DryBar is a chic spot in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center that is a lively and fun place to get gussied up for a night on the town. Professional hairstylists get creative, offering updos, sleek and smooth locks, loose curls, that messy beach hair look, more volume or an entirely new look. Guests are indulged with a shampoo and head massage before the hair dryers are revved up. Patrons sit in swirling white chairs, sipping champagne and watching romantic comedies and chick flicks on flatscreens, while chatting away with their stylists or neighboring new drybar pals. Former PR woman and hair stylist, Alli Webb launched the business in LA in 2010 and it’s spread like wildfire, proving that women like the idea of “No cuts, No color, Just Blowouts” for under 50 bucks.
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One of the first things a visitor to BlowPop Dry Bar might notice, other than the blend of vintage and modern furniture, is a giant, stylized mural of a woman's face on one wall. This striking image hints at the salon's dedication to face and hair beauty. In most cases, stylists help clients achieve elegance through their signature service: blowouts. Adept hands wash and condition hair before sculpting it into new styles ranging from messy looks and up-dos to anatomically correct elk antlers. Aestheticians also perform deep-conditioning treatments to hydrate and smooth damaged hair, as well as professional makeup application. While focusing on this specialized menu, the salon also cultivates a social atmosphere. Styling stations are spaced at regular intervals down a long, communal white counter, which runs nearly the full length of the sprawling interior. This space frequently also serves as a venue for parties.
The aesthetic team at XO Day Spa beautifies physiques in multiple ways. They draw attention to the eyes with eyelash extensions, snip locks into face-flattering looks, or brighten skin with microdermabrasion treatments that buff away dead skin, minimizing fine lines and acne. To further enhance their visages, visitors can paint on products from the spa’s own mineral-makeup line, which enhances features more effectively than using minerals such as rocks and stuff to beautify the skin’s surface. Nail techs also polish off facades with Shellac products, acrylic nails, and spa mani-pedis, and stylists offer hair services, including highlights. Alternatively, massage therapists can knead clients’ musculatures with gentle Swedish strokes, deep tissue’s more intense pressure, or styles such as aromatherapy and hot stone.
Set into a row of unassuming, polished storefronts is Groom the Salon. If it weren’t for the signage it would be easy to miss this no-nonsense shop, whose interior suggests a barbershop that’s grown up into a trendy, open space. Appointments are recommended but the staff will work hard to fit in last minute cuts and blowouts inside this comfy space, which features a cushy waiting area for customers to relax in before getting snipped. There are sodas, coffee and various teas to help ease the wait time – or beer and wine for the age-appropriate crowd looking to feel a little pampered. The owner Freddy Silva opened the salon more than a decade ago, and many of the stylists have been with him for years, which attest to an enjoyable team-working environment that extends into great service.
Jaqueline F. Tum doesn't give makeovers. Instead, she consults with each client, then subtly enhances their most flattering features. These changes tend to be small and focused—a half-set of eyelash extensions, for example—but because they call attention to one's natural beauty, they often result in a dramatic increase in confidence.
Jacqueline's services span waxing, hairstyling, and airbrush makeup. She combines these offerings into bridal packages as well, prepping brides-to-be, bridesmaids, and even flower girls to walk down the aisle without stopping en route to self-trim their bangs. Her eyelash extension services, meanwhile, are meticulous and customized. She applies each extension to the individual lash, creating looks from the natural "Belle" to the glamorous "Majestic."