A few years ago, Drybar was my favorite place to get my hair done in NYC. I loved it so much I even wrote this blog post on it. But over this past year, I’ve felt like the quality has gone seriously downhill. In fact, there’s only been one time that I actually liked my hair, and that was when I got it done in Chicago for my cousin’s wedding. Other than that, I’ve hated every blowout and every updo, and that’s incredibly frustrating when you’re spending money on something you’re hoping to enjoy.
It was time for me to find a new spot, so I decided to try Blo. My cousin Marisa and I went to the one on the Upper West Side, but Blo has 128 locations worldwide for you to choose from. You can find all of their New York City locations here.
Blo is smaller than Drybar and much less crowded, so it feels calmer and less stressful.
We arrived 15 minutes early and they immediately began our services, which I appreciated since I was usually waiting 10-15 minutes after my scheduled appointment to even begin my styling at Drybar.
Blo’s branding isn’t as thorough as Drybar’s, I have to admit. But there’s still a hair menu to give you blowout styling ideas, or if you want an updo you can bring a picture of the style you want.
For our blowouts they began by shampooing our hair with sulfate-free products.
Then our stylists set to work drying our hair. Marisa was with Malisha and I had Jaritza as my stylist.
If I have one critique, it’s that Blo doesn’t offer you water, let alone champagne, while your hair is styled. In fact, I asked for water and they didn’t even have any to give me. It’s still worth going to Blo, don’t get me wrong, just don’t come thirsty!
Ta-da! The finished product:
Just kidding, we weren’t quite done! After our hair was dry and bouncy it was time to add some curl. Marisa wanted beachy waves and I asked for loose curls.
We loved the final result!
And it meant we looked fabulous at our Christmas afternoon tea later that day!
I wanted to try getting an updo at Blo too, so I stopped by before one of my events. The stylist put a lot of care into my look, making sure it reflected the picture I had brought in for inspiration.
I loved the end result, and wore it proudly at that evening’s Scandinavian Christmas Ball!
I even went back again (I am nothing if not dedicated to blogging!) and got beachy waves and loved that look too. Here’s a sneak peek (you’ll get to see more pictures in my upcoming blog post on Parker & Quinn):
Blo blowouts cost the same as Drybar’s at $45. But updos at Blo are cheaper at $75 than Drybar’s $90. And the end result is so much better! After going to Blo I’ll never go back to Drybar again.
I just love Blo!