BLOWN Blow Dry Studio isn’t your average hair studio. Opening in May of 2014, owners Sarah Brown and Jayne Heekin created a studio that focuses on blowouts and hairstyles rather than cuts and colors. “We were inspired by separate experiences we had in different cities where we each went with a group of girlfriends for blowouts and makeup. It was so easy and so much fun. We wanted it to be here so we started our own brand,” explains Brown, adding that as native Cincinnatians, the two could only imagine starting a business in their hometown.
Brown and Heekin have unique backgrounds that led them to their business adventure. “With a master’s in counseling, I began my career counseling suicidal and mentally ill children. From there my career moved to managing corporate training departments and, in the last 10 years, consulting businesses on building their teams and developing leaders,” explains Brown. After years of working with people and building teams, Brown’s professional development came in handy as she and Heekin created BLOWN, which focuses on helping people feel and look great. Heekin, who has a BS from Saint Louis University with an emphasis in IT, accumulated years of experience in PM work for Gensuite. “Ten years ago, I left GE to pursue a new business venture with two partners specializing in event management and strategic planning. Looking for a new challenge, I decided to team up with Sarah when I heard she wanted to open a blowout bar. And here we are,” exclaims Heekin. The two have a combined skill set that makes their business both functional and fun.
“Our staff is licensed by the state of Ohio and then extensively trained according to our BLOWN values and superb customer service,” says Brown. “It’s not just about looking beautiful, but feeling beautiful on the inside too. We don’t do gossip, cuts, hair color or highlights. We just arm our team with the best tools in the business for creating perfect blowouts, updos and makeup.”
Brown adds that BLOWN values a personalized experience with each other their guests. “Blowout bars, as they are called, are a huge trend in other cities. Jayne and I both visited them and dreamed of having one in our backyard. I always wanted to re-create what my stylist did after I got a cut or color. Now, I don’t have to wait 4 weeks to get in to see my stylist but can book the day of at BLOWN. It is convenient and BLOWN stylists give me a style that lasts 3-4 days,” she explains.
As for the tools and styling products used at BLOWN, Heekin says guests are rest assured that they’re receiving quality treatment. “We carefully selected product lines that were unique to Cincinnati, meaning they were not widely available here when we picked them up. It was important to us that we chose something different than what our guests were used to seeing at their salons. The products also had to provide our stylists with the very best in styling and they had to help improve the quality of our guests’ hair,” Heekin explains. Rather than choose the same name brand products that most salons use, Brown and Heekin chose Amika and Number 4 High Performance Hair Care. Both brands are unique and high quality. Number 4 is even paraben-free, vegan, and gluten-free.
Aside from blowouts, updos, and makeup, BLOWN also provides guests with a braiding bar. “BLOWNBraidBar was inspired by an increase in the braiding trend in recent years. We wanted to be the first salon in the city to offer a dedicated service where women could come and have a braid, ponytail or bun put in their hair quickly and beautifully. BLOWNBraidBar has developed a following that crosses different age groups. Braids aren’t just for little girls anymore. Women come in to have their hair braided before an exercise class and then we show them how to spice it up for a night out with friends. Braids are versatile, they are beautiful and they are affordable,” says Heekin. Braiding can be difficult to recreate on your own, though, which is why they also offer braiding classes.
Daddy & Daughters Braiding Classes are hosted by BLOWN to help dads and daughters connect through a learning experience. “First and foremost, they can expect quality time. What better way to connect! And in today’s fast paced world, it is imperative for dads and daughters to get time together. Secondly, they will learn the ins and outs of braiding and handling their daughter’s hair,” Brown says.
Little girls are always looking for ways to do their hair, but that can be tricky as they learn different techniques for the first time. Dads are often called in for assistance, but, like their little girls, may struggle with the braids, too. Dads and daughters can learn everything there is to know about braids – and dads can have a beer from local, regional and national craft beers provided by Stagnaro Distributing. Braiding 101 and Advanced Braiding are other braiding classes that are available as well.
The first Braids & Beers: Daddy Daughter Braiding Class will be held on September 27, 2015, from 11:00-12:30pm. To register, click here. To keep up with BLOWN and their exciting future – including a full makeup service launching in October, a Home BLOWN mobile makeup service, and a corporate headshot program – visit their website.