While in LA I marveled at all the hair salons for blow drying hair. Who knew these salons were all over Texas. And, as much as we Texas gals like our hair fixed, it does seem like a natural fit.
Houston, Texas-based Blow Dry Bar, LLC seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement against Dallas, Texas-based DryBar Holdings, LLC's trademark and trade dress. DryBar sent several cease and desist letters to Blow Dry Bar after Blow Dry Bar launched their first location and announced the opening of their second store. DryBar's founder Alli Webb has been credited by many as creating the "blow dry salon" trend.
The term "blow dry bar" is descriptive at best and is quickly becoming generic for a hair salon that provides "blow drying." A consumer sees blow dry bar and immediately knows the service available. Perhaps salons should start thinking less descriptive in order to develop a strong and defendable brand. The case, filed in 2012, is still active with a hearing on a Motion for Summary Judgment scheduled on April 25, 2013.
Blow Dry Bar, LLC v. Drybar Holdings LLC, 4:12-cv-02425 (S.D. Tex - Houston, filed Aug. 8, 2012).