Ladies (and gentlemen) of Capitol Hill – have I got a great, new service for you! So long to the days of making an appointment weeks in advance and traveling to H St or Georgetown to get your hair styled before a big event. Blowdry Taxi comes right to you.
Sona Sut founded Blowdry Taxi last year. The idea came from her celebrity hairstylist husband who often travels to hotels to do celebrities’ hair. She thought about how little time working moms and busy professionals have to go to a salon, and decided to bring the stylists to you – whether you’re at home, work or at the gym.
The service is on-demand, and you can book up to one hour in advance using their website or app. She starts appointments before salons open, at 6:30am, so if you have a big interview or a professional event you can fit in a blowout before work. Sona works with 12 stylists, several of whom are full-time. Since starting the business, she finds they mostly do hair for working moms and parties.
I was lucky to get to try out Blowdry Taxi and invite a friend along for the trial. We set an appointment for 6:30pm on a Saturday evening. (Since the service is on demand and stylists are traveling from around the DMV, I would suggest allotting some cushion time for the stylists to find your house and finish your style.) Blowouts are comparable in price to drybar and other similar salons ($50), and they will do updos for $85. Makeup is an additional charge.
Sona came along with the two stylists. They set up shop right in my living room, and spent time consulting with both me and my friend before they began to style. Both stylists were very professional, and patiently put up with the unfortunate thing about living in an older building, constant blown fuses.
Ashley did my hair and makeup, and I thought she did a great job! She asked me a lot of questions along the way and made sure she got the look I was hoping for. Needless to say, we were both very happy with the service, and got several compliments when we went out later that night!
I was absolutely thrilled to try this service and made an appointment immediately after reading this article. I made an appointment for 7am — and after extensive back and forth by phone where i was told the stylist was stuck in traffic – ended up canceling the appointment at 7:30. The fact of the matter is that no matter what’s going on if you are actually in the district of columbia at 7am, it does not take 30 minutes to get to my house on Capitol Hill. The whole point of a service like this is to make life more convenient for people and the fact that they didn’t have the courtesy to call to tell me they were running late is incredibly rude. Managing customers expectations is job #1 in any business – and they failed at that. I would highly recommend waiting til this service works out its kinks before using. — mad w/ wet hair on capitol hill