I went there to get my hair curled for my Engagement Party! Everyone loved it - volume and shine all in one :) Thanks ladies! xo
I decided to try out Blo Dry Bar today...what a disappointment!
I get my hair done often, and am also quite good at doing my own hair, and know a thing or two about hair, even I think more so than the girl who attended to me at Blo today. She made my first time experience a blo, very unenjoyable experience, plus the know it all attitude didn't help.
She was very rough with my hair, making the experience so not relaxing but rather painful, as she was constantly pulling at my hair while washing, drying, blow drying, combing and curling my hair ...seriously my scalp is still sore from the experience.
I have medium length, straight hair (so it's not a really challenge to dry it!) . I specifically asked for a blow dry with curl, and asked the the curls be created while she blew dry the hair. she expressed it was best to dry it straight first and then curl it with a curling iron - i disagreed, but she insisted this is how it would be done.. surely once she was done drying, and began curling with the iron, she insisted that my hair doesn't hold curl and making it wavy was the best she could do.... wtf?!
...i had a strong suspicion that she was not professionally trained...i often get my hair done (yes, at other blo bars and salons), and no one has ever once complained that my hair doesn't hold curl - i'm sure i'm a professional stylist would not have said that.
Given the busyness of the salon, i didn't want to express my dissatifaction in a bold manner, and just accepted it for what it was, even though it was very obvious i was not happy.
I'm a big believer in not tipping for poor service, could you believe the p.o.s. machine did not allow me NOT to tip! I had to ask to skip the tip, the cashier didn't seem impressed with my request.
They say you get a fabulous blow out for about $30 in about 30 minutes.
But really you get a good blow out for about $45 in about 60 minutes.
I'm okay with the fact it took longer, especially if my hair was done well, but $37.29 is the bottom line...not including tip.
Then to come out, and finding a parking ticket on my windshield (as I exceed my parking my two minutes, thinking that an hour parking would have sufficed!), sealed the remaining of my experience that I wouldn't be returning to BLO.
I've been there twice to get my hair done, and once to make an appointment, and it's been a great experience each and every time! The women who work there are very friendly, and can always strike up a convo that you'd want to last for hours instead of just half of one. My hair always looks its best whenever I'm heading out from Blo. As much as I wish I could pull off these styles at home, it's just near impossible for me to do so. I'm glad there's a company out there that can help me when I need it! :)
Yesterday was the fourth time I've been to the Blo Dry Bar on bloor west - I love it for a special treat for myself when there is a special occasion - I think it's particularly worth it when I have a special occasion to go to. Two tips: a) book well in advance and try to go early in the day (yesterday they were out of hot water for my late afternoon Sat appnt b/c it was so busy!) and b) if you want curls, get them to do it with the hairbrush instead of blow drying your hair straight and then using the curling iron - with trial and error I've found the first way stays longer:) Lastly, if you buy the group deals when they come up, you can save some $$ and spend only $20 to get your hair done! Enjoy:)
p.s. I read another review where someone had their hair burnt - I had the same problem/experience at the king street west location (I have never been back there). I've had Randy and Stephanie do my hair at blo bloor west and both did a great job! :)
I have been a fan of the Blo hair salons since they originally launched in Vancouver. Ecstatic that they made their way to Toronto, I have been to a couple of their locations.
The concept is fantastic in that they are strictly a blow dry salon. The price is right at $30-35 and their aim is to get you in and out in 30 minutes. However, I have noticed that the experience level of their staff members is hit and miss. I went to the one at the Four Seasons and the girl was quick, efficient and did an excellent job.
Unfortunately, the stylist I had at the Bloor West Village location made the cardinal hair styling mistake and burnt my hair! I scheduled a deep conditioning Moroccan oil and blow dry and although I was happy with the way the treatment and style turned out, I noticed later on that my hair had the distinct smell of being burnt. To make matters worst, the next day I noticed that my hair looked dry and brittle (not something you would expect after having a Moroccan oil treatment) but the most alarming thing was that my hair started falling out everywhere!
Since it appeared that my hair got damaged and overprocessed during the blow dry and style, I called the salon to see if anything could be done and all I was told was to just deep condition my hair once a week with a restorative deep conditioning treatment about once a week until my hair got back to it's usual condition. They took no responsibility for what happened to my hair and just said that it was probably dry due to the cold whether!
