Blo Blow Dry Bar Tampa

Over the weekend I was invited to visit the new Blo Blow Dry Bar’s Body. by Blo location in Tampa to tour their facilities and try one of the many services offered at the salon. Ironically, I had my first blowout ever last month in San Francisco and loved it! I was hoping something similar would open up in Tampa and to my delight, I found out about one a couple weeks after returning!

Tampa’s salon which opened just under a month ago is the franchise’s 44th location offering blowouts and styling, and 3rd Body. by Blo location offering extended services (hair + manis/pedis, waxing, and makeup tentatively this fall). Read about my experience below!

The first thing I noticed when walking around the salon was the chic decor and neutral colors with pink accents, which I absolutely loved! Who knew I’d be getting design inspiration for home looks when visiting a salon?!

Blo Tampa uses Unite hair products from start to finish (shampoo/conditioner and styling), which are shipped over from the UK. Of course every salon is going to say great things about the hair products being used there, but I can’t even begin to explain how amazing my hair looked/felt after having the variety of product used. Once I empty out my supply of hair products at home (or at least dwindle it down), I’m definitely going to purchase some of it!

The mani/pedi area of Blo Tampa looked so cute! The pedicure area reminded me of something out of a LA/Hollywood salon from the magazine pictures and TV shows I’ve seen celebs in. I like that this location offers you the ability to get your hair and nails done, all in one place. Gel manicures are done here too, so I know where I’m going next time for a day of beauty!

Style books are available to flip through to figure out what kind of hair styling you want (simple blowout is totally fine too). I opted for the wavy beachy look because (as I told my stylist) my hair is terrible at curling and never lasts. My fabulous stylist accepted the challenge and said she’d get it to curl/wave and hold for later in the evening when I was heading to a concert…

.. and it did! About 7 hours later when we arrived at the Ampitheater (for an outdoor concert) it still had some curl to it! The picture below is the initial picture taken after styling but if you’d like to see what it looked like later on, head over to Instagram and check it out.

I learned some helpful curling tips while getting my hair styled as well (which many of you may have known already) – after curling don’t let it fall completely, hold it and crinkle the piece in your hand to have the curl hold better since it will have a mind of it’s own until cooled. Definitely going to try that technique myself next time I attempt curling.

With my fab hair stylist!

With a prime location across from International Mall (in the plaza next to Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Blo Tampa is open 7 days a week and a place I’ll definitely be revisiting in the future (possible girl’s day out in preparation for girl’s night out)?!

You can book an appointment and/or check out the full selection and pricing of Blo Tampa’s services here.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary blowout + styling for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


  1. August 22, 2014 / 11:28 AM

    thanks for the curling tip! I didn't know they would do lots of styles, thought just blow-outs. Good to know for Homecoming season coming up!!

  2. August 23, 2014 / 10:19 PM

    Thanks for such a nice post, Rachel! It was great meeting you and we hope to see you again soon! xo, Cynthia