3 Shoulder Length Hairstyles I Learned At NYC's Drybar

Publish date:
February 23, 2015
hairstyles, drybar, shorter hair styles, curling hair, blowout services, how-tp

I recently donated eight inches of hair, which means a few things: my hair looks healthier, I can save money on shampoo, and, oh yeah, I had to figure out how to style my new, shorter strands.

Instead of straightening my hair and throwing it into a ponytail, like I do 95 percent of the time, I decided it would look a wee bit better if I learned some new tricks.

So I strolled into Drybar, a blow-out salon in New York City, with $40 in hand. My stylist, Cody, suggested three styles from the salon's blow-out menu: The Straight Up, The Cosmo Tai, and The Dirty Martini.

And so the styling began. He’s how to recreate the looks at home.

The Straight Up

This is a simple blow-out using a round brush.

Tools needed: A round brush and a blow dryer

Instead of starting from the bottom (my neck) and working up to the top of my head, Cody started blow-drying my hair from the top back to the top front, and then did the layers beneath.

Curl hair around the brush and stop about halfway between roots and tips. Blow-dry for 3 to 5 seconds.

Release the brush in a circular, downward motion and repeat.

The Cosmo Tai

For this look you need to start with blown-out or naturally wavy hair.

Tools needed: A curling iron.

Set your 1 to 1½-inch curling iron to 400 degrees. Parting hair in pieces of two square inches, wrap strands tightly around the barrel from top to bottom, leaving about an inch of hair at the tip outside of the barrel.

Hold for 2-3 seconds and release in a downward motion.

The Dirty Martini

This is a more relaxed version of the Cosmo Tai, and can serve as a day 2 hairstyle.

Tools needed: A curling iron.

Using a 1 to 1½-inch curling iron set to 400 degrees, wrap only the middle of each section of hair around the barrel. Stop 2 to 3 inches from the scalp and leave 1 to 2 inches of hair at the tip hanging free.

Hold for 2 to 3 seconds and release in a downward motion, leaving ends straight.

Tip: Before bed, twist hair into two buns and secure with a scrunchie or other soft hair band.

  • What styles and tricks have you picked up from having your hair blown out?
  • Do you have a favorite blow-out bar?
  • How often do you get your hair blown out or styled?