DryBar Blows Into Town

Janet Gurwitch's Latest Venture

Kate Stukenberg
October 21, 2013

The original hair blowout sensation DryBar has finally set up shop in Houston with an 1,800-square-foot salon in Uptown Park between Paul Carter Jewels and Cigar Vault. The Los Angeles-based company, started by stylist Alli Webb in 2010, already has locations in L.A., New York, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta. The strategy has always been to be a major presence in the top 10 U.S. cities, “so Houston was always part of the plan,” local entrepreneur Janet Gurwitch, founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier cosmetics, shared with us the week of the grand opening. Gurwitch sits on the DryBar board, and when asked if she had a hand in bringing the salon to Houston, said, “As a proud Houstonian, I lobbied heavily to make it happen quickly. I think DryBar is to hair what Starbucks is to coffee.” We love the salon space with its custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bar and bright yellow splashes. Watch chick flicks, recharge your iPhone and sip a glass of champs while having your hair blown out a multitude of ways listed on the simple but sweet menu: the Cosmopolitan (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (simple and straight), the Southern Comfort (big hair with volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) — each style priced $35 flat, no matter your hair length or thickness. Little ladies are also welcome with a Shirley Temple style for $24. And, prepare to be blown away by DryBar’s own collection of bright yellow styling tools and hair-styling products, available for purchase in the shop. To book an appointment, call the salon, visit the Web site or download the DryBar app in the iTunes store. 1141-3 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.470.4640; thedrybar.com.