A Chicago Girl’s Guide to Blowouts

There are three things in this world that lead to ultimate happiness: Chocolate, lattes and blowouts. Although I could go on for an eternity about the first two items, let’s examine the third and most important one, blowouts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the process, blowouts are a salon service that involve a crafted blowdrying of hair with the end result being a smooth, shiny finish that can last for about three (or more if you get crafty) days.

It may not make sense to some people as to why one would pay money to have a stylist wash and dry her hair. My response to those people is that they obviously have not experienced the amazing process and results that come with it. Therefore, as a clear advocate of blowouts, I have compiled a list for my Chicago fanatics and skeptics as to some of the best blowdry bars in town.

DrybarLincoln Park—1611 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

With seven blowout styles to choose from, ranging from The Cosmo, a super curly look, to The Straight Up, a pin straight style. In addition, Drybar also offers fishtails and updos if you’re looking for something a bit more structured.

Blowout JunkieRiver North—445 W Huron, Chicago, IL 60654 & West Loop—1219 W Madison, Chicago, IL 60607

Its style menu consists of seven items: The Junkie Signature Blowout, Sleek & Straight, Beach Waves, Retro Polished Waves, Blowout & Half Braid, Top Knot and Full Braid. Updos, deep conditioning treatments and makeup services are also available.

DreamdryLincoln Park—904 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 & Gold Coast (Waldorf Astoria)—11 East Walton St., Chicago, IL 60611

Services are broken up based on hair length. Five styles are offered for short hair, ranging from Stevie, an undone and wavy look, to Ali, a straight and sleek style. For longer hair, seven styles are offered ranging from Veronica, retro polished waves, to Farrah, soft and loose waves, to Ali. An updo menu is also available and ranges from braids, ponytails and topknots. One unique aspect about DreamDry is that customers are welcome to go off-menu for their updos. If you see something on Instagram that you like, the stylists will recreate it for you. In addition, deep conditioning services are also available.

Blow by Blow67 E Oak St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Its signature blowout menu includes Straight With Volume, Straight With Shine, Short and Sassy, Sexy Beach Waves, 3x the Volume and Soft Curls. Blow by Blow offers updos, braids and half-up styles as well. In addition, the salon has a Color Bar and make up services.

Written by: Bethany Stokoski