Hannah Bronfman’s recently launched ‘Beautified’ iPhone app is sure to be a lifesaver for those of us in constant need of quality, last-minute salon services. But if your mobile phone doesn’t boast the Apple logo, where are you to turn when you need to get fresh on the fly? Okay, so we don’t have the answers for all your spur-of-the-moment beauty needs, but if you’re fixing for a good quality blowout at the eleventh hour, we suggest you high-tail it to your nearest Dominican salon.
The Dominican-style blowout has to be one of NYC’s best-kept beauty secrets. It’s mainly offered in areas with large concentrations of Dominican people; specifically, Washington Heights, The Bronx, Harlem, Queens, and parts of Brooklyn. While they’re starting to gain popularity in the South, Dominican salons have been a staple of NYC women with textured hair for years, particularly for their blowouts.
Plus sized blogger Gabi Fresh became a fan when she moved to Harlem three years ago. She’s since moved out of the city, but admits that when she comes back, she is always sure to indulge: “I generally get a wash and set with a blow out,” she told us. “I love it because I can get in and out in about 1.5 hours with no appointment. I don’t always love the exact styling, but because it’s so cheap, it’s still worth it to have a great base and then go home and style it how I like.”
But even with its approval from women with textured tresses, the Dominican blowout has yet to reach the notoriety of say, its Brazilian cousin– mostly because a lot of women don’t know how good they are. Lucky you have us to tell you! Click through for five reasons why your next blowout should be a Dominican-style one.