New Type of Hair Salon Could Blow Into Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The tough economy is causing women to clip their beauty budget. So a new type of salon is cropping up all over the country.

It’s called a blow dry bar. It’s a salon where stylists don’t cut or color your hair. All they do is blow it out.

“A blow out usually involves coming in and getting a shampoo, condition and a style blown out, usually with a round brush.”

Jennifer Ebberwein is the owner of Crimson Hair Studio, a full service salon near 16th and Pine Streets. She says people view blow outs like manicures and pedicures. They have to be fast and cheap.

“People don’t necessarily want to have to schedule an appointment for it. They want to just be able to come in, get it done and go on about their day.”

Ebberwein says most blow out bars charge less than $40, but could cost more if you have lots of hair. She says the real secret to success is speed – good blow outs take about 30 minutes and can last four days. Another secret is convenient hours.

“I think you’d have to work really early mornings and later at night to accommodate people.”

The one downside – there’s not a lot of time for personal style.

Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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  • Jenny

    I’m trying to understand how spending 30 or 40 bucks just to get a shampoo and blow dry for one day brings down the cost of hair care. I mean, if you color your hair, you still have roots and need them colored or whatever, some other day, right? If you need a hair cut because you have spilt ends, you’ll do that another day too, yes?

    This is an ELITE service, to look your best for the day. And they are offering it on-the-go, on-demand. Why not state as much?! This is not a cost savings. Not to the consumer. It’s not as though one was not previously able to get a wash and blow-dry previously, if not needing cut, color, straightening, perm etc.

    Or are you saying this is a new, additional revenue generator for salons? Where the “bar” can employee less skilled and lower pay folks to perform this service? If so, say so. The spin on the story otherwise makes no sense.

    And, if I do say so, it a good idea: for those more entry level stylists, doing this “blow-dry bar” work could give them exposure to training in the salon while making adequate tips/income at the “bar.”

    • Jenny


  • tams

    this article is an embarrassment.


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