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Great hair/makeup is more than the sum of its parts. “All of the key milestones of a woman’s life start with hair, makeup, and champagne,” says Leigh Dole, founder of BLOW BAR CO in Australia. “I wanted to create a space that recognised and celebrated these special moments.”
But the secret to BLOW BAR’s success is layering on that luxurious feel—think bubbly wine and cheese plates—while building a wellness brand where every woman feels welcome. Here’s what Leigh has to say about it.
BLOW BAR CO is Australia’s original blow dry bar—where hospitality meets fashion. No cuts or colours, we’re all about hair styling and makeup in a chic New York bar (yes, you can enjoy a glass of bubbles or cheese plate while getting your hair and makeup done!)
The concept came about as at the time, over seven years ago, I was a little lost in life. I was going in and out of the industry (I’d been in beauty and fashion since the ripe age of 13!) I was trialling new things, and various setbacks and challenges in varying industries brought me back to my two true passions—fashion/beauty and hospitality.
All of the key milestones of a woman’s life start with hair, makeup, and champagne, and I wanted to create a space that recognised and celebrated these special moments under one roof. This, coupled with my desire to help women look good and feel good, led to the launch of BLOW BAR CO.
With venues now open in Bronte, Balmain, and Coogee (and others to open shortly!), BLOW BAR CO is more than a salon, it’s a female sanctuary for women; it’s a home away from home for women to have fun and feel beautiful, confident, and empowered.
BLOW BAR CO is the home of affordable beauty. We want beauty to be accessible, and most importantly, we want Australian women to look and feel beautiful, ALWAYS.
They can expect to be blown away...!
Our team of experienced hairstylists and makeup artists will complete a personalised one-on-one consultation with our clients to ensure we're creating the look they are wanting. Or if you’re looking for some inspiration along the away, our creative team can, of course, assist.
Behind the scenes, you’ll find me rocking high vis! We’re currently working around the clock as we’re finalising an exciting new store launch in Sydney.
And later this year, we’re expanding outside NSW as we’re heading south and entering the Victorian market (and QLD & SA won’t be far behind!)
Self-care is incredibly important to me. I’m up at 4 am each morning—it’s my hour of power to complete emails, emails, and more emails with no distractions!
From 5-6 am I (brisk!) walk the pooch straight to coffee shop—it’s the one-hour no phone rule! It’s so important to have this time each morning where I can establish what I need to focus on in the day whilst enjoying some time to myself!
After many years in the industry, I’ve learned that if you don’t make time (and that means putting it in the diary!), then it just won’t happen! So always make sure you’re accountable for putting it in your daily schedule!
To me, it means looking and feeling good!
Wellness comes from within, and the important first step is to help yourself—make sure you have time to reflect and manifest on the things you have achieved and what you want to achieve, ensuring positive reinforcement to yourself and your outlook on life.
Wanna try it for yourself? Book a blowout or makeover now!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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