Blow Hairdressing

Update: Rady has since left Blow but Sebastian and I have been reunited! He has now joined the Blow team and still does a great job with my hair. I even recently let him cut it a bit shorter (not an easy thing for me to do!) and it looks great. Happy to have him back 🙂

I wrote a post about some of the better hair salons in Brussels a little while back. Unfortunately, my favorite hairdresser of late, Sebastian, has left Toni&Guy Schuman. Without him, I’ve found that the salon has really gone downhill. They have a lot of junior staff now and the service just isn’t what it used to be. Toni&Guy have even closed two other salons, the Royal location (near Port de Namur) and the one in Antwerp. Not a good sign…

But luckily for me, the former owners of Toni&Guy have opened a brand new salon – BLOW Hairdressing. It’s tucked away on a quiet street near Merode (just off Rue de Linthout) and has a modern, industrial (yet warm) interior. There are about 15 work stations upstairs, with the hair washing area downstairs. Everything is brand spanking new, including all the ghd hair dryers and the heat lamps that look like they’re from outer space.

I went for highlights and a cut last Saturday, their opening weekend, as I was in desperate need. Frances, the lovely owner with her husband and stylist Russell, greeted me along with Rady who also used to work at Toni&Guy. After a quick chat with Rady for the cut, Kara, a fellow Midwesterner from the US, got started on the color. She of course also used to work at Toni&Guy and I’ve known her for years, so it was great to have her do my highlights again. She really is the best.

One of the best parts of the salon is the washing station, which has amazing reclining chairs that lift you into a horizontal position to get your hair washed. No more bent, cramped neck! Brilliant.

Rady did a great job with the cut and blow-dry after. It was so nice not to be passed between five different people and have quality service from experienced staff. Here’s a picture of me with aluminum foil in my hair under the dryer gizmo and an after shot. Rady went a bit big and glamorous, which was a fun departure from the normal straight blow-dry.

The salon was full of old Toni&Guy clients, mostly expat/anglophone, who seemed to like the slightly more mature vibe (no loud techno blaring) and personal service. The team currently includes Russell, Jef, Rady and Kara, but may expand if business grows. They may also offer additional services like manicures and pedicures in the future. And one additional plus, they’ll even be open two Sundays a month, a rare thing here in Brussels. You can follow the latest news on their Facebook page.

I have definitely found my new favorite hair salon in Brussels!

10 Rue Charles Degroux, 1040 Etterbeek
Tel: +32 2 734 08 00
Open: Tuesday & Wednesday, 11am-7pm, Thursday & Friday, 11am-8pm, Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm, Sunday by appointment (closed Monday)

Images via BLOW Hairdressing.

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28 thoughts on “Blow Hairdressing

  1. Kate says:

    Looks and sounds fab! I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for years now, and his team hasn’t changed much since my first visit. It’s quite a luxury to walk in, sit down and not even have to explain what it is you’re after. 🙂 http://www.bruxelleslabelle.com/?p=140

    • Allison says:

      I’ve just had my hair done there today by Russel and absolutely thrilled with it!!!! Haven’t been to a hairdresser in years in Brussels (go when in the UK or USA) but after reading this post and looking for a change I went and am definitely as of now going to be a regular at Blow 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Sounds interesting but what about their prices?

  3. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I love what Russell was able to do with my hair but the last time I tried to book at Toni&Guy he was gone. (And of course they wouldn’t tell me where he’d gone.) I’m so glad to have found him again!

  4. Meran says:

    Amazing comments that the quality of Toni&Guy has declined since Sebastian left, he acttually let me down 3 times (by the way so have Russell and Rady in the past) by not turning up for work. As for the staff of Toni&Guy they are all professional, pleasant and great hairdressers as are the technicians.

    The only thing I would say for Toni&Guy Schuman is you neeed to make an appointment because they are always busy.

    • I was really disappointed in Toni&Guy. I was a loyal customer for 8 years. I had an appointment with Sebastian two weeks ago which they cancelled, told me they had a replacement, and then cancelled an hour before because the replacement didn’t show up. I’ve come to learn that they actually fired Sebastian, as well as several other senior staff, just to lower costs and have replaced them with junior staff. Yes, Sebastian was a bit flaky but he always did an amazing job. The staff at Toni&Guy is pleasant enough, but not the quality they should be for the brand or price. So I’ve decided to move on…

      • Jeannette says:

        I was a client of Rady’s for years and when he left T&G I started up with Sebastian. I was very surprised to find out he left and also surprised to hear Kara left — she had been there for years also!

        My major disappointment is that neither Rady nor Sebastian contacted me to let me know where to follow… Why not??? As far as I’m concerned I was their client, not T&G’s.

