Mani Mania at Blowdry!

We are so very thrilled to bring the manicure to Blowdry! Our guests have been asking us for recommendations forEVER for a place with a quality, affordable manicure. Something cute and fun and pretty with great results…not-too-spa and not scary. We’ve been at a loss for where to send them so…we decided to offer manicures ourselves. Our way. Quality outcome, affordable, and super cute, just like our blowouts. Our specialty is those really cute manicures you’ve all been pinning on Pinterest that you can no way actually do yourself. You know…those manicures with the half moon, glitter, chevron polka dots that we all LOVE but can’t quite do ourselves? We do those.

We’ve got the “Be Polished” manicure for $25. We trim the cuticles, shape the nails, do a little massage with oil and One Love Organics body serum, then polish them up with the coveted butter LONDON® polish that you love most. In addition to the having the prettiest colors, this polish contains no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens. Want to make it a French manicure? Want to add glitter or nail art? Add “Fancy Fingers” to your manicure for just $5 more.

Here are some Be Polished manicures we’ve done at Blowdry just this past week that we’re loving:

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We call this one “the mermaid” – a $25 Be Polished manicure with a $5 Fancy Fingers add-on for glitter.

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$25 Be Polished manicure with deep purple polish + Fancy Fingers silver glitter add-on for $5.

 

Our new Gel Manicure is just $40. We use ORLY Gel FX gel polish for this manicure, which also includes a trim of the cuticles, shaping the nails, gel polish, then a little massage with oil and One Love Organics body serum. The best thing about gel polish? This incredibly shiny polish lasts 2+ weeks without chipping and dries in 30 seconds with an LED light. If you haven’t yet tried gels, you’ll love them.  Looking for more than just a solid color? Add “Fancy Fingers” to your manicure for just $5 more for glitter, nail art or a french manicure. See some FAQs about gels here. With gels, you do need to have us professionally remove the gel, which we are happy to do for free with your next manicure. ($20 charge for removal if you’re skipping the followup manicure)

Here are some Gel Manicures we’ve done at Blowdry just this past week that we’re loving:

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Pretty wintry gray Gel Manicure with white half moon – $40

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Gel Manicure in the palest baby pink – $40 plus $5 Fancy Fingers add-on of gold glitter. Shiny and chip-free for 2 weeks!

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Wintry gray Gel Manicure with one Shade Shifting accent nail – $40 plus Fancy Fingers nail embellishments for $5 more. The middle nail’s color shifts from black when cold to gray when warm!

 

Have fun with your manicure and join us in our Mani Mania! Book a manicure at Blowdry and look through our look book and Pinterest board or bring your own ideas for a manicure you’ll love. See you soon.

 

xoxo,

Blowdry!

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Dehn Holiday Event at Blowdry

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Celebrate the holidays with Elizabeth Dehn at Blowdry!

Meet Elizabeth Dehn Editor-in-Chief of Beauty Bets, amazing skincare product creator, and with nearly 6 million followers, the un-official Beauty Queen of Pinterest. We love her. You will too. Join Blowdry and Elizabeth for beauty fun at our Holiday One Love Event. Who doesn’t love a fabulous holiday party with all things pretty? One Love Organics is a boutique brand and Blowdry is one of the exclusive Minnesota retailers to carry this amazing line. We’re thrilled that Elizabeth will be joining us to shine a light on One Love Organics.

On Wednesday, December 18th stop by Blowdry for our Holiday Event from 5 to 8 pm and meet Elizabeth. She’ll be there to answer any questions about her amazing product line with One Love Organics.

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Meet Elizabeth Dehn

Stop by and say hi. Do some shopping at 20% off and sample alllll the products. Or pre-schedule a one-on-one with Elizabeth and talk all things beauty! Book your appointment with her now here.

Try It All On

Snack on sweet treats as you sample incredible One Love Organics skincare (on your hands and arms if your face is party-ready). Then complete your holiday look as you try on our favorite shades of Lipstick Queen lipstick and Butter London nail polish too. We’re thinking something red and/or sparkly for the holidays would be perfect.

Swag + Win Prizes!

First arrivers will receive a swag bag stuffed with goodies even Santa would envy. Enter to Win One Love Organics prizes, too!

 

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All day Wednesday, December 18th receive 20% off your retail product purchase so you’ll be able to scoop all of those products you discover at our event – that must-have sparkly polish and Elizabeth Dehn’s addictively effective products too. We’re also kicking off a gift card special that day for last-minute holiday shopping with discounts ranging from 10% to 25% on $50, $100 and $150 gift cards.

Join us for beautiful holiday fun at Blowdry with Elizabeth Dehn.

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Happy Halloween from Blowdry!

We’ve had a fun season with some AMAZING Halloween makeup and hair for some very creative costumes here at Blowdry! Blowdry Bar in Minneapolis. Here are two makeup looks created by Heath with his magical makeup airbrush. Yes, the looks are creepy, but oh-so-cool and dare we say…elegant?

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Halloween Skeleton Makeup by Blowdry

 

And our own team got in on the fun. Here we have some Hipster princesses – Hipster Ariel (doing her own hair with a Dinglehopper), Hipster Snow White with her apple core necklace and songbird tattoo, Sailor Moon (not a princess, but still great), Hipster Belle, and Hipster Pocahontas. Happy Halloween all!

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xoxo,

Blowdry!

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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.

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…and on to more fun news…

CHARLIE’S TRIP TO NY FASHION WEEK

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…

BIRCHBOX

Here is Charlie outside the Birchbox Local Event that he did in New York.  If you’re not familiar with www.birchbox.com,  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!
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The crown braid was EVERYWHERE at this season’s NY Fashion Week.  Here’s one that Charlie created on one of the Birchbox staffers!

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LADYFINGER

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.
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SOLESTRUCK

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:  http://www.solestruck.com/lookbook/
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MODERN TAKE ON A CLASSIC BUN – DIY

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!
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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!

xoxo,

Blowdry!

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Bye-Bye Summer!

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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!

 

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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.

xoxo,

Blowdry

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

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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

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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.

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Braiding
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…
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Keri with two braids
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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.)
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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 blowdryblowdry.com. Cheers!

xoxo, Blowdry!

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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!

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Time to Make That Shopping List…

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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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