Clubby blowout salon.
342 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-989-6282
Perky California challenger.
4 W. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-561-5392; and 119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-561-5392
Opens weekdays at
Blow: 8 a.m.
Drybar: 7 a.m.
Blow: $40 to $60; depending on hair length and texture; flat-ironing is an additional $10
Drybar: $40 flat rate for any head
Blow: Black-and-fuchsia décor sets a decidedly meatpacking-district mood
Drybar: Sunny and casual, with a yellow-and-white color scheme
Blow: Gussied-up fashion types in leather leggings and red-soled heels
Drybar: Chatty post-sorority professionals and mother-daughter pairs
Level of stylist chatter
Blow: A steady stream of salon-standard small talk
Drybar: After initial pleasantries, will leave you to your magazine
Blow: Blow’s own sulfate- and paraben-free line
Drybar: Moroccan Oil and L’Oréal
Blow: Water, but you’ll have to ask for it
Drybar: Champagne, coffee, tea, and cookies
Blow: Requisite stack of fashion and lady mags
Drybar: Flat-screens playing chick flicks (The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love)
Blow: Gucci Westman, Julie Gilhart
Drybar: Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Roberts
After the blowout, you'll look like
Blow: Kim Kardashian (loose, voluminous curls)
Drybar: Jennifer Aniston (sleek and flippy strands)
Blow: Updos, extensions, straightening, cuts, color, and nails
Drybar: Updos, Shirley Temple blowouts for kids, at-home services
Blow: Within 24 hours, you’ll be charged ($40)
Drybar: No charge, if you call
Drybar wins, thanks to its two locations, extra-early hours—and mood-boosting Ryan Gosling flicks.
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).