I Tried it: Blown Away Beauty Bar Braiding Class
Written By: Erica Johnson Braiding Class
Photographed By: Andrea Domjan
If you are anything like me—in possession of a difficult, curly, thick head of hair-—then you know how wonderful it is to get someone else to do your blowout. That’s one hour of arm-numbing, overheated, hard work that I love to delegate to anyone else that will dare to do it. Upon the advent of blowout bars, it seemed the Hair Gods had answered my prayers. I’ve been to several, but I think I’ve found my favorite.
Blown Away Beauty Bar, located in Laguna Niguel, is the perfect place to go when you need to feel like the pampered princess you’d like to be. Owner, Whitney St. Clair, has combined what every woman wants in a blowout bar with a friendly atmosphere amidst gorgeous decor. Offering blowouts, makeup application, brow waxing and hair extensions, this is the place to be for the ultimate beauty transformation.
After a successful career as a fashion stylist, Whitney realized that most women were in constant need of hair and makeup services for events and weddings. The idea for the ultimate blowout bar was ignited and after doing the research and finding the ideal location, Blown Away Beauty Bar opened in 2014 and has enjoyed success and a loyal following ever since. “What we are really selling is confidence. It’s so important that every woman walks out of here looking beautiful as well as feeling like they had a great time, ” says Whitney.
Just stepping through the doors is a treat and you will also be treated to your choice of wine, champagne, mimosas, soft drinks and infused or bottled water. After conferring with your stylist, you will enjoy having your locks transformed into whatever fabulous style you choose. I had a wonderful time getting an intricate up-do by stylists Elissa Gutierrez and Casey Braxton. Both ladies worked together, we all had a great time chatting and I emerged with a fabulous style that I could never have done on my own.
Building a strong team has always been of primary importance and Whitney makes sure that her stylists have continuing education and participate in team building events. It clearly pays off and you can tell that this is a place where everyone feels like family. Elissa made this clear when she told me, “I love what I do and I love coming here every day. Some people dread going to work—I’m not one of them.”
A large part of Blown Away’s business is going on location for events, galas and weddings. You can have a stylist come out to your home or event for any of the services that are offered. Private parties and group events can be arranged as well. Kids are welcome too! Blown Away can arrange a Princess Party for your little girl that will make everyone feel truly special. Ever heard of a Braiding Class just for Dads? Blown Away offers one and as you can imagine, any little girl that can boast that Daddy did her braids, is way ahead of the curve.
For those that decide that this level of luxury should become a way of life, there’s the VIP Club. Specials and treats like a free blowout on your birthday and 10 percent off of retail items make this perfect for any lucky lady that wants great hair on the regular.
Ready to be Blown Away? Whitney shares some tips to get the best experience possible:
Always try to make your appointment well in advance
Blown Away books up fast! It’s best to book well ahead of time and if you are looking for a bridal or event look, make sure you schedule a trial run first.
If possible, bring pictures of the look you are trying to achieve
Pictures on your phone or iPad will help to make communication with your stylist crystal clear.
Allow plenty of time for your stylist to give you that perfect look
A minimum of 45 minutes is recommended—more if you are adding other services.
Keep your expectations realistic when working with your stylist
As Whitney says, “Sometimes people don’t realize when they look at a photograph that pieces of hair have been added to get the look.” Make sure you understand exactly what’s involved in creating the style you want. Everyone has different types of hair, but your stylist will work with you to get the perfect look.
Trust me, you will have a wonderful time at Blown Away Beauty Bar and walk out looking and feeling—as their tagline says—“fabulous” and “empowered.” The Hair Gods have indeed blessed us.
Blown Away Beauty Bar
32411 Golden Lantern Ste E
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
4 Tips from Blown Away Beauty Bar’s Owner Whitney St. Clair