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Where to Get Glam for Your Holiday Parties

Where to Get Glam for Your Holiday Parties As you prepare to make the rounds at various holiday cocktail parties, company gatherings and neighborhood cookie swaps, consider leaving your locks and lashes to the professionals. Getting dolled up for the holidays is part of the fun of the season, but where can you go to feel the most pampered during the most wonderful time of the year? Today, we’re sharing a few of our favorite spots for holiday hair, makeup and nails that will leave you with just the right amount of sparkle and shine. Blowouts Cherry Blow Dry Bar Multiple Locations Hours vary by location Making spirits bright since last fall, Cherry Blow Dry Bar has quickly become a top spot for expertly styled tresses. Sip your champagne while stylists give you the royal treatment. Plus, since Cherry’s signature color is red, you’ll be surrounded by the holiday spirit from the moment you walk in the door. Cherry offers memberships, which allow regular customers discounts on styling services, but you don’t have to be a member to enjoy a fabulous blowout. Members pay just $35.99, while guests’ blowouts start at $45.99.  

State of the Art: Blowout tips

Perfecting the art of the blowout takes practice, but it also requires the right tools. Here's how to up your game. Blow-dry bars were disrupters when they first emerged six or seven years ago. The challenge for salon owners was how to compete with chains like Drybar and Blo, which were ostensibly taking customers away from them. But as the weekly blowout because a full-blown trend - think weekly wash 'n' sets in the 1950's - the solution for a lot of salon owners was to add blowouts to the service menu and aggressively market them to their regular clients. Still, do nothing but blowouts all day, every day, and you're probably going to become fairly proficient at it, and that's where blow dry bars have the advantage. So if you want to steal a little of their thunder, you've got to perfect your technique. MariLynne Cosmillo is Director of Education and Operations at Cherry Blow Dry Bar, which has six locations in four states and six additional locations in development that are expected to open by the end of the year. An accomplished hairstylist who has traveled across the U.S. as well as internationally to train stylists in the art of the blowout, she has styled celebrities like Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad, and Kate Upton and has been featured in beauty and fashion magazines like  Allure  and  Marie Claire.  Here, she shares her expert advice for delivering state-of-the-art blowouts. DO THIS, NOT THAT 1. Stay near. Long-lasting blowouts are the result of thorough styling, meaning it's important to stay organized and section the hair. 2. Take two-to three-inch sections around the head based on density, working in order of importance, focusing on your most challenging areas first so they don't dry on their own and work against you. 3. Blow-dry each section completely from root to tip before moving on to the next one. This prevents you from leaving damp spots in the hair which ultimately cause the blowout to frizz and fall quickly, comprimising its longevity. 4. Check for dryness by using the cool air shot when you're finished with each section. Simply touch the hair - any dampness will stand out if it's cold to the touch. Fixing these spots right away will save you time. The cool shot will also help seal the cuticle for shine and lock in the style. View Article

New salons and fresh cosmetics debut in the A.

Hot to Trot New salons and fresh cosmetics debut in the A. The Mane Event:  Beauty gurus unite at Cherry Blow Dry Bar's first Atlanta outpost, which offers hair and makeup services for all of your glam needs. The new location at Buckhead's The Exchange shopping center is the perfect place to stop in for a classic Cherry blowout or stay a while for a relaxing reparative protein treatment and scalp massage. If that's not enough to make you a regular, try its specialty services, which include permanent hair extensions, smoothing treatments and full-face makeup applications using BeautyAddicts Cosmetics; or book a private party for you and your best gals. Services from $39.

The Best Philadelphia Blow Dry Bars

Field Guide: The Best Philadelphia Blow Dry Bars to Upgrade Your Hair Fast Authors Carrie Denny Whitecraft and Lauren Mcgrath highlight their "favorite places to get our tresses tousled from Center City to the Main Line", featuring Cherry Blow Dry Bar Paoli as one of their best picks! Cherry Blow Dry Bar 1588 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill; 33 Leopard Road, Paoli To say this mane-taming franchise is blowing up would be an understatement — it already boasts two Philly-area locations and will soon welcome five more to the South Jersey region (we hear Marlton and Voorhees are next). With an open floor plan, cherry-red chairs popping against white marble countertops, and pop music videos on a constant TV loop, this place is a fun oasis for a busy lady. Oh yeah, and the blowouts are pretty rad, too. (One source says her loose, voluminous curls lasted for a week!) Be sure to check out their graduated memberships, from two blowouts a month ($59.99) to four per month ($99.99) for the truly high-maintenance — hey, no judgments here on that weekly blowout. View Article

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