        So glad you posted this!

  5. Lorna says:

    I moved to Brussels a couple of months ago and I didn’t know where to go for a haircut. I am very careful with who I allow to cut my hair. I saw Blow suggested on the Hair Salons post so I made an appointment and went myself last Sunday. I told Rady about the cut I had in mind and I was open to whatever he suggested. I am delighted with the results !!! I highly recommend this place

  6. Anne Marie says:

    A great post, its good to know where to go, I’m moving to Belgium from Ireland next week and maintaining my hair is one of my concerns!

  7. Linda says:

    I’m just concerned that if the former owners of Toni&Guy opened a new salon, who’s saying they’re not gonna make that go downhill too? I also think its unfair to criticize the quality of the service just because one stylist got fired.

    • Toni&Guy used to be good when Frances and Russell ran it. It is since new management took over ( a guy who doesn’t know much about the business) that things have gone downhill. I’m sure you can still get ok service there, it just isn’t for me anymore. Several senior staff were fired, and like I said, the junior staff doesn’t merit the price or brand. I understand getting your hair cut is a very personal thing, so this is just my opinion 🙂

  8. Karin says:

    I went to Blow yesterday for a cut and highlights and I’m so very pleased! Very professional and great result.

  9. Andrea says:

    For everybody who is a Sebastien fan, I just heard that he has also joined the team at BLOW. It seems BLOW is the best place in town for a haircut!

  10. Katarina says:

    I had a haircut couple of weeks ago and I was very pleased. I can higly recommend this place! After so many bad experiences in Brussels at last I found a great place.

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much for the recommendation. I remembered your post when I was unhappy with my cut and needed a new hairdresser. And I LOVED it. Was just what I needed today. And everything was right: the atmosphere was great and I so liked the music.
    You made my day!

  12. meghan says:

    Hi there. I just made an appointment with Sebastian for next wednesday when they have a promotion. 50 euro for a cut! Can’t wait. Thanks for the recommendation.

  13. Jeanine Van Damme says:

    Been so disappointed with all these hairdressers, they cannot cut frizzy hair and I end up with too much being cut off and looking like a lamb! Always the same silly story, your hair is dry, you have to cut it and putting the blame on other hairdressers. I never have this in the UK. I wish they will realise that dry hair will remain dry, no matter how many products you put on it, ok when you leave the salon but a few days later back to normal, not rocket science! So will be glad to try this one and hope they will not try to flog shampoos and conditioners to me!

  14. Gina says:

    I moved to Brussels last year and have been putting off going to a hairdresser here as I know it is hard to find a hairdresser who knows one’s hair well. Now I really need to colour my hair so am tempted to try this after reading your post. I have heard horror stories of hairdressers in Brussels charging for shampoo, conditioner, and even the hair products used on the customers during the service. Is Blow like this as well?
    Thanks!

    • Kara at Blow does great color and I’ve been going to her for years. As far as I know they don’t charge for products used in addition to cost of color or cut. They have a very nice staff and all speak English. Worth a try!

  15. Christina says:

    A great place indeed. I must however warn curly girls against the twist cut- it’s a risky business for curlies as I found out later (you can read here more about it: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/144792-has-anyone-heard-twist-cutting.html).
    This cut definitely did not work for me- created weird layers and added frizz. It gives a very sad look for second day hair- I ended up with tones of products I didn’t use for years. It’s only a pitty that I cannot blame anyone for it cause I agreed with the cut myself without properly googling it in advance 🙂
    My best advice is that you avoid the twist cut- they certainly can achieve the best results with regular techniques so why the risk.

  16. jensnordmeyer says:

    You should once try Esprit Basora in Rue des Minimes 22 on Sablon (www.espritbasora.com) It’s centrally located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building with a very professional team and correct prices (women’s cut from 42€, men 35€). Carlos is a very experienced French hairdesser (haute coiffure), who gives great advise!

  17. Karina says:

    Hi Can anyone recommend someone who does great beach curls blow dry that last the day. I will be in Brussels next month and need my hair done before an event and getting a good blow dry that lasts a day, rather than drop after an hour is hard enough in London. Anyone you can personally recommend at Blow or elsewhere? Thanks!

  18. Marie says:

    Hi! Do you still recommend Blow for haircuts? I’m in desperate need of a great cut and your post makes me want to call this place…but it seems you wrote the post a little while ago. If you have any updates that would be super helpful, thanks!

  19. John says:

    Hi,

    If you’re looking for a range of hairdressers in Brussels that speak english, you can check here : http://lost-in-brussels.com/categories/hairdresser
    Hope this helps a bit 😉

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