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Recap: Toka Salon’s Blowout Bash (and Giveaway!)

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So, I’m pretty high maintenance. Statements that come out of my mouth—and send most male suitors running—are known to include:

“I’ll take a skinny-two-shot-iced-dirty-organic-chai-latte, and make it snappy, please.”

“The bus? I only take Uber.”

“Are there animal byproducts in that soup?”

“Thanks anyway, but Daisy Mae only eats organic kibble, and, yes, she will be joining us on the patio for dinner.”

Between the manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing, this glamour puss likes to be well-kept.

One thing I am not high maintenance about is my hair. Until May, when I had the life-threatening hair apocalypse of 2012, I’d never had my hair blown out post-haircut. You see, my hair is thick, like, really thick. And, I’m likely running off to Pilates anyhow. So, I’d get my hair cut in about 20 minutes and then leave the salon with my hair wet … much to the horror of the hair stylist.

Toka Salon. Photo credit: Revamp.

I’d certainly never gotten my hair blown out. Then, all that changed last week and I can now add blowouts to my ever-growing list of prissy prerequisites.

That’s because lovely folks over at Toka Salon held a fabulous little shindig for about 30 ladies to get blowouts, drink cocktails, and mingle. They’re plugging their new $40 blowout option, which is a deal if you ask me.

I was joined by Katherine Kennedy, Marisa Schneider of Gilt City, Belle of Capitol Hill Style, and Liz of So Much to Smile About and other Washington bloggers, media gals, and event regulars. We munched on passed hors d’oeuvres catered from neighboring Cafe Milano and desserts from Making Whoopie! and sipped Prosecco and martinis while enjoying complimentary blowouts and makeup treatments from Toka’s super sweet staff.

Watermelon appetizers from Cafe Milano. Photo credit: Revamp.

The event was hosted by Meredith Fineman, the brainchild behind the always hilarious blog FFJD, which started as a chronicle of Meredith’s dates on the yuppy Jewish dating site J-Date, and turned into her hilarious musings on life as a 20-something, fashion, love, and everything in between. Meredith also runs the newly launched Fine Point PR, and already has some great clients—no doubt from her connections through the blog and her overall fun, witty personality.

FFJD’s Meredith Fineman and Gilt City’s Marisa Schneider (post blow-out) with Toka Salon Owner. Photo credit: Revamp.

The whiz behind my salon chair did my hair in less than 20 minutes and it looked amazing—silky, smooth, soft and wavy. Meanwhile, I sat there—champagne in hand—and caught up on my e-mail and some other work. I walked out of there, buzzed, beautiful and de-stressed. Seems like it’s worth the $40 to have someone else style your coif, if you ask me.

Toka Salon. Photo credit: Revamp.

So, we have a giveaway for you—to get a complimentary blow out from Toka at a time of your choosing. All you have to do is leave your name in the comments and tell us what your most high-maintenance attribute is. We’ll pick the winner Friday—just in time for you to get your hair did for the weekend—and get your addy to send you the gift certificate.

Toka Salon has locations in Penn Quarter, Georgetown and Alexandria.

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  1. I’m high maintenance about my bed. I make my bed every morning- hospital corner tuck and all, and I refuse to let un-ironed sheets anywhere near my mattress. It might be high maintenance but my best friend always says “high maintenance equal high quality.”

  2. I am high maintenance about always needing a king bed! I like to take up the entire bed when I sleep, which doesn’t go over so well with the husband…and when we travel, there better be the king bed I reserved! None of those queens for me!

    And my bourbon. It better be delicious.

  3. eyebrows. always my eyebrows. i’m going to notice if one hair too many was threaded away…

  4. I think I am a little high maintenance about the cleanliness of my apartment – dishes always have to be done, clutter must be picked up, and bed always has to be made before I can go to sleep or go out!

  5. I’m high maintenance when it comes to my nails. I’m absolutely the girl that will hand off a jar for someone else to open because I don’t want to risk it 🙂

  6. I’m high maintenance when it comes to my nails. I’m absolutely the girl that will hand off a jar for someone else to open because I don’t want to risk breaking one 🙂

  7. After having worked in two 5-star hotels here in DC, I am now such a high-maintenance hotel snob. At two different weddings of two very close girlfriends of mine, I have foregone the room-block hotel where all my friends were staying in favor of high-end hotels because I just can’t bear the thought of sleeping in a bed where the duvet may or may not have been washed before my stay. Fun with friends be damned! I need my 600-thread count sheets and spa-quality bath soaps

  8. I’m high maintenance with my hair (I’ll pay for products and tools that actually work) and my pets (thousands in vet bills, fancy food, etc).

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