AER Blowdry Bar

Today I am getting all nostalgic for my time spent in London this spring. Could it be I'm craving a return trip? The fact that The Youngest is headed to London next week (lucky kid)? Or...could it be that I am missing the best blow dry bar that I have ever been to? Yup, that's it. The last one. AER Blowdry Bar has been on my mind for a little while and since I can't visit them in person, I thought I would relive my experience! 

A few years ago I learned the secret to successful trips, events, and day to day life. Getting a blow out. I have mastered dry shampoo and can get away without washing my blow out for about three days, making it perfect for vacations (I detest washing and blow drying my own hair). Have you been to an event and/or holiday party and thought "why is everyone's hair so perfect?" Blowouts. Plus, who doesn't want to be pampered and have their hair done, with a scalp massage, and beautiful flowing hair?

I met with Amir (seriously try and get him to do your hair. He's the best!) and we discussed my hair's issues (can't hold a curl and lots of frizz in rainy London) and what style I was going for (hello, Kate Middleton of course! Queen, or should I say Duchess, of the blowout). After a relaxing wash, Amir worked his magic. Blow drying in sections with a round brush and coiling the hair tightly around the brush. 

He left the brushes in while my hair cooled. Now kids, I wouldn't try this at home. I once got a round brush stuck in my hair and spent a good few minutes panicking and pulled each strand out individually to try and not damage the hair cuticle. You'd think this would be heavy or uncomfortable, but it really isn't. They are not in there long enough and you can always have a sip on something while you wait (at this point in our UK trip I was pretty much drowning in tea).  

Oh, the glorious after! I can't even show you the before picture because I refused any photos until after I got my blowout. And what a blowout! We went with big hair and big curls, knowing that it would relax shortly (remember, my hair has issues with holding a curl). 

The shop is beautifully modern and they offer additional services such as manicures and a lash bar. One stop shopping while out in Chelsea! 

One of the things I love about London is being able to walk everywhere. We stayed in Kensington and walked over to Aer in Chelsea bright and early in the morning. It was a nice change from having to drive to get anywhere, like I do at home in Kitchener. I grew up in a small town where walking to pick up something from the store was common. I really do miss that. You see so many great things while walking and while leaving Aer we happened upon the site of Beatrix Potter's home! We never would have seen that if we were in a car.

So how did my blowout stand up to the elements? Pretty well! 

This is near the end of day 1. Now remember, my hair is notorious for not holding a curl no matter how much spray is put in it. After a full day of walking all over London, including getting caught in a light sprinkle and spending a few hours on the Thames, my hair was still full and bouncy. The curl wasn't as strong but since I had a cut with layers whatever curl remained gave my otherwise straight hair some life. 

Day 2 was much of the same. By the end of the second day I still had glossy, voluminous hair with lovely movement. Day 3 we were finishing up our London visit and my hair started to fall, but still maintained the gloss and movement. Day 4 I gave in and washed it myself (boo) and went back to poker straight hair (that's what my mom calls my hair). 

Well, thanks for letting me reminisce a little bit about my time in London. I will return and when I do, you better believe that AER Blowdry Bar will be my first stop. I'm off to live vicariously through my family members that will be there soon! 

AER Blowdry Bar

172 Old Brompton Road
020 7244 9499

Mon-Thu : 7.30am – 7.30pm
Fri : 7.30am – 8.00pm
Saturday : 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday : 10.00am – 6.00pm

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