The Blo Experience

Blo Calgary@bloheartsyou Blow Dry Bar has been in Calgary for over two years, but I never got the chance to go in, but over March break this year I seized the opportunity to get ready for the weekend thanks to Blo.

If you’ve never been to a Blow-dry bar, the concept is pretty simple: they do blow-drying and nothing else. No colour, no cuts, no mani and pedis. Because they specialize in just styling your hair, it’s what they do best, and they can do it fast. Also, because they don’t have to stock as much equipment or train their staff on different skills, getting your hair done at a blow-dry bar is often very cost effective. Blo charges $35 for a basic blow-out – $5 cheaper than most other places in Calgary.

From beginning to end, my experience there was great.

Before my actual blow out I got a 10 minute head massage (a $10 add-on) that transported me away from the crazy amount of snow that was falling outside.

When it came to the blow out, I had a choice of styles from Blo’s menu: I could get voluminous Hollywood-style curls, beachy waves, stick-straight hair, or a classically voluminous bouncy blow-out. I left the choice up to my capable stylist, and she thought I should go with the Holly-Would because it went so well with my red lipstick and black liner.

She made the right choice because the final effect was fitting – the blow-out just fit my look and my personality. I turned into a more glamorous version of myself in just an hour, thanks to my new-ish hair.

I loved being in and out of the salon and the transformative nature of my blow-out. I’m not the greatest at doing my hair, and the blow-out I received at Blo was much better than what I could have done myself.

Blo doesn’t just blow-dry your hair straight. They can do up-do’s, the latest braid, or even host parties for you and your friends. Check them out online, and find one in your city.  There are two locations in Calgary.  The one that I went to was on first street.  An insider tip from the manager and the stylist: if you’re a return client, and need them to open earlier on occasion they’ll try to accommodate you.  Speaking as someone who likes to have their hair done before appointments on a busy day (and as someone who’s a morning person) I find that to be amazingly flexible.  If nothing else, then that’s where I’m going for my next Blo-out.

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