I’ve been obsessed with curly blow dries lately. It’s a look I’ve been dying to try out (I blame Kate Middleton’s brilliant bouncy curls at Wimbledon) so when I headed to Galway for the Volvo Ocean Race, I booked in for one at Barry’s Hair Studio.
I’m always on the lookout for a good hair salon there as I make the annual pilgrimage for the Galway Races and other weekend breaks and, as is often the case, I take whatever’s available or look up the nearest Peter Mark.
Located in the heart of the city next door to Eason’s on Shop Street, blink and you’ll miss the entrance, but one you find it, descend the stairs to a spacious and bright beauty rooms and hair salon, complete with mega relaxing massage chairs which you can enjoy while you get your hair washed.
After getting my hair washed and being served a cup of coffee, Cathal the stylist set to work prepping my tresses with product; first with Kerastase Densitive, a texturising spray for volume, followed by Kerastase Elixir Kultime, which, like Moroccan Oil, is great in small quantities for shine. And unlike other Kerastase products which are “diagnosed” by your stylist depending on your scalp and hair, this oil can be used on all hair types.
The result? A curly blow dry that, due to my mid length hair, is more Olivia Palermo than Kate Middleton but one I was very pleased with none the less.
As an aside, I was delighted with the fact that Barry’s use Kerastase products as I’m currently using Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Luminous Perfecting Shampoo and conditioner, which I like for its shine–boosting properties. Add to wet hair a few drops of the serum, Cristalliste Bain Cristal Luminous Perfecting Essence and it gives tresses serious shine. (Yes, as you’ve probably guessed, I am obsessed with shiny hair!).
The Beauty Rooms at Barry’s Hair Studio has just been re-launched after undergoing a complete transformation I’m told, and after my blow dry was done, I settled in get my make-up done. The salon uses Glomineral cosmetics -a clinical mineral makeup line preferred by dermatologists but the beauty offering doesn’t stop here – there’s spray tan (Wow Brown), Shellac nails, waxing, massage therapy, lashes and manicures on the menu.
Contrary to the price list, a Curly Blow Dry at Barry’s is €34 which, at €9 more than a normal blow dry there, is a little steep I thought. Still, it was with one of their top stylists and I’m glad to have found a go-to hair salon in Galway which I’ll be adding to my little black book.
Makeup application is €25 or €30-35 for Bridal makeup.
Barry’s Hair Studio, Shop Street Galway, Tel 091 561 392 www.barryshairstudio.ie
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