Press & Accolades

Salon Of The Year Winner

2011

Blo takes top honors in the 2011 Salon Of The Year competition according to respected industry icons and Salon Today Magazine. Blo is first and only North Carolina salon to win this prestigious award.

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Redken Elite Rising Star Winner

2010

Blo walks away with hardware for the second straight Redken Symposium by winning the Rising Star Award. One of the coveted Redken Elite Salon Of The Year Awards.

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INDY Week's Best in Raleigh

2016

The readers of INDY Week have cast their votes and Blo has come out on top for the 8th straight year.

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Elle's Top 100 Salons In America

2010

Elle Magazine, a trusted resource for today's fashion forward woman, has recently named Blo among the Top 100 U.S. Salons.

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Global Salon Business Award Winner

2008

Blo Is awarded the prestigious Global Salon Business Award by the PBA and UCLA's Anderson School Of Business.

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Redken Elite Salon of the Year

2008

Blo wins one of three coveted Redken Elite Salon Of The Year Awards at this year's Redken Symposium.

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Kudos: Pat Parenty

"Over the course of my 30 year career in the Professional Beauty Industry I've had the great honor to meet many of the countries top salon owners. I must say one of the most impressive salons I've been lucky enough to work with and know is Blo, and it’s owner Bryan Nunes. Bryan is a true visionary who with the help of his team has created a salon culture that celebrates the salon stylist and client relationship, encourages professional and personal growth and provides the very best experience for both his employees and his guests. I have great respect for Bryan's vision, leadership, creativity and business skills. He seems to always be just ahead of the creative curve in all aspects of his business." - PAT PARENTY - President L’Oreal Professional Products Division. 

Best Employer in NC

2013

Business NC Magazine recognizes Blo as one of the best employers in North Carolina

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Blo Founder Lands Cover

2014

SALON TODAY has recognized Blo for it's innovative marketing ideas for many years. However, this year they put our owner on the cover for his uniquely innovative website that has changed that has raised the bar in an ever changing landscape of digital marketing. "“We were right in choosing this as a unique cover story,” Stacey Soble of SALON TODAY says. “I’ve had several comments from readers who’ve seen the article, visited Blo’s site, checked it out and told me it’s like nothing they’ve ever seen before.”

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TBJ's 35 Best Places to Work

2016

Blo has been named one 35 Best Places To Work for the 5th by the Triangle Business Journal. “Employees are a company’s most valuable asset. These 35 companies have worked hard to ensure their teams cherish the workplace culture and ultimately become their biggest champions.” - Bryan Hamilton / Publisher

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Precious Metals

2011

"The Blo Design Team veered to the unexpected when they used the hard look of metal to offset the softness and shine of perfectly coiffed hair." - MODERN SALON

Blo's Culture Featured

2012

To help us explore our different salon scenarios, we assembled a board of six salon management experts who came armed with their own stories of drama and their strategies for dealing with them. - SALON TODAY

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Insights from 7 Top Salon Owners

2010

"But, it's the salon's more creative benefits that really set Blo apart as a desirable employer both in and out of the industry." - SALON TODAY

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Mine Your Inventory

2011

We’ve rounded up owners and experts who have created successful inventory systems and answered our questions about best methods and tools. - SALON TODAY

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Look And Learn

2012

When Blo in Raleigh, North Carolina captured the SALONS OF THE YEAR award in 2011 as well as SALON TODAY’s June cover, Toni&Guy graciously stepped forward and offered the salon a complimentary in-salon education class as a congratulatory gift. - SALON TODAY

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Silver Linings Walkouts

2013

Keeping a salon profitable, let alone thriving and growing, can be a challenge in the best of times. When faced with a disastrous economy and employees who represent millions of dollars walking out the door, it can feel impossible. But according to these three owners— it’s not impossible—it’s just another obstacle to overcome, - SALON TODAY

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Fostering Your Future

2012

Begin by defining your company’s cultural values and identifying the traits and skills of your ideal employee. Now, work backwards.

