Patricia Gajo

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  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Born in Toronto, Patricia Gajo followed her heart to Montréal and now covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Her first big gig was as Jet Set editor at EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine. She is Montréal editor at FASHION and style contributor for Global Montréal’s morning show. In 2012, she authored the 22nd edition of Frommer’s Montréal & Québec City, as well as co-authored Frommer’s Far & Wide. She has also penned numerous articles, among them cover stories on Jean Paul Gaultier and Michael Kors for NUVO, and an expertly researched street food column for Morning Calm (Korean Air). To this day, Gajo has never met a poutine she didn’t like.

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    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

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    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30. (Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    There's a new blowout spot in downtown Montreal that opened in May 2013. It's called Le StyleBar and it's right at 1420 rue Drummond. Cost starts at $30. I haven't tried it yet, but you know I will soon.

    Finally, there is Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you - and her blowouts with curls last a good solid five days. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.

    *Updated April 29, 2013. 
    Baristas has closed. 
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    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/


    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30. (Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know a lady, however, Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina, who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you - and her blowouts with curls last a good solid five days. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.
  • On April 6, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/


    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30.(Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know a lady, Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina, who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.
  • On April 6, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/


    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30.(Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know a lady, Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina, who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.
  • On April 6, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/

    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30.(Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know a lady, Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina, who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.
  • On April 6, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/
    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30.(Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.) Click here to see the video of my Bleu experience. 

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know a lady, Shaina Schwartz from Styles by Shaina, who does house calls. She's very busy, but if you can get an appointment, she'll come to you. Cost is $35 to $40. You can find her at (514) 775-8008.
  • On April 6, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best restaurants in Montreal?

    Oysters at Le Filet. Photo by Patricia Gajo
    I have a personal rotating restaurant list that I frequent over and over again, that is, when I’m not busy testing out other restaurants for work. There are a solid five that I always go back to – each one depending on my mood.

    When my fiancé and I need a little tête-à-tête, we head to Le Club Chasse & Pêche in Old Montreal. It has low ceilings, a handsome décor, contemporary French cuisine and a savvy sommelier. After dinner and dessert, if we feel like taking a stroll, picturesque, rue Saint-Paul is just a cobblestoned block away.

    When it’s time to catch up with friends, we all like gathering at Le Filet, which is run – no coincidence – by the same minds behind Chasse & Pêche. The seafood-focused menu is offered in tapas-size plates, perfect for sharing. Four words to remember: cavatelli with foie gras. In summer, the patio is the best spot in the city for late-night gossiping under the stars.

    When there’s an anniversary or life achievement to fete, after Milos, I now turn to Maison Boulud. There’s something regal about its address in the historic Hotel Ritz Carlton – and, oh yes, the fact that celebrity chef Daniel Boulud is at the helm – that give weight to any milestone occasion.

    When I don’t feel like cooking during the week, I like the laidback attitude, attentive service and dependably satisfying but reasonably priced menu at Le Comptoir.

    When I get a pasta craving, I head to Little Italy’s Hostaria. The owner’s sons, Massimo and Fabrizio, didn’t fall far from the tree. They run La Bottega just across the street, which serves quite likely the best pizza in the city.
  • On April 1, 2013
    Patricia Gajo posted:

    I am sad to check-out of Hotel Place d'Armes today, but am on my way to discover some other Montreal gems: InterContinental, Loews Vogue, Omni and Ritz-Carlton. Follow me here and on Twitter to get all my updates.

  • On March 31, 2013
    Patricia Gajo answered the question: Patricia Gajo

    What are the best places to get a hair blowout in Montreal?

    Photo still from Tourisme Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/what-to-do/going-out-and-about-get-dolled-up-at-bleu-blow-dry-and-rouge-nail-bar/
    I am Queen of Hair Blowouts. I go just about every week to get my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and styled (if you had as much hair as I do you would too) and I’ve found two places that do great hair and charge reasonable prices, much less than you might pay at your average salon.

    First is Bleu Blow Dry Bar. They’re a little uptown in Mile End (about a $10 cab ride from downtown), but if you’re heading out in that hipster direction for dinner or drinks, it would definitely be a great option. They have a cute little photo catalog of styles to choose from. Personally, I like the “Carrie.” Cost is $30.(Adjacent to Bleu is Rouge Nail Bar, so why not get a manicure while you’re at it.)

    If you happen to be in the Westmount area, there’s Barista. I think they’re closed on Mondays (since I’ve never been able to get through to them via phone on this day) and I don’t think they check the email address on their website, but if you get there, the staff know what they’re doing and you will emerge like a Victoria’s Secret model – at least your tresses will. Cost is $35. If you don’t get a wash and all you need is a bit of primping, cost is $20.

    I’m still on the lookout for a go-to spot downtown, but when I find it I’ll be sure to let you know.