Drybar Franchise Overview
The Drybar® brand is a blow dry bar salon franchise with more than 140 locations throughout the U.S. and in Canada.
Offering stylish blowouts in a chic environment at an affordable price, the innovative blow dry bar concept offers clients a menu of current looks to choose from, including: The Manhattan® (sleek and straight), The Straight Up (straight with a bit of body), The Mai Tai® (effortlessly messy, beachy hair), The Cosmo (lots of loose curls), The Cosmo Tai (a little bit Cosmo, a little bit Mai Tai), The Dirty Martini (tousled and textured), The Southern Comfort (big hair with volume), The Old Fashioned (vintage Hollywood waves) and the Up-tini® (an updo).
Catering to both busy, working women and stressed-out stay-at-home moms alike, the Drybar experience offers clients more than just a gorgeous blow out. From the chick flicks playing on the shop’s screens (subtitles only) to the flattering lighting and whimsical, feminine decor that includes bright yellow hairdryer chandeliers, the blow dry bar offers an elevated, high-end salon experience with no detail overlooked.
Drybar Founder, Alli Webb, fought her naturally curly hair from a young age but didn’t incorporate that into her professional life until years later. She bounced around after high school, spending a year at Florida State, dabbling in retail and PR, and, most significantly, going to beauty school and working as a hairstylist in Florida and New York City. After moving to Los Angeles, she was a happy stay-at-home mom to her two sons until she “got the itch to get back out there and do something for herself”. That led to Drybar’s 2008 precursor, “Straight-At-Home.” While her kids were at preschool, Webb would drive to other women’s homes to give them $40 blowouts. She was quickly overwhelmed with clients, who told her that when she wasn’t available, their regular cut-and-color stylists didn’t want to be bothered with a blowout. Webb sensed an opportunity. She opened the first Drybar shop in February 2010 in Brentwood, California, using a $250,000 investment from her brother Michael Landau, $50,000 of savings, and the design magic of a successful architect and friend. Alli Webb wanted it to feel like how it feels when you go to your favorite bar and you know the bartender and everyone’s really nice to you and engaging. She intentionally wanted it to feel like an oasis for women. While the business started as an affordable luxury for stay-at-home moms in the Los Angeles area who wanted a 2 p.m. pick-me-up, it quickly turned into a service craved by women of all means - across the country and around the world! A visit to a Drybar shop is more than just beautiful hair in about 45 minutes. It’s the experience, the happiness and the confidence women feel after a fresh dose of the Drybar experience!
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