Vancouver hair salons for a holiday updo or blowout

If you’ve ever scrounged at the last minute for a salon that could take your hair from dull to divine…only to run home to wash a pound of hairspray down the drain and sweep your hair up a sock bun, read on. This list of tried-and-true Vancouver salons will ensure that your blowout or updo are on point this holiday season.

Bangtown Hair Salon

438 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T5

Although Bangtown’s name and interior decor evoke the Old West, trust that you won’t emerge from here looking like Dolly Parton in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The gifted stylists here can make your updo or blowout as classic or as edgy as you like, ensuring that your look works from uptown to downtown as you party hop the night away.

Blo Blow Dry Bar

1150 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2

With three locations in Vancouver, Blo is the king of the blow-and-go blowout. The stylists at this salon don’t cut and colour, but focus solely on what they do best: blowouts ranging from sleek to tousled and updos for every occasion.

Poppy Hair Salon

2686 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P7

This Kitsilano salon has an airy, minimalist feel, so the stylist’s focus will be on you and what you’re looking for in a blowout or updo. Superior service and a keen knowledge of what works for different hair lengths and textures keep clients looking their best for their festive fêtes.

East Vanity Parlour

2482 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z1

A sweet petite salon, whose vintage look is almost as charming as its stylists. This is the place to come for a throwback to the time when updos were not just for special occasions. Thinking of rocking a shift and a beehive this holiday season? Mount Pleasant’s East Vanity Parlour has you covered.

Pomp & Proper Salon

2812 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G2

Remember that updo you wore to your graduation formal, before you knew that all hair salons were not created equal? You needn’t fear that kind of stiff, shellacked style from Pomp & Proper. Instead, think sleek, sophisticated style that will make you the hot topic around the water cooler the day after the party…for all the right reasons.


799 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 0A2

Conveniently located inside Nordstrom at the Pacific Centre, Drybar is an ideal spot to book an appointment if you need to pick up some last-minute accessories afterwards. The blowdry bar’s tagline is, “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. Only $50 CAD.” There’s certainly something to be said for doing one thing right, and the perfectly coiffed 'dos emerging from this salon make it clear that the stylists here have mastered the beautiful blowout.

Moods Hair Salon

1070 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T4

The list of celebrities that have had their hair done at Moods is as diverse as it is long (Carly Rae Jepsen and David Lee Roth are among those who have had their hair coiffed here). If pop and rock royalty have trusted their tresses to this salon before walking the red carpet, you can rest assured that these stylists are the best in the biz.

Lounge Hair Studio & Spa Inc

1116 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3E6

Have to work right up to the last minute before that holiday party? Not to worry; the Lounge has lightening-fast WiFi for clients’ to use while stylists work their magic on their manes. Stylists here keep au courrant thanks to the salon’s ongoing education program.

Trim Hair Salon Inc

2-3851 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P1

Trim specializes in breezy styles that will make you look naturally beautiful at your holiday celebration (think soft, touchable updos and blowouts that move). Thinking you need a trim before your style? Well…in case the name didn’t give it away…this is just the place for that, too.

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