I would never expect that I should have to undertake the responsibility of reversing the damage that was inflicted to my hair at a professional salon. I am shocked that no effort was made whatsoever to help rectify situation. So now, I have to purchase over $60 in deep restorative conditioning products to reverse a blo dry and style that costed $35.
My advice - go to the location at the Four Seasons. =)
I decided to take things one step further and sent an email to the Blo salon after getting off the phone with the individual who wouldn't help me. I got a quick response from the owner who is in the process of trying to rectify the situation. Hopefully they can fix my hair. Stay tuned!
I went to Blo on opening day with the ChickAdvisor staff. I had heard of the concept of strictly blow-dry and style salons, but had never been to one before, and I was really looking forward to it.
Blo is indeed a brand of its own. Stylists are called 'blo-ers' and the only flavour of vitamin water they serve is the red kind. The music plays really loudly in the blo area of the salon. This didn't bother me but I know some people who would not be fans. I was surprised that the chairs were plastic - a slight deviation from the cushioned chairs I expect to sit on at a hair salon. I soon realized that they're small and plastic so they can be easily moved and allow several people to sit at one bar at once. I felt a bit crowded by this concept at first, but it didn't bother me much.
I didn't get to look at the menu, but I already knew what I wanted done, and my blo-er agreed with me. The blo was surprisingly fast - it may have something to do with the fact that at one point, two blo-ers were working on my hair at once!
By the end, was hair was incredibly voluminous and glamourous. It wasn't quite what I had in mind, but after a few hours, my curls loosened and my hair became exactly what I had in mind. I was so happy with it I left in for several days later! (in fact I probably overdid it because when it came to washing it, I couldn't remember the last time my hair was that knotted).
The quality of the styling and the prices at Blo are both great. I missed the opportunity to relax and really enjoy my pampering as I would at an ordinary salon, and I did feel a bit rushed, but I would return to Blo if the occasion called for it.
I came with with some ChickAdvisor Staff for their Bloor West Village Opening. Like Ali said, the concept of this Salon is pretty cool. It's bascially $30 in 30 Minutes Hair Style. The Salon is strictly wash, blow dry, style. You get to choose from a menu with 7 different hair styles. I chose a voluminous curls. I don't quite remember what it's called, but you'll see the name with a illustration of the style on the menu.
The sink was a little uncomfortable and the paper towels for drying was a bit strange (Apparently it's biodegradable) I especially enjoyed the conditioner as it gave my scalp a tingly, cooling effect. The stylist was really nice and tried to teach me tips and tricks on how to do my own on along the way. I came out with the most voluminous and full hair i've ever seen on myself. It was refreshing. I have to admin that my hair was a little over the top and curly at first, but after a while, it just fell into nicely. Even then, i've never had hair with such body so it felt different. But I did get compliments on my hair by a stranger.
What I love the most about this place is the ambiance and decor. Since they don't do cuts and color, the place was clean without hair all over the floor. Overall, i think this is a great option for when you need a blow out or just getting ready for a night out.
I came here with a couple of girls from our team for their Bloor West Village opening. I just love the concept of this chain. Get a quick and easy blow dry, choose the style you'd like from their menu and in 30 minutes you're perfectly polished for your night out. A typical blow dry is $31 or you can choose one of several updos for $55 or even extension installation.
You can either have your hair styled dry or you can also get a wash. Personally, I found the sinks uncomfortable because they didn't dip down at the neck so it was hard for the stylist to wash the back of my scalp and it was uncomfortable for me. They also use biodegradable paper towels to dry your hair instead of regular towels and they aren't big enough to cover long hair, so I'd recommend asking for extra paper towel to cover your back so you don't end up with a wet back. I did, and was fine, but one of our team members ended up with a wet back.
In the end we all chose curls and beachy waves, which turned out beautifully. The price is the same as what my salon charges for a blow dry, but since these little pink bars keep popping up all over the city, it's more convenient to go there than book an appointment at my salon every time I need a pick me up for my hair.
These reviews are the subjective opinions of ChickAdvisor members and not of ChickAdvisor Inc.