I’ve been growing out my hair for a few months now and while I’ve had a small itch to try something different (read: drastic), I keep reminding myself there are other ways to update my ‘do without the help of a pair of scissors. If you’re like me and want to avoid a trip to the salon, here’s a fun little thrill for just a mere $29: Drybar’s Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner. This multipurpose styling bottle conditions, detangles and evens out texture for a more polished finish. Perhaps, my favorite selling point though, is its shimmering effect, which leaves a subtle yet noticeable trace of shine in your tresses. The process is quite simple; apply a small dollop to damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. Or, apply to dry hair for a shimmering finish (although, I wouldn’t recommend this option… it felt a little sticky to me). When I first tried this product, it looked like my palms had exploded with gold glitter. In fact, it even made me question if I had applied it correctly but post-blow dry, my hair looked slightly different. My hair didn’t look dull or lackluster. It gave my color-treated tresses a soft glow without weighing my hair down. And now it’s taken up a permanent residence in my hair product cabinet. Have you tried this? Do you have a favorite leave-in conditioner? Sound off in the comments below!
I live for announcing moments like this on the blog. Beauty locavores know that since Drybar opened its doors, patrons are unfortunately not able to enjoy that complimentary glass of wine or bubbly like they would at any other location because of the very strict Montgomery County laws (insert sad face here). Well blow dry junkies, today was a big day (like a Texas Tea hair type of day). HB-137 aka The Drybar Bill, passed the house and was signed into law by Governor O’Malley today at The Governor’s Reception Room, Maryland State House. The law (drafted by Montgomery County delegate Ariana Kelly who worked diligently with Drybar Bethesda Manager Courtney Barfield) is a huge change for the county. This bill allows hair salons to apply for a permit to serve complimentary wine or champagne for their clients beginning July 1st. Drybar founder Alli Webb flew in specially for the signing ceremony (looking fabulous of course, with a fresh ‘do and pink lip) with Governor O’Malley. Thank you Governor for understanding the importance of champs with our blowouts. Now, let the countdown begin!
Photo credit: Daniel Swartz
Drybar, the leading hair blowout destination, is close to reaching its 1,111,111th client—and the fabulous hair shop is celebrating by giving away free monthly blowouts FOR LIFE to one lucky duck customer who books that special blowout! This is basically my version of winning the lottery.
It’s hard to believe Drybar opened shop just three years ago in the Brentwood, CA neighborhood that has now grown in to 28 shops nationwide (proud to say two of which are in the DC area!).
But the celebration for this huge milestone does not stop at just one lucky customer. Now through Sunday, June 23rd, anyone that purchases $100 or more of Drybar products or tools online or in-store (think must-have hair tools like the Buttercup blow dryer and can’t-live-without hair products like Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray among other favorites), will get a blowout on the house.
P.S. If you’re in the DC or Bethesda area this weekend, make sure to follow @thedrybar on Twitter for the DC Scavenger Hunt! Drybar is hiding blowout coasters all over DC and Bethesda, posting clues as to their whereabouts on Twitter. Basically, the beauty version of Where’s Waldo.
April showers bring… May weekend beauty guides! I’m thrilled to announce a new series on Politics of Pretty, dedicated to celebrating my favorite neighborhoods in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Every other Friday, I’ll round up my favorite beauty spots for the best services and shops (and the extras) for that specific neighborhood. First up, my hometown, Bethesda, Md. If you haven’t visited this town, hopefully these beauty and shopping destinations will inspire a trip here soon!
When you’re in the mood for a manicure, pedicure and heck, even an eyebrow waxing, go to Sandy Nails. This is a long-time go-to of mine, mainly because the service is quick (and it doesn’t show on your nails). For a neighborhood type of nail salon, it’s pricey (but then again this is Bethesda). If you go for an eyebrow waxing, ask for Trang. 7815 Old Georgetown Rd., 301-652-1362
If you’re in need of a replenishing facial, book an appointment at a favorite hidden gem, Red Bloom. This wellness and holistic spa boasts a bevy of facial treatments for all skin types, as well as deep tissue massages and waxings. 7215 Arlington Rd., Suite 201, 301-907-9001
If you don’t feel like doing your hair before date night, or you need a good scalp massage, head to Drybar. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone now for my favorite style, the Mai Tai. (Pssst book a blowout with Anna, she’s the best!) 4840 Bethesda Ave., 240-483-4277
Before you jet off to the beach or an island (don’t forget to pack me in your suitcase!), get an airbrush tan at Ninotch, an urban retreat. Being a very fair skinned girl, it’s hard to achieve a flawless fake tan but when I tried out their organic airbrush before a pre-WHCD party, I was thoroughly impressed with the faux natural glow (and the amazing customer service). They told me my tan would last five days, but I swear it seemed like it lasted six or seven. 8301 Wisconsin Ave., 301-913-0345
Whether you’re on the hunt for a luxe perfume or you want to stock up on beauty travel necessities, visit Bluemercury. It’s my weekend beauty haven and I could spend hours in there discovering new products. 7105 Bethesda Lane, 301-986-0070
If you’ve had a rough week at work, kick back and devote some quality time to unwinding at The Spa at Equinox. I highly recommend booking their newest concoction, the Diamond Essence Facial ($225), a 50-minute platinum infused facial designed to help illuminate and revive skin. 4905 Elm St., 301-652-1078
The extras: One of the reasons I love Bethesda is the quaint experience strolling through the streets and popping in to countless cute boutiques and shops. I live for brunch dates with my best gal pals at Mon Ami Gabi. Ginger houses some of my favorite brands like Joie and White + Warren. I have Carrie Bradshaw tendencies at Sassanova and Francesca’s is my go-to when I’m shopping for gifts. I love sitting outside for dinner at Redwood, and my day isn’t complete without a trip to Sweetgreen to nosh on a cup of tangy frozen yogurt (topped with my favorite: strawberries, granola and chocolate chips).
Have a great weekend!