I’ve always wished I had that entrepreneurial mind that would allow me to conjure up the most exciting businesses or ideas and make a living from it. However, my creative toolset will only extend so far to that of an idea only. One of those ideas was the hope that there would be a place where you could get ready from head to toe in one place close to the venue of an event or a Friday night haunt. Luckily for us women out there, someone made that idea a reality. Welcome to the world of Blow Ltd.
A manicure, pedicure, blow dry and makeup all mastered in Covent Garden under the watchful experts of the Blow salon. Being so excited around this concept I had to try it so was over the moon when the Communications Store popped an invite in my inbox.
As I live South West, dressing up for a night on the tiles located in central is no easy task. Scrupulous amounts of hairspray are sprayed on my hair to keep the style in check for the ultimate frizz attacker of the underground to attempt. Naturally once the travel and the cold and the blustery winds arrive my hair resembles the work of a scarecrow upon entering a bar. Not a good look.
Once I had travelled the wintery commute to Covent Garden, I was greeted with warm welcomes from the Blow team and a glass of breakfast orange to refresh those morning blues.
Then it was on downstairs to get down to business…. (cheeky)
Unlike most salons or blow dry bars, this place is well equipped for your party ready needs. Once sat down and suited up, I was given my own ipad to browse the latest blow try trends and pick one to experience.
As an admirer of the Victoria’s secret models beauty, I had to try the big blow dry. Next thing I know I’m placed in the chair and shampooed, conditioned and massaged with hair goodness before having two pairs of hands work their way through my tresses.
15 minutes later and bouncy, tumbling curls coif around my face perfectly and my blow dry is complete.
I have had few blow dry’s in the past including at the favoured Hershesons but this one was one of the best after a salon cut and blow dry. I loved the concept and if I was dining out at one of Covent Gardens finest, Blow would be my first port of call.
The negative: I hate to say this but regrettably the blow dry did not last all day, only a few hours infact but I would stress I have fine hair and rarely does any style last most of the day. On the other hand I would recommend it to anyone who is travelling to London and wants to look gorgeous on their day excursion in the capital or looking to be pampered before an evening out.
If like me and you are far from Covent Garden, I would recommend the following beauty bars for the perfect NYE prep.
East London: UR Cheeky near Liverpool streets offers cocktails and full beauty pampering. The perfect alternative for freezing legs standing in the queue for a club, head down and get salon treatments with a good gossip around your favourites.
North London: My favourite North London gem Angel has just acquired the Blow Bar with cost cutting prices for a Cali style blowout.
South London: Who could be bothered to travel all the way up North to Blow Bar when one has just landed within the heart of Wandsworth.
West London: the Gina Conway salon on Westbourne grove may not do nails but it certainly knows a good head massage. Smell the different oils and relax within the organic surroundings downstairs, away from the chatty salon area. I also hear they are great for wax treatments.
Newcastle: Everytime I visit my northern home, I cant help but stop by and look luxurious with a cut and blow dry from the Y Salon team. If the Geordie blowdry is too much volume, go for the classic waves for a luxe look.
Special thanks to Jessica and Emily at TCS and to the wonderful Blow Ltd team for transforming my mane. To book an appointment head over here.