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Blowout Bars

Our grandmothers spent hours getting their hair done and gossiping under the dryers in salons. (At least, that’s what the movies have convinced us.) Wedon’t have that time. But blowout bars are making it easier to get our hair “set” to perfection with minimal time (and cash) commitment. Fenway’s Phillipostyle Hair Studio has offered an In & Out Style Bar menu for several years now, and Back Bay’s Mario Russo introduced a holiday blow-dry bar last December. But now dedicated spaces for blowouts are putting down roots here. Popular on the West Coast and in New York, such spots don’t offer cuts or coloring; instead, they cater to clients who want a quick blow-dry and style before an event or at the start of a workweek (a good wash and blowout should last a few days). National chain Blo (437 Columbus Avenue, Boston, 617.262.0105) just set up shop in the South End, and Drybar is rumored to be scouting space for a Boston outpost. (Newton private-equity firm Castanea Partners invested a cool $16 million in the company earlier this year.) Insert “blown away” pun here.

_ Stuff Boston