Both of these photos were taken before 10 AM. Which girl would you rather sit next to on the plane? (Photo: Jo Piazza)
I’m not a particularly attractive flyer. I’m not one of those people who gets all done up for a flight. My fiancé does. He almost always wears a dapper sport coat and a big old smile. Not me. I’m in my pajamas with a scowl and a top knot.
A friend traveling with me once noted during takeoff, “you look homeless.”
For this reason, I’ve long advocated for airports to have hair salons where women can get quick and easy treatments, like a blowout. I’m typically traveling for business and not pleasure which means I should look presentable upon landing at my destination.
I firmly believe that for the business woman (heck for any woman) a great blowout is akin to a man’s shoe shine. It adds a little polish to our look, sets the tone for the entire day and provides an added boost of confidence.
Hair salon services in airports are rare. Earlier this year Warren-Tricomi salons introduced WT GO at XpresSpa in New York’s LaGuardia Airport in Delta’s Terminal C. It’s a small oasis of joy in an airport that typically provides a world of suffering. The mini salon of two stylist stations offers a customized menu of services and a roster of stylists trained by the master colorist and stylist duo, Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi. Among the offerings are a $45 blow dry and styling, an $89 Lady’s trim, a $65 sheer glaze application and a $30 deep conditioning treatment.
WTGO is one of a handful of in-airport salons in the country. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
I decided to give it a test drive this week for a flight from NYC to Chicago that left at 10 in the morning. As usual I rolled out of bed in my jammies and into a car, my hair in its signature top knot. I was drowsy and cranky.
I had just 40 minutes to spare before my plane boarded but I was assured by the salon staff I would be in and out in 20 minutes.
Unlike most people at the airport, the stylists at Warren Tricomi were not lying to me.
The entire blow dry takes just 20 minutes. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
They gave me a five minute shampoo that included an expert scalp massage and a 15 minute blowout that actually made me feel like a movie star. I was prepared to take Chicago by storm. I actually changed out of my pajamas before boarding the plane.
It was wondrous.
It’s also expensive.
Is it worth it?
If you’re a business traveler heading straight to a meeting after a plane, getting the perfect blowout will certainly make you feel shiny and at the top of your game.
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