This whole “blowout” thing is a trend that started in 2011 in the US which aims to eliminate bad hair days. And, they’re right. There are just some times when we need a hair fix without all the fuzz involved in cuts and colors. I made some research about the trend and came across a lot of blow out bars in the States like Drybar (who has the best website ever), BlowNY (who has quite a range of services), and Blowout (which offers the most adorable girly blowout parties).
If you’re like me who’s in the HOT HOT HOT streets of Metro Manila, we also have Blowout Bar Manila! I learned about them through one of the Magalonas (I don’t remember who) and was fortunate enough to chance upon a Facebook contest that they were holding. I surprisingly won so I got to visit last Tuesday with my friend Angel who was also intrigued with their services.
We got booked for the 4pm slot and when we got there, we were welcomed by a very homey and girly sight! Almost everything was in white and powder blue, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s was playing on the TV. I figured that it would be great for some catching up with Angel. Unfortunately, only one of the two stylists was available at that time (not sure why ’cause we were there at exactly 4 pm and I was expecting that they would be expecting us).
I went first to get my Cherry Bombshell + Flirtini hairstyle. It might be better if the folks from Blowout Bar Manila could help out the clients on which style to get and what each style “meant” as they were very interestingly named. All services are for Php350 for any length and any style! If you want to upgrade to the Moroccan Argan Oil blowout, you just add Php150.
I was first led by my stylist to the shampooing area. I’m not sure if the shampooing is a standard part of the service but I’m pretty sure I got it ’cause my hair was already dry and frizzy at 4 in the afternoon. Hehehe! The stylist was very good in shampooing and massaging my head, by the way, as he somewhat temporarily cured my migraine. Haha!
We headed back to the “bar” afterwards and the nice lady (who I assume is the owner) kindly told me that they had bag holders. Awesome!
My stylist then proceeded to style my hair as I took random pictures and as Angel and I listened to the CJ Corona trial. This was the time when I realized that the Blowout Bar Manila visit wasn’t really a good time to bond with girlfriends. It might be better for me-time as it’s quite difficult to talk and make chismis if you hear the sound of the blower. (Maybe someone can invent a quiet blower, ‘no?)
The most awkward moment happened afterwards though. Two ladies came in and insisted that they had an appointment for 3pm, which they actually had, but the thing is that it was already 15 minutes past 4. I felt the owner girl panic as, just like in almost every other establishment in this country, owners get more scared not to please the “older” and “paying” customers. (I think that’s something we should change though.) The owner girl asked my stylist if he can style my hair faster. That was a very awkward thing to hear ’cause it was like saying that the stylist can sacrifice the quality of what he’ll do to my hair just so that they can accommodate more people.
I felt that the service was rushed, and upon revealing my hairstyle, I was not amused at all. My hair looked quite…normal. It actually almost looked like my hair when I get up in the morning. I chose not to complain though, even though I was asked, ’cause I felt that they were itching to get me off that seat. Actually, they serviced the lady first before Angel, which was not right ’cause we were the ones booked for the slot. Thankfully, the other stylist got freed up so Angel was able to get her hair done after just 5 to 10 minutes of waiting.
This is what my hair looked like after my blowout:
And here it is after 4 hours:
I’m not sure if it didn’t work that well for me just because I have “short” hair, but I saw other people with short hair who posted pictures and they seem to have been styled better.
I’m very grateful for the free blowout but I might not be coming back anytime soon. Maybe I’ll go back when my hair grows up to my shoulders. Maybe ;)
Or, you can visit Blowout Bar Manila here:
G-02, Rada Regency, Rada St. Legaspi Village, Makati, Philippines
It’s on the ground floor & no need to enter the actual building as they’re outside
They are open daily but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE book an appointment and be there on time :)