Nestled in the cobbled streets, I headed to the beautiful, bustling piazza in Covent Garden, London – for the market place holds a special little gem – the Blo Blow Dry Bar has landed in the UK, and it’s the first one in Europe in fact.
With seven dazzling styles featured on their ‘Blo Hair Menu’ to feast your eyes over and THEN they pulled out the new ‘Braid Menu’ for summer… well, this is the dream.
Treated to a lovely ambience of chatting all things hair, delicious coffee (you know I love my coffee) and my favourite glossy magazines – I was set for the perfect afternoon.
Here’s the Blo-down (hey, like that!?) on the salon’s offerings, what braid I chose and the amazing hair styling products they used to create it – and why I highly recommend you to go!
Greeted by the sweet surroundings of the market place (there was actually a classical singer serenading me as I walked in, true story) the cute and very quaint salon offers an abundance of fun and creativity inside…
A little bit about Blo
‘No cuts, no colour: Just WASH BLOW GO’ is Blo’s mantra. Born in Canada and now dressing tresses in 45 locations worldwide and recently starring in Entrepreneur magazine as a featured franchise – I had to go and check it out.
I’m hugely intrigued by the blow dry phenomenon and I almost felt a little extravagant by going for just a ‘wash and blow dry’ but this experience has definitely changed my view.
From as little as £28 (and in central London too, absolute steal) you can get completely pampered and catwalk ready within the hour. Why not?
Appreciating the modern day woman, Blo offers flexible opening hours including 7-10am ‘breakfast club’ appointments (which also includes brekkie, yum) – in case you need shimmering locks for that all important interview, the work’s summer party, special-occasion hair, or just because…
Super selfie – hey Woo!
Keeping me out of mischief (with magazines and coffee) and plenty of products to look at… Blo use the Unite hair care range, and it felt and smelt absolutely delightful.
Combining high quality European ingredients and American technology, the range features 30 hair care & styling products – cleansers, conditioners, styling and finishing – and are free from sulphates, parabens, gluten, Sodium Chloride, DEA and MEA. The products are Vegan and colour safe too (mega bonus).
Braid me happy
My hair is naturally super polka straight, so whenever I can get a bit of volume, that is always the order of the day.
I chose the ‘Holly Would’ to unleash my inner femme… I’m not sure if any boys lost coordination in the knees, but I had a lovely time all the same 🙂
The heroic-hair products they used to create my style were:
- VOLUMIZING Shampoo & VOLUMIZING Conditioner to amplify fullness and volume
- EXPANDA Volume to get roots-ready (big hair, don’t care) added with…
- BOING Curling for exaggerated, big beautiful curls
- BOOSTA Spray for all over hair lift and shine *sparkles*
- MAXCONTROL Spray for maximum stay-in power (and trust me, it did)
The results – magical
‘Blo’ me over with a feather – the moment they turned my chair round, I was completely amazed. How gorgeous!? Super talented Blo girls.
I want to keep this hairstyle forever
*stocks up on Unite’s dry shampoo*
I heart you too, Blo…
What a treat! And because I loved it so much, I couldn’t wait to book my next appointment. So I did.
My friend is coming to visit me next weekend for some quality girls time and I’m treating her – what better way to celebrate; blow dries, shopping and afternoon tea (and oh, did I mention Taylor Swift!? Rock on British Summer Time Hyde Park!)
Question is: do we go for Ritz-glam or festival-chic?
I’ll keep you posted…
Whether it’s a girls day out or just a pamper for one, I highly recommend this salon. With polo & races’ seasons upon us, proms & balls, summer parties, music festivals and weddings galore – there’s a little something and style for everyone.
Join the Blo Blow Dry Bar community
Check out their (US) website for the hair menu inspiration, but make sure you also follow the UK salon’s social channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for hairstyles, colourful fun and mouthwatering food – and find out who’s getting beautifully BLO’n away too 😉