When Angela Hall opened Blo Victoria, the first Blo Blow Dry Bar location on Vancouver Island, she was taking a big leap into the unknown. But being able to connect with her community and help them look and feel their best has made it all worthwhile.
After 15 years working as a real estate agent and two years working from home during the pandemic, Angela wanted to “hustle [her] career entirely.
She had always loved hair care, as well as the convenience of getting squirted at hair bars on the trip, rather than having to pack all her tools and hair products.
“Once my husband, who is bald, asked me if the salon I was going to really only did hair. He thought that was a great idea and asked if Victoria had anything like that. ‘There is a business opportunity for you!’ he joked.
But Angela started taking the joke more seriously after her husband met one of the original founders of Blo (which opened in Vancouver in 2007 and now has franchises in Canada, the United States and the Philippines). ). She decided to contact them to open a franchise in Victoria.
“I love how I feel when my hair is at its best – you have an extra pep in your step. I wanted to share that feeling with the women of Victoria.
While the thought of quitting a longtime job she loved and becoming a freelance business owner seemed terrifying at first, Angela says facing her fears has paid off.
“I may have major impostor syndrome and doubt my own abilities, but my best friend gave me a big, resounding ‘DO IT!'”
So, with the support of Blo’s corporate team, she opened the doors to her space at The Bay Center in February 2022.
Angela has since found her groove by “reminding myself that I can do it, [taking things] one day at a time, and not being overwhelmed when things don’t go to plan…I kept telling myself to trust the process and put one foot in front of the other.
She also points out that she couldn’t do it without her talented team. “[They have] been amazing for cultivating a feel-good vibe in the bar… It’s empowering to be around women who support women and want them to feel good inside and out.
Angela moved to Victoria from the top of the island when she was 14, and aside from brief stints in Vancouver and Montreal, she’s been there ever since. So it’s no surprise that what she loves most about working at Blo is the relationships she and her team have already built with their community.
“We have been told many times that Blo has become the escape for our everyday customers. We had a belly laugh with our customers and also shed a few tears. Giving back to the community has also been an unexpected joy, and I plan to continue our philanthropic efforts.
Asked about her essential ingredients for a good hair day, Angela replied, “I love the main line we carry in the bar called Unite. Their products smell so good!”
Sleeping on a satin pillowcase and using a good dry shampoo are also key to making a blowout last all week, she added.
“And of course, book at Blo for all that!”
Outside of work, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband, two children (ages 10 and 13) and two dogs, and having regular happy hours with her girlfriends.
“I love when the people I care about are happy,” she says, and it’s clear that with Blo Victoria she’s created a space where happiness and good hair days can be found in abundance.
The 7 sins
What shoes would you like to walk in?
I’m not terribly jealous, but I think it would be fun to spend a week as Sophia Loren in the 1960s. Her charisma, confidence, and appeal would be fun to experience.
What is one food you might eat over and over again?
I love a good fries. And thanks to where we live, I love fresh seafood. Shrimps, salmon, tuna, oysters, etc.
You are given $1 million to spend selfishly. What would you spend it on?
Travel. I enjoy everything from researching the destination, to booking flights and accommodation, to enjoying the trip. New cultures, new languages, new cuisine, yes to everything.
The black beasts?
Rude and mean people, especially to anyone working in the service and hospitality industry. Use your manners, tip well, and be a decent human being. (Also, stirring in the new peanut butter.)
Where would you spend a long time doing nothing?
My bed. There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning to crisp, fresh white bedding with coffee and the sun pouring into my bedroom.
What is the one thing you are secretly proud of?
I have a very good memory. I always remember birthdays, and I could probably tell you what you wore on yours 10 years ago. And I’m great at music bingo, especially in the 60s and 70s categories.
What makes your heart beat faster?
Nothing beats a good date. Good wine, a good meal with good conversation and eye contact by candlelight.
Story reprinted with kind permission from Boulevard Magazine, a publication of Black Press Media
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