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Mamas Need a Break – Handing Over Your Hair to a Professional

Everyone has a fantasy. Mine is having perfect hair. Like magazine or shampoo commercial hair that looks fantastic in all of its slow motion, shine-y glory. Don’t get me wrong, I would not turn my nose up at a personal chef or a maid that stealthily washes all my dishes and puts away my clothes. But the thought of gorgeously, styled hair, with no effort on my part, that is a dream.

The Reno Blow Dry Bar, or as I call it the land of model-worthy hair at the Summit.
The Reno Blow Dry Bar, or as I call it the land of model-worthy hair at the Summit.

So recently, I lived my fantasy and it all started with a trip to the Reno Blow Dry Bar at the Summit. This salon is dedicated to the art of the perfect blowout, so much in fact that it is all they do. No cuts, no colors, just a magic blow dryer and a stylist that makes miracles happen.

My trip to the Reno Blow Dry Bar started with a quick stop at Starbucks for one of those Oprah chai latte things. I figured if I was looking to have a transformative experience, I needed Oprah as my co-pilot.

Within minutes of walking in the salon’s door, I was settled into Emelia’s chair. There I told her about my weekend fantasy, two (maybe three) days of great looking hair to take me from a quick road trip to see friends on Friday to a get-together on the patio the next afternoon. I was looking for a style that would last but was casual enough for both settings. I chose the Tahoe, a style that has body and beachy waves. I then abdicated my hair responsibilities to Emelia.

My hair before Emelia at the Reno Blow Dry Bar started my transformation/fantasy/good hair weekend.
My hair before Emelia at the Reno Blow Dry Bar started my transformation/fantasy/good hair weekend.

The first 15-minutes of the experience is heaven. It started with a scalp massage followed by a shampoo and conditioning using hair care products with peppermint and cayenne pepper to leave your hair clean and your scalp tingly. Then back to the chair for the magic.

For about 30 minutes, Emelia, used the round brush to dry and add volume to my hair, section by section. Then she followed up with a curling wand (basically a curling iron with out the clamp, but still a magical device) to add layer after layer of waves. The result, well you can see the before and after below, but Pantene girls would be jealous – and hopefully Oprah would be proud. All that time, I was free to relax, read, respond to emails or just sip that chai.

My beachy Tahoe waves courtesy of the Reno Blow Dry Bar, notice that I have finished the Oprah Chai on the counter.
My beachy Tahoe waves courtesy of the Reno Blow Dry Bar, notice that I have finished the Oprah Chai on the counter.

Emelia used just a few products for control, volume and definition including a detangler and some mousse before the blow dry and some spray wax to finish the style. After, my hair looked great and felt wonderful! Because I wanted to style to last, she skipped hair spray and had a few tips for me to follow:

  • Try not to touch your hair a lot
  • Wear your hair up in a loose, high ponytail to preserve the style overnight
  • Use a little dry shampoo at the roots in the morning if needed and a little product to revive the style

I followed most of these rules, well some of them. I didn’t touch my hair a lot, I did stare at it quite a bit though. I didn’t wear it up at night, but did use some hair serum to revive the style and add some shine before the party on Saturday.

The reviews: I got compliments on Friday and Saturday, with my girlfriends letting me know my hair looked great with no prompting from me. Extra credit for my husband’s response, “You did something to your hair. It looks nice.”

The Reno Blow Dry Bar stylists making Reno hair fantastic with brushes, product and talent.
The Reno Blow Dry Bar stylists making Reno hair fantastic with brushes, product and talent.

The Reno Blow Dry Bar is the perfect Mama Needs a Break indulgence. In 45-60 minutes, you get a scalp massage, shampoo and style for $35 that can last for a few days. This is a great choice for when you need a great hairstyle for an event, meeting or just a relaxing treat with little-to-no fuss. They accept walk-ins, but appointments are recommended on Fridays and Saturdays.

Their style menu includes the Reno, their most popular blowout that focuses on body and bounce, the Tahoe, my beach wave fave, the Midtown, a straight and shiny style, and the Downtown, a classic ponytail with added volume. All of these styles are $35. They also have specials for seniors, and styles for men and little girls. They can do updos; just bring in a photo of what you are looking for from braids to twists.

The salon also offers skincare and makeup services, including a smoky-eyes special and false lash applications that sound enticing for a fancy night out. Other specialized services include an agave treatment for frizz control, wedding party packages and princess birthday parties.

My fantasy of perfect hair came true a few weekends ago with a simple trip to the Reno Blow Dry Bar.

What daily task do you fantasize about handing over to a professional?

Note:  This post is NOT sponsored.

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About Shelle Murach

Shelle Murach
Shelle Murach has been an Aunt since 1985. She specializes in saying things like, “Should that child be doing that to her brother?” “Where did that juice box go?” "Can Aunt Shelle have some of your Cheez-its?” She is an expert at attending dance recitals, soccer games and ice skating competitions all while clapping or cheering at the appropriate moments.While she is very good at passing out cake at birthday parties, due to an unfortunate incident with a stick, her husband has made her promise to never again help with piñatas. Something about lawsuits and personal injury nonsense. She precariously balances being a full-time Aunt with a career in PR and has found that many of her client management skills can also be used on her various nieces and nephews. She is very excited to be part of Reno Mom’s Blog where she will focus on the Reno food and events scene, booster seats and face paint are optional. You can check out her blog at Care & Feeding in Reno, where she desperately needs to post some new stories and recipes. Trust me, she knows, it is on the list.

5 comments

  1. Lynnette

    Your hair looks amazing in the after pictures! Wow, this wasn’t on my radar, but I’ll keep this in mind for the next party I go to!

  2. It is a lovely treat! And thanks for the compliment, but it was all Emelia not me!

  3. Thanks for sharing the details…this sounds like heaven and a great trick to keep up my sleeve. And your hair is gorgeous!

  4. Problem is that most people need at least a trim first. No trims are given??? For $35?? and then , of course there is the tip. So more like $45+. I can get a cut (not just a trim) AND style from quite a few places in Reno and Sparks. I am thinking this “business” is more of a. . . wife needs something to do during the day type of thing. So she can say she is “busy” and “owns” a “business.”

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