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Beauty Black Book: Blowtique Chicago

All I have to say is FINALLY, Chicago has a proper blow dry bar. I’ve mastered the DIY mani and prefer to save my pennies for other things. Now those pennies will undoubtedly be going to Blowtique, located at the corner of State and Huron in Chicago. Blowtique is all blow-outs, all the time, for $35 (regardless of hair length/style). The salon was founded by Ireland native Fiona Mcentee (who has amazing hair and an even more covetable accent!) The Blowtique menu, featuring styles like “the Magnificent” (classic smooth blow-out with light-weight body), the “Deep Ellum” (big body curls and dramatic bounce) and “the Sunset” (tousled waves), was crafted by creative director Rhona Kane, also of Ireland.

The wall of Oribe

I’ve got Irish roots (my maiden name is Murphy, after all), so I was thrilled to sit in Rhona’s chair last week on the eve of Blowtique’s grand opening. It’s clear that she is a styling genius, and I was enthralled by her skills with a round brush. The salon uses Oribe products (always an attraction!) and each appointment starts with a shampoo and conditioning. I opted for “the Sunset” and was in love with the results, which lasted nearly four days (with some dry shampoo and Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray on days three and four to help revive).

"the Sunset" blow-out

One visit and I’m already hooked.

If you’re in Chi-town, you must visit. And if you visit Chi-town, you must make this a stop in your trip. Good hair days are good for the soul.

Get the Good Grit and Volume with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I’ve always admired those with wavy hair. And sure, the grass is always greener on the other side, but what I wouldn’t give for effortless beachy waves and perfectly textured hair. It was about a month ago that I bid adieu to this pity party mindset and took matters into my own hands. Dammit, nothing is unattainable! The product I have to thank? Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

There’s a reason this product is lauded by stylists everywhere — it’s a master multitasker, absorbing oil, creating volume and giving it some grit. The good kind of grit that doesn’t feel dirty – just gives you some oomph. Try this before curling and bam! Beachy, textured waves. Spritz it in straight hair and bam! Volume and texture. No matter what style I’m going for, I always get a “bam” effect. If you’ve always wanted sexy bedhead hair but haven’t found out how, try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s basically that in a can.