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Monday
Feb182013

Blo Blow Dry Bar now in Manila

I've been wishing for a real, professional blow dry bar in the Fort area for some time now. I've only read about the bars in Pasig but they're just too far for me. Yes, hair salons offer blow dries but the ones I like are in awkward pockets of Makati. The only reason I would get a pro blow is if I'm going to an important event, and these events are usually in Rockwell or The Fort area.

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the "Coming Soon" sign of Blo Blow Dry Bar in Serendra late last year! It just opened last week. I was also v.v. happy to find out that there's already another branch in Powerplant. Double yay!

But wait, what is Blo Dry Bar? It's actually the first to market the no cuts, no color concept in North America. It specializes in blow drying alone. From what I've seen in my visit, they only use reputable hair products and tools to achieve that perfect coif! The attendants are well-trained and pleasant. The interiors are in hot pink and white with a feminine minimalist feel.

Reception area in Serendra branch

Seating

The procedure is fairly straightforward: the attendant will shampoo your hair, then she'll hand you a menu of services. Blo has seven styles you can choose from, but don't worry, these are all customizeable according to your taste. Looser curls? Higher bouffant? Just tell them and they will accommodate.

Shampoo area

Hair Menu

Pick one and have fun

Tools

The famous L'Oreal Elnett and Tri Design styling products

I loved the experience there. :) Compared to my last blow dry (Bench Fix, where the attendant fried my hair straight and I paid P400 anyway), this is soooo luxe! My fine hair wasn't pulled and damaged by too much heat, and the style stayed on for like six hours. Then it looked even better the next day.

I requested for Holly Would but since I was late for my thing, I told the hair cadet (that's what Blo staff are called) to not curl my hair anymore. I was there for about 30 minutes.

Voila! This volumized more in the next couple of hours

What it looked like the next day. Yup, didn't wash my hair. It didn't smell or feel greasy, even though it was so hot and humid the day before.

I was a little deflated to find out that one session is P500 but when I've given it some time to sink in I realized that it's not such a painful price to pay. Think of it this way: if you're going to a prom, graduation, even a wedding, you would want your hair to be absolutely perfect. You can hunt for a hairstylist who will come highly recommended, but who can you really trust to deliver? The really good ones will cost you anyway. You can save yourself the stress, go to Blo, and know you're in good hands. In that case, P500 ain't gonna seem so bad!

As for me, I go to a lot of events as part of my work. I would prefer to style my hair but now that it's considerably longer, I just don't have the time and energy to do it myself. Besides, it's not like I do a great job in the first place! I'd rather just pay someone else to do it so I won't have to worry about botching it or having the style fall apart in the middle of the day.

There are some engagements that I would pay a P500 blow dry for, especially if the event is one of my own, so I intend to make Blo would be my go-to place for those kind of days. :) Great place. I shall definitely visit again!

Will you go for a P500 blow dry? Why or why not? Who styles your hair?

Opens at 7am

Blo Rockwell Bar

Stall #019 P1 Level
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center Makati City, Philippines
+63 917 6-BloDry (256379) blorockwell@blomedry.com 

Blo Serendra Bar

2-C01A 2nd Floor
Serendra, Fort Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
+63 917 6-BloDry (256379) bloserendra@blomedry.com 

Reader Comments (22)

If you only want a perfect hair for an event, then this is the place to go. Hair and make up is usually a tandem that could make your wallet cry out. I think this is perfect for those who can pull off their own make up. It would cost less too. Too bad that they only have branches in the Manila area. Wish one would open here in Pampanga.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I think PHP500 is okay for a hassle-free hairstyling session siiiince I can't do it on my own anyway. Haha! But what pulls me to try out Blo is that it doesn't look as intimidating like other salons and their Hair Menu makes it easier for one to visualize what they want. I also heard that you can bring your preferred hairstyle and they can imitate it for you~ I am sooo trying this out for upcoming formal occasions!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMara Mina

I love the interior! I would be willing to pay 500 if the turnout is really good. And based from your pictures, I'm planning my trips there already! :) I wish I knew about this place during Valentine's so I didn't have to pull my hair up :( And i like that they open early! Most salons open at 9 or 10 so if you have an early morning event you'll have to look for a freelancer. And those salon stylists apply to much spray on your hair pa which makes it look too stiff and sticky! Since this place specializes in hairstyling, I think you'll really get your money's worth!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana

I'm willing to pay P500 for hair styling and great service. I love the hair menu with pictures. It will help the choosing process easier. I hope they'll have branches in the south soon.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I'd willingly spend 500 for this kind of treatment. :) Most salons charge 1k+ for hair and makeup but thanks to beauty blogs and youtube, I think it's better to do your own face and then go to a professional blow out bar for your hair. It's hard din kasi when the MUA at a salon puts too much make up or uses the wrong shades on you (I'm speaking from personal experience) then you'll have to retouch pa! So if you choose to do your own makeup, 500 versus 1000 isn't so bad. :)

