Blo Blow Dry Bar
By YP Contributor

Blow It Out

BLO Blow Dry Bar opened its pink front doors in the spring of 2011. A unique niche salon, it offers hair blow outs for a flat rate. Women (and men) can pop in and have their hair washed, blow dried and styled in just under an hour. Owner Anna Skrzypek attributes her success with the business to the young professionals and women on the go who are her main clientele.

“BLO is a great service for anyone who wants to look polished but has limited time. There is such a great market for it here in Calgary. People have the money to spend on getting their blow out once a week and they appreciate the quick service we offer,” says Anna.

With a tag line like “You’re Not Cheating on Your Hairdresser,” the concept is clear. There are no scissors involved at BLO. You stop in, have your hair washed while receiving a luxurious scalp massage, and then have it blown out into the style of your choosing. Repeat customers can even sign up for a BLO subscription that also makes a great gift idea for BLO addicts.

Anna says that stopping in for a blow out can keep your hair looking healthy. “I would say a big benefit is that we use the tools properly," she explains. "If you don’t want to fry your hair, come to us because we use professional tools and we get the job done a lot quicker. A blowout will last a few days and you can touch it up with dry shampoo so that you aren’t overwashing your hair.”

Owning a business in a niche market has been incredibly rewarding. We do one thing — amazing blowouts — and we do it really well. - Anna Skrzypek, owner
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Peruse BLO's hairstyle menu in its glamorous waiting room.

Style Meets Efficiency

When you walk into BLO, you are immediately struck by its hot-pink interior and bright lights as well as Lucite chairs and mirrors. A photo portrait of Bridget Bardot surveys the hair washing area.

Clients are encouraged to flip through the BLO menu. The comprehensive illustrated guide presents the various hair styles the shop offers, from the smoothed-out locks of the Red Carpet blow out to the intricate fishtail braid of the Go Fish. It's clear that the stylists at BLO are truly skilled.

If you are looking for something a bit more intricate, they're happy to help. Just bring in a photo of your desired style and ask for the up do à la carte. Your stylist will work their magic.

BLO can also boost the volume of your flowing tresses with the installation of hair extensions. Either bring your own or purchase them directly from BLO and you’ll leave with a head of hair worthy of a shampoo commercial.

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Enjoy a wash and scalp massage prior to getting your epic new style.

Girls Night Out

BLO can also be booked for after-hours private functions. Whether you are planning a bridal shower, bachelorette or a birthday party, BLO is ready to party with you.

For instance, you may wish to treat your girlfriends to a Hollywood blow out. “It is a nice soft curl that gives a lot of bounce. It's fun and flirty," says Anna. "We also recently partnered with Gwyneth Paltrow to represent the brand and design some new hairstyles for the hair menu. Our clients will love the new looks!”

Whatever your style preference, BLO has a look for you. Spare an hour to pamper yourself (or a friend) and leave with beautiful healthy hair every time.

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The BLO salon is an ultra-girly space, perfect for bachelorette parties or a girl's night out.
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