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Blow Out Bar Opens in Morro Bay

Brides and wedding parties will now have a place to go to get all dolled up for their big day, after a local salon owner expanded to include a new “blow out bar.”

Summer Birchell, owner/stylist of Summer Expressions Nair & Nail Salon, 735 Napa Ave., Morro Bay, has expanded to offer a service that specializes in “Wash, Blow, Style, Go…”

“We’re taking the shampoo experience to the next level,” explained Birchell, at a grand opening held Saturday, Jan. 13. They’re using vegan hair products, which Birchell explained are plant-based products that are easier on the hair. “What we’re doing is toning and conditioning the hair prior to styling.”

She’s long had the salon on Napa Avenue and recently expanded into the space next door. Her vision for the blow out bar is for bridal parties to sort-of rent the salon for perhaps 3 hours to get their hair and nails done.

“We can accommodate five girls at a time,” said Birchell.

Among the special offerings is a “Red Dragon,” an organic, steam foot treatment, which entails placing the feet into a small barrel-looking device that literally steams your tootsies back to health.

“We use essential oils and steam,” she explained. “It’s more beneficial. It hydrates the skin and increases circulation, and helps with inflammation. It’s a gentler approach, and because some people don’t like to have their feet touched.”

They also do oil manicures and there’s another thing they are licensed to do that can help make a girls’ day of pampering even more fun, they can serve complimentary wine and Champaign.

“I wanted to make a fun place for women to come enjoy,” Birchell said. “While the men are out fishing or playing golf, the women can come here, that’s the concept.”

She also plans to assist women just starting out in the beauty industry. “I’m bringing in beauty school interns,” she said. “I want to help get them excited with our industry. They can get experience here. It’s all about assisting women.”

At the open house, the refreshments were provided by Goddess Goods, which is a new business started by Birchell’s daughter, Sierra Mace, a budding entrepreneur in her own right. Mace is close to opening Goddess Goods in the 1000 block of Front St., (between The House of Jerky and Farmer’s Kites & Surreys), which will specialize in healthy foods.

According to the website (see: Goddess Goods is a “Local organic Café that offers fresh pressed juice, smoothies, espresso, kombucha, vegan food, and more!

To contact Summer Expressions call (805) 772-2134. Pictured here are Birchell (seated) with her crew of stylists in the new blow out bar. Photo by Neil Farrell

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