What rounds off a fabulous day strolling through town on a rare baby-free afternoon? A hair and nails pamper session! Like in the good old days when my time was my own 😂
I wanted to try Dry & Fly having read a glowing write-up in the Irish Times (and not just because I heard they serve gin!) plus they had an amazing special offer on for gel nails so it was perfect timing.
It's purely a blowdry bar (with some nail and make-up offerings in the offing) so you're definitely not cheating on your hairdresser!
Firstly...interior goals right here. It's gorgeous and bears more than a passing resemblance to an actual bar, which is by design. You can see the Prosecco and Glendalough Botanical Gin even before you step in. It's owned by two men, neither of whom are hairdressers to my knowledge, but who obviously wanted to hop-on that blowdry bandwagon. They've created a stylish and unique space on Wicklow Street (above L'Occitane) and staffed it with lovely talented stylists, to carve out some of that action from the stalwart salons as well as new niche competitors like Hot Air or Roller.
The 'blowdry bar' idea isn't new* but Dry & Fly uses its limited Wicklow Street space brilliantly by installing an actual bar in the centre, so that you're facing inwards at other clients. It creates an atmosphere that lends itself well to daytime drinking too!
My gel nails by Lee (@mixiepixie_ire on Instagram - her nails creations are art!) were gorgeous and that week's introductory offer meant they were only €30. Adding a spur of the moment blowdry was another €25 because of the special offer.
Did I mention the gin?! They kindly served me a great big fishbowl of Glendalough Gin and tonic, garnished with orange and rosemary. Which is exactly how it should be served! 🙌🏻
Although Dry & Fly has the ubiquitous blowdry 'menu' the stylists are really friendly and they'll do any blowdry style you want. My poker straight hair (a blessing and a curse) refuses to hold a curl so after chatting with Claire, we opted for volume and a loose tonging so that it would fall into casual waves over the course of the evening. In the lookbook it's technically called the Velvet. I was flying out on holidays late that night but even though I slept on it for a couple of hours, my 'do was revived with a blast of Klorane dry shampoo at horrendous o'clock when we were heading to the airport.
I definitely missed a trick by not having my blowdry while I was being manicured (that would have looked very Kimmy K! #glamsquad) But I'll know for next time. I'm already booked in for some pre-hen preening in July, including make-up hopefully; they're still getting sorted on that front.
Check them out on Instagram @dryandflydublin and facebook @DryandFlyDublin to keep an eye out for other news. Definitely look up @mixiepixie_ire if you're into nails! She's going to be in the salon on Saturdays and she's going to book up FAST.
BTW they're open 7 days a week (and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays!) so Dry & Fly would make a fab post-boozing pre-brunching pick me up on a Sunday morning "Hungover? Me? Nah I woke up like this."
*But it's such a winner. A few years ago a friend and I lamented that we hadn't got the funds to launch one ourselves in the Grand Canal Dock area. Hundreds of lawyers with no other salon nearby would've been a captive market! But sadly Roller got there first! They're also on my to-try list...