charlie had the pleasure of styling super nail blogger Miss Ladyfinger as well as one of the execs from OPI.  Check out Miss Ladyfingers blog.  It’s full of some amazing nails, literally inspired by actual clothes seen on the runway.




Charlie also had the privilege of styling one of the most amazing shoots he’s ever worked on.  It was for a fab shoe company called solestruck, whose mission is to “rid the world of ugly shoes.”  A noble mission, indeed! The shoot has not yet been released, but when it is you’ll be able to find it in their lookbook section here:



Here are some before and after examples of a style created by Charlie while he was at Fashion Week in New York. It is a modern take on a classic bun.  How can you do it?  Start with a classic, sleek, low ponytail.  Do a simple 3 strand braid,  pull the braid apart,  loop it around and pin it into an interesting shape and Voila!


Charlie covered all of this and more on Cities 97 radio this morning with Brian Oake and Keri Noble. Thank you Cities 97 for letting Charlie share his stories!



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Bye-Bye Summer!


Ahh…summertime in Minnesota! It’s a beautiful thing. It’s Labor Day weekend, so it’s time to pack in all the summery celebrating you can before we all switch our outlook to Fall next week.

Celebrate with:

  • time on the lake (we do have 10,000 of them!)
  • summer picnics and bbqs
  • cocktails on a patio
  • outdoor music
  • lounging by a pool

Whatever you do, savor it. And Summer in Style with a beautiful, bouncy blowout from Blowdry to last all weekend long. Don’t be sad. Next week we can start thinking about FALL FASHION!

xoxo, Blowdry!

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It’s Our Birthday! Blowdry Turns One

On June 14, 2012 the Twin Cities got its very first blowdry bar – Blowdry! It’s been a whirlwind year of good hair days ever since. What a joy it’s been to see the women of the Twin Cities enjoying the confidence that comes with the beauty of a blowout, a great wax, and beautiful makeup in a fun and inviting space. Thank you everyone for making beauty so much fun!


Jessica and Charlie on opening day at the Twin Cities first blowdry bar - Blowdry!

Jessica and Charlie on opening day at the Twin Cities first blowdry bar – Blowdry!

We want to celebrate our birthday by giving YOU a present! Enter to win a package of 3 blowouts at Blowdry – that’s a lot of good hair days! Entering is easy…tell us your favorite thing about Blowdry this past year and get one entry. Are you a Facebook fan? Then that’s another entry. Do you follow @blowdryblowdry on Twitter? Another entry! And if you tweet about our fun giveaway, then you get another entry. One lucky lady will win, and the contest runs through June 30, 2013. Good luck to you and cheers to many more great years together.



**UPDATE: …and the winner is Allison J of Minneapolis! Congratulations Allison! Three blowouts coming your way, darling. Thanks everyone for playing along. xoxo -Blowdry!

Blowdry! Birthday Giveaway

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Work to Party DIY Hair Ideas

Charlie Brackney, founder of Blowdry! Blowdry Bar visited Cities 97 today to talk holiday hair. Here’s some of what he covered…

You’re hosting a holiday party tonight.   You’ve been at work all day,  you’ve been e-mailing your husband to ensure his mother won’t be too offended by any of your hors d’oeuvre choices.  You’ve got the perfect dress and hottest shoes but no time to make it to the blowdry bar for a fresh blowout and the one you’re currently sporting is 2 days old.   What’s a girl to do?  Time for an at home DIY updo.

Here’s what you need:
A little courage and creativity (egg nog, anyone?)
A single pony tail holder
A few bobby pins that match your hair color
If you’re feeling fancy,  a Whirl-A-Style or old clean sock

Top Knot
A flirty, youthful option that works well with most hair textures

DIY Top KnotDIY Top Knot

If you’ve got an old (and please, clean) sock laying around you could shoot for the ole Sock Bun!

A Top-Knot is NOT just tossing your hair up on your head.  Unless you want to look like you’re on your way to yoga.
Classic and Timeless Low Bun
This look is elegant and timeless on a woman of any age and takes practically no time at all to do.  Notice how I sectioned the front out from the back first,  secured the bun, then wrapped the sides in separately.  To keep it looking soft and effortless allow a few natural pieces around the face to hang loose.