Btw, where did you buy your jacket? Love it! Is it leather? :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJin

Personally, I think it's a reasonable price since I can't style my own hair anyway and considering the posh looking place and the hair products/tools that they use? It's a win! But dang it's too far from our place! For special occasions, say, a wedding, I'd go as far just to have my hair styled! Your curls look so lovely btw. :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

It's kind of hard for me to fork out P500 just for a blow dry - but for special occasions (or for a perk me up session), I think okay na rin to splurge! I wish they'd open more branches - hopefully one up North!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

i so wanna try the one style with lots of curls...ano nga ba un? hahahaa, will try this soon!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrigitte

I hope they open a branch in Q.C. .. i really like it..and the place is totally cute...

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChiena :)

I think this is nice, especially for people who'd rather do their own makeup. :-) For events, mahal naman talaga magpa hair and makeup.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChel Pablo

I love the interior! white and hot pink, it looks so posh, classy and pretty. P500 for a session?, maybe I'll go there if I have to attend a special event. :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

ang galing ng pagka blow dry!
Liz...maintain mo yung ganyang hair. super bagay sayo!
i love all the looks in this post!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPong

I so wanna go there and try their services. Thanks for sharing, Liz! I already spread this to my girlfriends. YAY!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaarni

I wouldn't think twice about spending PhP 500 for my hair if I'm going to an important event and I don't have the time to fix it myself. I like their Pillow Talk, High Society, and Go Fish hairstyles. For the meantime, I'd rather learn how to do these hairstyles on myself. Haha. I hope they open branches in the north naman. :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Wow naman!
Confession time. When I feel like it, I go to the salon to have my haircut so that I could get the wonderful blow-out afterwards.

This is a 50-50 for me? I agree with Ms. Liz that when you attend prom, or any other event, yes, I'd be willing to cash out P500.00. But for regular sessions, hindi siguro. (But then, who goes to the salon everyday? Wala din naman. )

BTW Ms. Liz, (points up) is that hair chalk?

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

Love the result of your chosen blow dry style! Hmmm, honestly I'm lazy when it comes to my mane. I do realize how it's my crowning glory and it could make or break how I look for the day, but I don't go past brushing and tying it up in a ponytail. Thank goodness for salons and now, Blo, that I think I won't have much problem when I want to look sleek or extra sexy via my hairstyle!

If they lower the price to 350, I might consider availing their services at least once a week hehe. The price is reasonable though, given the fab work they did on your hair. :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Sana they would have a branch in the north area. I think paying 500 is reasonable to pay especially if you are going to an important event, especially for me who couldn't fix my own hair except for a ponytail even if my life depended on it.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md@yahoo.com

I adore the interior design and I find their opening time very sensible vis-à-vis the potential clientele. I don't think PHP500 is an obscene amount for a blow dry especially if we're talking about very important occasions where videos and photographs could immortalize the fab hair(do).

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

Oooh thanks for reviewing! I'd definitely try it. I used to have my hair blown dry at Bench Fix in GB, and hindi pa nga for major events. Only if I need to look especially impressive in important meetings HAHA. Wish they'd open in Greenbelt area! I wonder if the Perfect Pony with my sideshave. :)) It's an interesting look I'd like to try, but may not be achievable with this shave. Haha, oh well! We'll see.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Yay! Finally, we have this here na! I hope they can open more branches so its more accessible. Its a pretty good price considering they dont fry up the hair, means they must know what they're doing. HMU in itself costs around 1200-1500 depending on who does it. A friend had her hmu done at Bench fix & cost her 1200. I wanna say, "1200 yan, really?" but I didn't hehe. I do my own hair and makeup during special occ. takes me about 4 hrs, since I have long and thick hair. Plus I usu burn my fingers w the curling iron. So this Blow Bar is pretty great news! Question Liz, how long for the easiest blow dry? how bout the most bongga? Is the hair after the blow not stiff or crispy? Thanks! And if the prods they use, they sell in their salon too?

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I agree, 500bucks is not too much to shell out for a great 'do, especially for events that require heavy duty styling. :D And since people here love to play with makeup or are starting to, we can definitely save up on MUA, DIY it and just spend some cash at Blo!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdianecapile

Called here for an appointment last January 4. Its my baby's christening day and of course I wanted to look fab! Booked for a 7am appointment. Take note dearies: they charge an additonal 10% for 7am appointments. Its fine by me since I had to be at the church before 9am. I arrived around 7:10am and the salon was already open. They were really on time and it made a good impression on me. The blo cadet and receptionist were very accomodating considering im their ONLY customer for that hour. I chose a combination of their signature blo (the curly and ponytail ones) and i was really satisfied with the results. The blo lasted up to 10 hours pa and didnt fall apart at all during the event. Will definitely be a repeat customer here. :)

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Lim

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