More good news! The readers of Minnesota Monthly chose Blowdry! Blowdry Bar as “Best Blowout” in the Twin Cities. This is a very competitive category, so we were thrilled with the news! Our team is dedicated to always bringing the best in beauty and customer service to each and every guest. An award like this is wonderful, and we would still strive to give only the best in service even without it. The reasons given were best of all… “Really great service and results / Quality of service; price; atmosphere; wonderful staff.” All the right reasons! We love our clients most of all. Thank you!
We attended the most beautiful event hosted by Minnesota Bride for their “Best Of 2015” party at A’BULAE, a lovely wedding venue in downtown St. Paul (check it out). And the first award of the night went to Blowdry! Blowdry Bar for “Best Blowdry Bar” as chosen by their editors! What a surprise and a new category, too. Thank you thank you thank you to the editors and to the amazing brides and their bridal parties who have trusted us with beauty on the most important days of their lives. From beautiful makeup and updos for brides, to updos and blowout for bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride, flower girls and even guests we love bringing fun and beauty to all. xoxo
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’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…
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!
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: http://www.solestruck.com/lookbook/
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
A flirty, youthful option that works well with most hair textures
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.
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.
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.)
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!
With 10 chairs, the “bar” is ready to make your whole team gorgeous!
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.
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?
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