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Split between Dominican salons, blow-dry bars speaks to racial divide, observers say
Split between Dominican salons, blow-dry bars speaks to racial divide, observers say

Michelle Pearce and her twin sister, Sandie Pearce Reardon, wanted to try something new when they walked into Haute Blow Dry Bar in Harbor East. They were so pleased with the results — long chestnut locks — that they posted photos that afternoon of their new hairdos to Facebook. "We love it," Pearce, who lives in Federal Hill, said about the new salon. "It took [the stylist] about 20 minutes." So-called "blow-dry bars" have been popping up in Baltimore and around the country. For about $50, clients can walk in and get a quick wash and styling. They're being marketed and hailed as a new concept. The appeal of a hair salon that focuses on fast...

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