Blo in Yaletown

Comments 16 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I realize right off the bat that the title may be misleading for those Google searching something else in Yaletown but “Blo” is actually the name of a “Wash. Blow. Go.” salon on Hamilton.

Wash. Blow. Go. Under 30 dollars. Just over 30 minutes []

At first I scoffed of the idea of a hair salon not doing any haircuts or colour and simply washing your hair for you how lazy can you be?. Then I clued into the fact that drying your hair also equals styling your hair. Sometimes after a hair cut my favourite part is when my hairdresser busts out the flat iron and I get to pretend I have ‘skyscraper straight’ hair for the day. Since my office Christmas party is tonight, I decided it would be the perfect time to hop across the street to “Blo”.

though there’s a lump in my hair for this pic

The space is very white however hot pink beams all around; from the flat irons down to the jar of Hubba-Bubba at the waiting area. The staff is friendly and the iMac at the counter gave me a sense of comfort. It took about 35 minute to wash, blow, and flat iron my long hair, which is about 2-3 inches past my shoulders.

I would have appreciated a little more use of product to help tame some stubborn frizzy bits but all in all it was a good experience. I think I mostly paid for the convenience, as I would normally just visit my regular stylist on Denman for anything to do with my hair.

They lived up to their slogan as the bill was no more than $31 with tax, and I walked away from “Blo” pretty pleased.

I should also mention that at other salons downtown a “blow” service like this costs $40 and up – there’s no “and up” at Blo.

“Blo” is located at 1150 Hamilton. They take walk-ins but you can also call ahead for an appointment as they seemed pretty busy.

Edit: They also have a Tab where you can accumulate 8 visits/styles and get one free.

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  1. JerFriday, December 21st, 2007 — 2:47pm PST

    sara would love this! i wonder if they have gift certificates…

  2. JenniferFriday, December 21st, 2007 — 3:51pm PST

    I love Blo! My hair never holds curl when I do it myself cause it’s so thick. The miracle workers at Blo have a way of creating the “Holly Would” and making it last all night.
    Yay Blo!

  3. DavidFriday, December 21st, 2007 — 4:57pm PST

    “Wash and Blow” was a common service when I was living In Singapore in the late 90s. I was certainly confused about it at first. My colleague, Jeff, would stand in the office about once a month (at about 2pm) and say, “I’m going for a wash and blow. Who’s coming?” Then 2 or 3 guys would get up with him and leave, coming back about 1 hour later – feeling refreshed and saying things like “That was NICE.”

    I had my own thoughts about what was going on. A year or so after I first arrived, Jeff and I were walking back from a client meeting, and Jeff turns to me and says, “Dave, what do you say we go for a wash and blow before going back to the office?”

    I turned to him and said, “Jeff, I have to tell you the truth, I’m not into this AND you’re married. This isn’t really ‘on’ in my books.”

    He looked at me like I had three heads? “What the hell are you talking about?”

    I said, “Dude, I know what a wash n blow is and I’m not interested. I’m not going to some hole in the wall to get a quick blow job.”

    He pissed himself laughing. That story got told to everyone, whenever Jeff and I were together for at least two years.

    And it was NICE and REFRESHING.

  4. Keira-AnneFriday, December 21st, 2007 — 8:09pm PST

    Hmmm…it’s tempting. But…I don’t know. Do they carry Bumble? Doubtful. 🙁

  5. JenniferFriday, December 21st, 2007 — 10:14pm PST

    They don’t carry Bumble…that’s the only major down side. 🙁

  6. Duane StoreySaturday, December 22nd, 2007 — 12:49am PST

    I bet they have a back room there.

  7. AirdrieSaturday, December 22nd, 2007 — 10:37am PST

    I want to have my next birthday party there! Who’s coming!

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  9. JennySaturday, December 22nd, 2007 — 10:01pm PST

    Does that count for hair like mine? It takes forEVER to straighten

  10. TiannaThursday, January 17th, 2008 — 11:46am PST

    is there a website to this place. I would love to check it out

  11. Miss604Thursday, January 17th, 2008 — 12:04pm PST

    Yep, it’s listed above:

  12. jinWednesday, March 12th, 2008 — 3:18pm PDT

    this place is ok – if you dno’t mind looking the exact same as every other woman who goes there!

    i ahve a bob and asked for ferocius, edgy, tousled hair – and i got PROM / NEWS ANCHOR hair.

    seemed like everyone who was in there ended up with the exact same hair: and it wasn’t cute.

    cute concept – TERRIBLE execution.

  13. LeniSaturday, November 15th, 2008 — 1:31pm PST

    Twice I have been to Blo on Granville and Twice I left disappointed. I only went because my own stylist was out of town and I needed quick service. After the first time I vowed never to return. I thought might as well pay an extra $10 and go to regular salon for this but I thought lets give them another chance. Never again. The problem is no one there has been trained properly on the classic blowdry, I mean both times the girls did not even know how to section the hair appropriately and blow dry for volume and straightening. The last one took 30 minutes just to do a quarter of my head! I might as well have gone to Supercuts. My style is a bob. Does not take that long. Max, one hour blo and straighten everywhere else in town. Perhaps they are more experienced in the Yaletown location. To the owners of this establishment, I implore you to just train your stylists properly on the techniques of a proper blowdry. Even I would have done a better job if you paid me.

  14. JulieFriday, May 1st, 2009 — 10:49am PDT

    I know it’s been a while since this post but I had to comment. I had the most awful experience at Blo. I went to the Yaletown salon and had one of their “most experienced” employees do my hair. She couldn’t divert away from their set “styles” and was very careless with the curling iron by burning my head and pulling my hair. It took her an hour and a half to fix her original style of a ’40’s schoolmarm. I had so much stress sitting in that chair. The worst part was that she didn’t spray my hair enough for a hot summer day and by the time I got home, the curls fell. I phoned them the next day and they were not very sympathetic. They stood by their “stylist” and chalked it up to just miscommunication between her and I. Even if she didn’t do the exact style I wanted, it should have lasted more than an hour. The only compensation they were willing to give is a discount the next time I go in. I wouldn’t even pay $1 to try them out again. I’ve heard from a few people they end up restyling their hair when they get home.

    I do not recommend this salon to anyone. Spend the extra cash for a real stylist. It’s worth it!

  15. Miss604Friday, May 1st, 2009 — 10:58am PDT

    @Julie I hear ya. I should probably put an update on the post but I no longer recommend Blo. My last few experiences (in December of 08) were not pleasant, they took far too long, the style quality was poor, and the company is really poor at responding to comments and emails (as in, I’ve never got a reply).

    I agree, spend the little bit extra and get a pro to do it – the last style I had was from Mine Stylesource on Main and it was awesome.

  16. Lucia BlueThursday, January 28th, 2010 — 3:39am PST

    Nice read, happy to come accross your nice blog. I enjoyed reading few of your posts during the last few minutes, and I think I’m going to stay there for some time ;). With a Arnold Schwarzeneger voice : I’ll be back! 😉

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