Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm
F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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A spinoff of the flagship Meatpacking-District shop of the same name, this chic, second-floor salon may be a full-service operation offering haircuts, color, manicures, and waxing, but as the names suggests, shampoos and blowouts are the main order of the day. The long, white-brick main room has nine blowout stations—each with a mirror crowned by an oversized lampshade—where stylists work their mojo using Blow’s signature line of sprays and serums; by 8:30 am on weekdays every molded Lucite chair in the place is usually filled. Though pre-work appointments are the hardest to score, the salon sees lots of evening and event clients, too, as well as girlfriend groups indulging in “Blow and Bubbles” packages (which include glasses of prosecco and concurrent manicures and blowouts). According to Blow’s co-owner, Julie Flakstad (who partners with Jen Denton and Stuart Sklar), what sets the salon’s blowouts apart are their staying power; a client typically looks freshly styled for two or three days after a visit. And that, stresses Flakstad, is a near-necessity for some of their customers. “This is New York, after all,” she says. “Women have way more important things to do than wash their own hair.”Bridal
Blowouts are the focus at these poppy salons—although they also do cuts, color, nails, waxing, and makeup. Wedding-day dos start at $150, and the Bubbles ’n’ Blow package enlivens a party’s session with flutes of Prosecco (from $60).