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2014 NAHA Winner

2014

It's true what they say... "Third time's a charm!" Blo finally takes home the "Oscar" of hairdressing at the 2014 NAHA's in Las Vegas.

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Milady Pro Wants To Know

2014

We got a chance to sit down with 2014 North American Hairstyling Award winner (Salon MBA) Blo to ask them about their business and their culture. Learn their secrets to success...!

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Kudos: Ann Mincey

"For two consecutive years, the REDKEN production crew and I were privileged to step through the doors of BLO to deliver good news. The staff and leadership were named a REDKEN ELITE Salon of the Year for greatest increase in sales and most innovative marketing practices. Again, I was witness to BLO receiving the Global Salon Business Award at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. To achieve this level of recognition requires beautiful people dedicated to making people beautiful, every single day. To maintain this level of service requires on-going intention, planning and training. Bryan Nunes and his entire team hold steady to their vision and would perform at a high level even if no one was watching. This is the sign of true professionalism." - Ann Mincey - Vice President Global Communications (Retired) REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC

Kudos: Stacey Soble

“SALON TODAY hosts a number of highly-acclaimed, national salon competitions—in décor, marketing, and business leadership—and I’m never surprised to find Blo scoring top marks year after year. Bryan Nunes and his team always seem to be pushing the envelope in a number of different areas, and we’re always eager to hear what they’re doing next.” Stacey Soble - Editor in Chief, SALON TODAY

Kudos: Chris Baran

“Why should clients visit Blo? Why should stylists want to work at Blo?…Informed stylists, motivated team spirit, phenomenal educational program and superior customer service. Nuff said!” - Chris Baran, Redken Artistic Director, Fuel Education Systems, Founder, President

Kudos: Gavin Salsbery

"As a leading business consultant for Summit Salon Business Center I have traveled coast to coast serving top tier salons and supporting them with their business. Blo in Raleigh, N.C. stands head and shoulders above the industry in respect to training elite stylists...  The Blossom training program as well as it's ongoing company education is by far one of the most innovative and purpose driven training programs in the USA.  This training regimen leads to a company culture that produces exceptional stylists and most importantly just great human beings. The Blo team exudes a purpose driven culture and is a reflection of its important core values and leadership." Gavin Salsbery - Team Leader, Consultant Summit Salons Business Group. LLC

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Kudos: Geno Stampora

“As an educator, you learn early on what beauty professionals invest in their craft.  For nearing two decades Bryan Nunes and his team at Blo have been in the front row of many educational events. Blo is one of those rare salons that has totally earned the right to be considered amongst the brightest stars and best salons in America. Not only filled with talent but also an unwavering commitment to customer excellence.  This I know. " Geno Stampora - Educator, NAHA Hall of Leaders Award Recipient

Featured in American Salon

American Salon Editor-In-Chief Kelley Donahue recently approached owner Bryan Nunes to write an editorial piece about what he felt has been the key aspects to Blo's unusual success in the beauty interest. She was particularly interested learning more about Blo's philosophy toward growing people. Click "Online Article" and refer to page 96 to read what Bryan had to say.

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Blo Inspires Ukraine

2014

Scissors, an industry magazine in the Ukraine, was so inspired by our recent NAHA win that they featured us in a two-page centerfold of their September issue.

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Modern Salon: Blown Away

2010

Blo's design team collaborated to create the "Blown Away" collection for Modern Salon Magazine using their model's existing extensions, pins and multiple Marcel iron techniques. Remarkably, the broad range of looks in this collection were achieved with no haircutting.

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Top 200 Salons in North America

2016

Blo named in SALON TODAY'S Top 200 Salons in America for 11th straight year. Blo was honored in ten of the eleven categories. Growth, Salon Culture, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Recruitment & Training, Retail & Merchandising, Inventory Management, Philanthropy, Technology, Planned Profitability.

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Our Owner Is A Cover Boy

When it comes to salon branding or marketing, Bryan Nunes, who owns Blo in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a bit of a rebel, comfortable pushing the envelope, raising an eyebrow here and there and asking, ‘Why not?’ - SALON TODAY

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