Hair Care

By Kathryn Holl

Looking for a dynamite styling session at the last second? One that will electrify your tresses without being an exploding expense for the wallet? Well we’ve truly found the best blow-out for the most reasonable price at XO Blow Styling Salon on West 14th Street, and we’re not the only ones that think so. New York Magazine recently named XO Blow the best bargain blow-out for 2006 and the salon was also favorably mentioned in the New York Times as best blow-dry in Manhattan. For anywhere from $40-$60 a gal (or guy) can stroll in (appointments are recommended) and get a fabulous wash and blow-out in less than 30 minutes (depending on hair length and texture).


Co-owner, Stuart Skylar opened this first-ever blow-dry bar roughly a year and a half ago after he realized there was a void in the marketplace for convenient, inexpensive blow-outs. He wanted to give New Yorkers a fun, affordable beauty experience where styling is top priority. Many customers come three times a week and never have to worry about washing or styling their hair; several have even forgotten how to use a blow-dryer according to Stuart.

The salon’s services are perfect for when you want your hair professionally blown-out for a business meeting, job interview, special occasion or a regular Friday night; this is truly one of New York’s few affordable luxuries.

Blow caters to all types of hair and even offers the “t3 Wet to Straight” service for those who have extremely unruly hair and want straight strands for several days. While blow-drying is their specialty, Blow also offers cut, color, manicures, pedicures and waxing. The salon also recently launched a signature collection of products for all hair types featuring a daily replenishing shampoo and conditioner, a blow dry styling mist, volumizing mist and climate neutralizer. Not only do these products do what they say but smell great!

I walked out of Blow feeling like a million bucks but sporting a blow-out that only cost me $40! To book an appointment, call 212.989.6282 or visit for more information.

FYI… For all you up-town girls, keep your eyes peeled for a Blow Salon opening in your neck of the woods soon!

Originally published November 2006
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