Timeless Low BunTimeless Low Bun
Braiding continues to be one of the hottest trends in hairdressing.  A simple braid can be pulled apart, roughed up or “ruched” for a modern texture and pinned anywhere on the head.  Aided by her Great Lengths hair extensions, our lovely model Keri is sporting variations on the modern braided updo.

Keri Noble from Cities 97 was our braiding model…
Keri Before
Keri with two braids
low braided bun
Keri's low braided bun
One Pin Side Sweep for Short and Long hair
Part hair with a deep side part on the side that is most natural for you.  Set hair using a medium size curling iron, all curls flowing in the same direction, brush out and pin one side behind your ear with a bobby pin or a vintage brooch.  Voila!  (Perfect with a red lip.)
Side Pin Style
Side Pin Style

Read more on the Cities 97 blog.

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Blow Away Last Year’s Holiday Party

Where did you go for last year’s office holiday party? A restaurant? Or did you host it in your office? We have an idea that will blow away last year’s office holiday party…host it at Blowdry! If your office (or even just your department) is full of fabulous women, host your office party at Blowdry! We offer a fun environment with blowouts at a savings for groups of 3 or more between 8 am and 5 pm, Tuesday thru Friday. Yes, leave the office and have some fun team-building together. Take a moment to relax, celebrate your successful year, and show your team how much you appreciate them. (plus we have wi-fi, so you can keep tabs on any office emergencies while you’re here) Blowouts for groups of 3 or more are just $30 on weekdays thru 12/31. Schedule online at Cheers!

xoxo, Blowdry!

Blowdry! Interior

With 10 chairs, the “bar” is ready to make your whole team gorgeous!

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A sale! A sale! Wheeeeee!

It’s a sale! It’s a sale! Black Friday is cah-razy, we know. So take a break from the big box and do some holiday shopping with us instead. Adorable gifts, local business and all the products you love. We have 20% off the best beauty products in town on Friday 11/23/12 (in honor of “Black Friday”) and on Saturday 11/24/12 (for Small Business Saturday). Have your eye on a hair dryer? This is your sale! We also have 20% off the most amazing products like our brand new Lipstick Queen lipsticks, Butter London nail polishes (!!!), our favorite Number 4 hair care products, Lulu Organics, Damone Roberts brow products, Illume candles (perfect gift!), not to mention the blowout necessities like shower caps, satin pillowcases and more! Shop for holiday gifts or stock up for yourself – no judging here.

Won’t you take a break from big box mayhem and join us instead? We’ll be here 8 to 8. And we have candy.

xoxo, Blowdry!

Blowdry sale

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Time to Make That Shopping List…

blowout gifts

Wow – next week is Thanksgiving already! Time to break out the mistletoe and get to work! Who is on your holiday list this year? Good news is that this year there is a H-O-T new gift idea. Can you guess? The Blowout! It’s the perfect size and color always, the perfect price at just $35, and pretty much a guaranteed squeal as she opens her gift. What woman in her right mind wouldn’t LOVE a blowout? It’s fun, confidence-boosting, and truly makes her feel gorgeous, inside and out. Think about your list this year. Who would love a blowout from Blowdry?

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Happy Friday!

Friday Fun at Blowdry! Blowdry Bar

What is it about Friday that lifts a mood? Even those of us who love our jobs get a sense of jubilation when Friday rolls around. The vibe at Blowdry! Blowdry Bar on a Friday is high energy, incredibly cheerful, and just plain fun. Probably because we are a haven for hooky players, and with wi-fi, the boss is none-the-wiser. Join us some Friday for a weekend-starting blowout and see what we mean. Cheers to the weekend, all! xoxo

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Halloween Hair + Makeup at Blowdry! Part 3!

