Katie Gagnon, owner of Blow by Blow, Chicago's newest blowdry salon, is always perfectly coiffed. "It's definitely the best perk," she says of her job. Gagnon owns the blowdry bar with her mother, and the intimate space on Oak Street is perfect for decompressing and freshening up after a long day of shopping or to get ready for a night on the town. All blowdrys are $35 and you can get anything from soft curls (the most popular style) to beachy waves or a sleek and straight blowout. Updos and trendy braids are available too.
"We want it to be not too busy, but fun and girly," Gagnon says of Blow by Blow's playful decor – simple white backgrounds with pops of orange and pink.
The stylists are experts and will take your flat or frizzy hair from blah to fabulous in no time at all. The salon only has nine chairs, so it's a cozy hideaway from the bustling shopping district below. They also offer a makeup station, featuring Claudio Riaz
's cosmetic line, which is exclusive in Chicago to Blow by Blow and Barney's.
The salon just started offering Sunday brunch specials, where you can get blowdrys done with your girlfriends while sipping mimosas, enjoying classic chick flicks and munching on pastries and mini bagels from Goddess and Grocer down the street.
New weekly specials are listed below.
Monday: Free Head Case (10 minute head massage)
Wednesday: Skinny Girl Cocktails
Thursday: Blowout and Make-up Combo $60
Sunday: Brunch with your favorite classic movies