Drybar, the original blow dry bar, opened the doors of a new storefront in Roslyn Heights Friday. In an exclusive interview with the Long Island Hair Care Examiner, owner and hairstylist Alli Webb divulged why you should head on over to the grand opening of Drybar.
The Roslyn Heights Drybar is the first on Long Island, which joins the six it neighbors in New York City. What’s its niche? The flat rate of $40 per blow-dry, with no additional fees for long, thick or curly hair, and the fact that the expansive company is not a franchise; it’s owned by a hairstylist who is hands on in the growth of Drybar and the training of its stylists. If that isn’t enough to entice guests to experience the blow-dry-only salon, Alli has received accolades in the beauty and business world. Webb was named to the Vogue 120 and Fortune Magazine's "40 under 40", among other top-ranking credits.
Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur Magazine Drybar, focuses on one thing at a time that it is best at, the blow-dry. Alli saw a market for the blow dry bar because of her frustration for overpaying for a blowout due to her own thick, curly and long hair. There was nothing like it on the market and along with her brother, Michael Landau, created a beauty trend and successful brand. Celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, Zooey Deschanel, Sharon Stone, Emma Roberts, Lana Del Rey, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rose McGowan, Molly Sims, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hillary Duff, Maria Shriver and Nicky Hilton have utilized the professional and affordable services of Drybar since its inception.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Drybar has set the standard for the trendy blow dry bar with no cuts and no color, just fabulous blowouts. For the past four years since Drybar launched in 2010 by longtime hairstylist Alli Webb and her brother, Michael Landau, the blow dry bar has grown to 37 locations nationwide. Both siblings were born on Long Island and the opening of Drybar’s first location in the region, was nostalgic for Alli, even though she grew up elsewhere.
We’re thrilled to finally have a location on Long Island. The area holds a special place in our hearts, as both my brother Michael and I were born at Nassau Community Hospital! It’s wonderful to come home and be a part of an innovative, thriving community at @250.”
Alli’s tremendous attention to detail and 17 plus years in the hair care industry ensure satisfied clients. What sets Drybar apart from other copycat blow dry bars is the owner’s professionalism, dedication to customer service and background as a stylist. "We are so particular about the brand and execution, consistency, customer service, training and the blowouts,” says Webb,” we want to make sure it is done the way we want it to be done.” The Drybar originator has her hands in all aspects of the business and approaches the concept in “two ways, as a stylist who understands the work environment and needs of her employees and as a client, a very tough client.”
There is a focus on education for the entire staff of Drybar shops throughout the country, because, as Alli noted, “we are so specific in how we do the blowouts. We have redefined and made our training so robust that I have trainers that work directly under me in every single shop.” Webb has received emails from clients stating they’ve used the blow dry bar in different states and had a great blowout each time.
Drybar’s has a full menu for grown and little ladies and the new Roslyn Heights locale offers 10 styling chairs amid “Drybar’s signature look of custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bar with built-in smart phone charging stations and flat screen television that quietly feature your favorite chick flicks.” Graduating beauty students take note. Drybar is a “great opportunity for stylists to begin,” says Alli.
Post a picture with the Freestanding Buttercup in front of the new Roslyn Heights shop on Instagram with the hashtag #DrybarRoslyn plus @thedrybar on Instagram for a chance to win a free blowout. And take advantage of Drybar’s grand opening specials through June 25. Drybar launched a full product line about a year ago, which has been an “overwhelming success,” says its owner. Purchase the new Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray and receive a pair of yellow Drybar sunglasses. Drybar also offers discounted Barfly memberships to “blowout junkies.”
This is the first Long Island location and as the shop was booked solid on its opening weekend, Webb could definitely see more of her blow dry bars throughout the region.To schedule your appointment, visit www.thedrybar.com, use the Drybar iPhone app or call (516) 283 -5190. Drybar Roslyn Heights is located @250, 250 South Service Road, Long Island next to luxury Lululemon Athletica, SoulCycle, Truth + Beauty and Bar Method.