Okay, so maybe you want to dress up with some besties for your Halloween party. Here are some ideas from Blowdry! to get you started…

Looking for that perfect ‘his and hers’ Halloween costume? Take a little inspiration from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty from Bonnie and Clyde. These days, the cinematic couples’ fashion is as iconic as the pair were notorious. For Bonnie, keep the makeup natural and the hair blown out and tucked under. A neutral-colored sweater and beret and a silk scarf around the neck complete the look. For Clyde, it’s all about the snappy suit and fedora. Stop by Blowdry! before you hit the town and we’ll help you with the final hair and makeup details!

Is there anything more hilarious than a truly hideous bridesmaid dress? Head out to the thrift stores with your girlfriends and scour the racks for some tacky taffeta, and throw in bouquets made of fake flowers for good measure. Then come into Blowdry! for an updo and over-the-top makeup. We’ll do our very best to make your group look truly terrible. Well, we’ll try. No guarantees.

Fab Five Fever is still going strong this Halloween season. Team up with four of your besties and show off your national pride in bedazzled leotards or coordinating warm-up suits. Remember that ponytails should be as tight as possible and accessorized with a scrunchy and a billion barrettes. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the eye makeup, and top the look off with gold medals and bouquets of flowers.


Go glam this Halloween with your bestest girls and a tribute to the supermodels of the 90s. Think big hair (or a a close crop if you’re going for Linda or Naomi), strong eyebrows, brown-red lipstick, and either a body-conscious dress or a cropped top and high-waisted jeans. The lucky gal that gets to play Cindy should be sure to remember her beauty mark!


Want to celebrate Halloween with your special someone? No, we’re not talking significant others. We’re talking besties. And what better celebrity BFFs to emulate than Katy Perry and Rihanna? Best of all, both of them have plenty of looks that are equally distinctive. Rihanna’s gone bleach blonde, fire engine red, and now she’s owning a short black pixie cut. Katy Perry is the queen of the black Boudoir Blowout, but wigs in blue, hot pink, teal, or purple would work as well. Finish it up with your most outrageous outfits and impeccable makeup and prepare to be inseparable. Just like in real life!

Happy Halloween!

xoxo, Blowdry!

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Halloween Hair + Makeup at Blowdry! Part 2!

Halloween hair and makeup at Blowdry

CHINA DOLL: Looking for a costume that’s fun, feminine, and a little creepy? A china doll is all of the above. A ruffly dress and girly accessories will take the costume almost all the way there, but it’s the hair and makeup that seal the deal on this look. Think a halo of ringlets or bouffant pigtails. Then layer on the foundation, twirl on rosy cheeks and lips, and add over-the-top faux eyelashes on the upper and lower lash line. Faux lashes sound a little tricky? Stop by Blowdry! and we’ll do all the heavy lifting!

SUGAR SKULL: Though the holidays have different origins and meanings, the close proximity of Halloween and The Day of the Dead and the abundance of skull painting in both have always kept these holidays closely connected. So why not double up and celebrate both at once? Painting your face as a sugar skull is a cheery, but still spooky, alternative to the usual ghouls and ghosts. Colorful and intricate, sugar skulls allow for plenty of creativity and artistic license, so have fun with it. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the undertaking? Book a makeup application for $35 at Blowdry! and one of our amazing makeup artists will transform you into something otherworldly.

FROZEN ZOMBIE: Last weekend, Heath, one of our fantastic makeup artists, painted the faces of three of our stylists for the Twin Cities Zombie Pub Crawl. Do you recognize any of these ladies? In addition to corpsifying them with gray, black and white makeup, he frosted their eyebrows with a light dusting of icy flakes. Brrrrr. Book an appointment with Heath and let him transform you this Halloween. Just because you’re undead doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look your best!

PEACOCK: It’s not every day that you have a good excuse to layer on the blue and green eyeshadow, but Halloween isn’t anything if not an excuse to wear some extraordinary makeup. Improvise a peacock costume with feathers from a craft store and a cocktail dress. (It doesn’t even need to be blue or green! Black will be just as appropriate!) Then paint your eyes in an array of blues and greens, adding feathery faux lashes as the final touch. Feeling ambitious? Mimic the pattern of peacock feathers on your eyes with brown and gold shadow. Book an appointment at Blowdry! for Just the Eyes for $18, then add a set of lashes for just an additional $10!

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