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Blow-dry bars pop up across Long Island

Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, watches while stylist

Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, watches while stylist Marie Hendel works on her hair at Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar in Huntington.
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Women know the perks of a good hair day--but they also know the frustration of losing a battle with the blow dryer.

"Your hair is the first thing people notice when you walk into a room," says celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel, who has tamed the manes of powerful women like Ivanka Trump, Nicole Kidman and Maria Sharapova. "If your hair looks good, you feel good... and those around you will notice."

Farel started offering professional blow dry services at JF Express to draw busy working women into his Fifth Avenue salon, which was at the forefront of a movement that'a spawned fast, affordable hair spots like Drybar and Rachel Zoe's DreamDry all over Manhattan.

And the winds are blowing east, with six blowout bars now open on Long Island and even more in the works. Some offer makeup applications and extensions, but none so much as utter the words cut or color.

Long Island's first blow dry bar opened nearly two years ago at Beauty Bar in Manhasset, staffed by stylists from nearby nuBest. But in recent months, they've been popping up regularly.

Blo, popular in Manhattan and nationally, opened its first Long Island location last week in Greenvale. Aire Blow Dry Bar opened it's first spot in October and is planning another at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station for late November, with 10 more on the Island by the end of 2014.

Women seem to have taken to the concept (so don't expect you can just walk in, best to make an appointment).

"Just like they get their nails done, we have a lot of women with hard-to-manage hair coming in twice a week for a blowout before work or while their kids are at school," says Debbie LaVecchia, who opened Blowout22 in Kings Park in June. "They walk out of here ready to conquer the world." -- Nina Ruggiero

Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar Where:
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Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar

Where:
16 Wall St, Huntington
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Maureen Raia, owner of Blow & Co. Blow
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Maureen Raia, owner of Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar, with her daughter, co-owner Dena Raia, sit in their recently opened salon at 16 Wall St. in Huntington.
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Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, has her hair
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Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, has her hair blown out and styled into "The Marilyn" by stylist Marie Hendel at Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar in Huntington.
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Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, watches while stylist
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Tabitha Mass, 22, of Holtsville, watches while stylist Marie Hendel works on her hair at Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar in Huntington.
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Alex Austin, of Cold Spring Harbor, shows off
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Alex Austin, of Cold Spring Harbor, shows off her soft curls after having her hair blown out and styled into "The Ginger Beach" by Angel Carfora, a stylist at Blow & Co. Blow Dry Bar in Huntington.
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Blowout22 Where: 116 Main St., Kings Park
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Blowout22

Where:
116 Main St., Kings Park
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Oralia Barrera, stylist at Blowout22 in Kings Park,
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Oralia Barrera, stylist at Blowout22 in Kings Park, works on Colleen Riley, 22, of Centerport.
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Oralia Barrera, stylist at Blowout22 in Kings Park,
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Oralia Barrera, stylist at Blowout22 in Kings Park, styles the hair of Colleen Riley, 22, of Centerport.
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Amanda Garveson, 18, of Kings Park, shows off
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Amanda Garveson, 18, of Kings Park, shows off the Classic Blowout she got at Blowout22 in Kings Park.
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Aire Blow Dry Bar Where: 8025 Jericho
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Aire Blow Dry Bar

Where:
8025 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
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Stylist Ronnie Trach blow-dries the hair of customer
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Stylist Ronnie Trach blow-dries the hair of customer Robin Mallor of Syosset at Aire Blow Dry Bar in Woodbury.
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Hair stylist Ronnie Trach shows off her blow-drying
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Hair stylist Ronnie Trach shows off her blow-drying technique while styling Manhasset resident Robin Mallor's hair at Aire Blow Dry Bar in Woodbury.
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Robin Mallor of Syosset models her hairdo created
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Robin Mallor of Syosset models her hairdo created by stylist Ronnie Trach at Aire Blow Dry Bar in Woodbury.
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Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar Where:
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Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar

Where:
5 N. Station Plaza, Great Neck
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Stylist Annemarie Chavez styles Manhasset resident Tabitha Nabokov's
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Stylist Annemarie Chavez styles Manhasset resident Tabitha Nabokov's hair at Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar in Great Neck .
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Clips hold Tabitha Nabokov's locks while stylist Annemarie
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Clips hold Tabitha Nabokov's locks while stylist Annemarie Chavez works on other sections at Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar in Great Neck.
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Tabitha Nabokov, of Manhasset, has a blowout done
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Tabitha Nabokov, of Manhasset, has a blowout done by stylist Annemarie Chavez at Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar in Great Neck.
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Stylist Annemarie Chavez works on the rest of
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Stylist Annemarie Chavez works on the rest of Tabitha Nabokov's hair at Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar in Great Neck.
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Tabitha Nabokov, of Manhasset, poses with her new
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Tabitha Nabokov, of Manhasset, poses with her new hairdo, a blowout done by stylist Annemarie Chavez at Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar in Great Neck.
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nuBest Blow Dry Bar (at Beauty Bar)
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nuBest Blow Dry Bar (at Beauty Bar)

Where:
2034 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
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Blo Where: 50 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale
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Blo

Where:
50 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale
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NYC PICK: JF EXPRESS Where: 400 Fifth
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NYC PICK: JF EXPRESS

Where:
400 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
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