Many of us have probably heard about Drybar, the trendy hair studio that specializes in blowouts and has tons of awesome [and spunky named] products.  I had the opportunity to visit a Drybar in West Hollywood during my trip, and decided – why not treat myself!

Booking an appointment was simple.  I booked mine straight from the Drybar website!  I signed up for an account and had access to view their availability and select a day and time for my appointment.  The website also described the hair styles offered in their salon.  Associates work off of a menu of styles from a straight or classic blowout to loose curls and beachy waves.

I opted for the Cosmo-Tai.  A mix of their Cosmo [lots of loose curls] and the Mai Tai [messy, beach hair].

Upon arriving at the salon,  I was checked in quickly and browsed their products for a couple of minutes, and then my name was called.

The associate greeted me and took me to the back of the salon to wash my hair.  She was friendly and made sure I was comfortable.  I mentioned that this was my first time at a Drybar and that I was a little familiar with their products but hadn’t tried any yet.  We chatted for a bit and I asked if they typically have regular customers or if people usually come in for special occasions.  She said the West 3rd location is particularly busy and their usual customers are often aspiring actors who come in before auditions to get their hair done.

After the shampoo, she asked if I wanted conditioner and a cold rinse.  I agreed to both and opted to only condition the lower half of my hair, as I normally would at home.

Once she was done, she took me over to a station to blow dry and curl my hair.  I was offered something to drink [water, iced tea or mimosa], a few magazines and there was also a movie playing on a screen at the station.

Something I wish I had the chance to experience during my appointment is more product education.  To be honest, I’m not really sure which products were put in my hair during my appointment!  If I knew, I would definitely share the names of the products in this post, but I don’t want to name the wrong ones!

I was also hoping to pick up something while I was at the salon, thinking that an associate would recommend something to me.  Since that didn’t happen, I ended up purchasing a couple of products to try during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale [click here to read more].

One “product” I had heard about before and was curious about trying is actually a hair tool – the ‘3-Day Bender’ curling iron.  It has a unique rotating clamp that is very different from the traditional curling iron.  Personally, after having my hair curled with it, I don’t think it’s necessarily anything special and is not a product that I would go out of my way to purchase.  If you have stubborn hair that doesn’t like to curl, this might be a good option to use.  My hair isn’t too hard to curl, so this curling iron made the curls pretty tight!

In the end, I thought my hair looked a little more Cosmo and less Mai Tai.  And in retrospect, I think I would have like the curls to be even more loose.

After a particular windy day where I walked around outside a lot, I felt like the curls loosened up a lot.  When I got back to the hotel a few hours later, the curls fell more loosely, and ended up being more like the style that I was expecting from my appointment.

Have you been to a Drybar salon before or tried any of their products?  What was your experience like?  Do you have any favorite products?  Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

*This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased the service I mentioned in this post.  I always promise to give my honest feedback.*

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic