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Two salons teach clients how to blow out their own hair

Want your hair to always look the way it does when you leave a salon? At Sugar House, you can learn blow-drying tricks. Photograph by Matthew Worden

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Blowing out your own hair is hard. Can it ever look as good as when a pro does it?

Maybe, if you sign up for Sugar House Day Spa & Salon’s free blow-drying classes. Held every three to four months on a Tuesday or a Thursday—the next date is Tuesday, September 30, from 10 am to 6 pm—a stylist teaches two people at a time how to get perfectly smooth results. Each half-hour class includes a free shampoo and conditioning plus drinks and snacks. Call early; the day is usually completely booked.

On the other side of the Potomac, One80 Salon in downtown DC offers 45-minute, one-on-one blow-drying tutorials on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 pm. A session, which includes shampoo and conditioning, costs $25; the fee is applicable toward any product purchase. Call ahead to book, or walk in that day and pay $40. On the same day, from 9 to 6, One80 offers free 30-minute scalp treatments and protein- and deep-conditioning treatments. No purchase is required, but an appointment is necessary; free wine and appetizers are served.

Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, 111 N. Alfred St., Alexandria; 703-549-9940;

One80 Salon, 1275 K St., NW; 202-842-9113;