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Where is the Cheapest Blow Dry in Melbourne?

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 26th 2014
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You see someone with beautifully blow waved hair. Perhaps you are walking behind them in the street.

Their hair is glossy and bouncy. They walk tall because they feel well groomed and in control.

For girls in particular having a head of beautifully blow waved hair means you feel like you can conquer anything. Whether that be the work week ahead, a string of social engagements or that special date. You just feel great.

But unless you can do it yourself then it is an awfully expensive undertaking.

Perhaps I am just lazy or untrained but I have incredibly bountiful and unruly locks and I just can't seem to do it myself. It takes forever and I feel as if my arms are falling off with the strain.

So I am always on the lookout for hairdressers that do cheap blow waves so I can get it done semi- regularly.

One of the reasons I am writing this piece is perhaps you might have some such hairdressers to suggest to the rest of us blow-wave challenged people.

The usual price of a blow wave, when I pop in and ask for prices is usually at least $50. I have shoulder length hair. Although I believe many charge $60 or even $65.

That is a lot to be spending on grooming every time you want to look and feel good.

The Blow Dry Bar does it for $40, and they say they can do a wash and dry of medium length hair in 30 minutes so you can squeeze it into your lunch break. For information click here.

But I have a $20 max.



The one I often go to in Box Hill, see photo below is $20. But I always wash my hair at home beforehand and go in with slightly damp hair. If you ever see steam coming from that salon that's me getting my hair blow-waved.



They are quick and efficient as well as cheap. For more details click here.

I also love going to the Box Hill (TAFE) Aveda Institute on the corner of Elgar and Whitehorse Roads where there is a hairdressing training college.

They use beautiful Aveda products on your hair that smell divine.

Usually the students go all out to give you an excellent, stand-out blow wave.

The only thing is that you are likely to be there for an 1 1/2 hours as they have to get everything checked by their teachers.

Another reason, I suspect, why they go to great pains to make sure you look good. (They also do waxing, make-up massages and have a range of other services.) For a price list click here.

Source: Bhtafe


Parking however is a problem unless you walk down from Centro. Plus sometimes their phones are not manned so it can be a bit of a process making an appointment. They do ring you back if you leave a message but sometimes tomorrow is not what you want today. The phone number is 92869525.

The cost of a wash and blow wave there is really cheap. Last time I went it was $8 for short hair and $12 for long hair. Seniors' prices were as low as$6.

I also like the BIBA training college which is in Swanston Street opposite RMIT. A lot of students go there and it is quite trendy. I usually go there for colours but I believe their blow drys are about $20. There is often a board outside with walk in specials that are much lower than this.

Most days, except for Fridays, you can just walk in off the street without booking.

BIBA- VIOLETTA COLOUR EDUCATOR is a busy Friday and one of the great teachers there fills in and does the blow wave
Violetta the colour educator helping out and doing a client's blow wave on a busy Friday. I love the way they all chip in here.


Same deal set as Box Hill, they do take the time and concern over your appearance and you walk out on top of the world.

Similarly they have a training college in Johnston Street, Fitzroy that I have written about in more detail here.

For address details click here.

Just Cuts, who are everywhere, do blow waves for $30 depending on the length and texture of your hair.

They also do something, they call a Dry Off. This is an express service, unique to Just Cuts™ designed to remove excess moisture from the hair.

It takes just 3 or 4 minutes and includes the use of complimentary styling products. Apparently this service costs $6.

Has anyone out there used this service and was it successful in lifting your mood and appearance for the day?

For salon details click here.

Also worth noting, is that a lot of apprentices advertise on Gumtree looking for models they can practice on at their salons. This is often a free service Click here They are fully supervised.

So while we all can't be Kate Middleton we can certainly get her bouncy hair and all the confidence that goes with being well groomed.



Has anyone out there found cheaper blow waves than the one's I've listed above? If so where? The frugally minded and bouffant haired amongst us are dying to know.
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I have super long blonde hair and I get a cut, wash and blow wave for $11!!!! at the Melbourne College of Hair and Beauty just over the road from Flinders St. Station. Bargain. Last time the student blow waved my hair soooo nicely I was swinging my head all week with confidence all for $11!!!! Bargain. I like pivot point too which was cut/wash/blow wave/product/shine spray for $15 but as of 1/8/14 their price went up to $25.00 - still worth it though :-)
by hotrx (score: 1|39) 1691 days ago
I didn't even know you could get haircuts at a tafe, and I live right near the box hill one! Awesome!
by Mallory (score: 2|474) 1691 days ago
Love this!!!! I have recently moved from Perth to Melbourne and have been trying to source a more affordable blow wave. And best of all I live very close to Box Hill!
Thank you :)
by nita_ (score: 0|8) 1694 days ago
Almost all Apprentices need models to perfect there skills. We run training on Thursday nights at Shikarnya Hair Salon in Knoxfield (3180). Otherwise we offer discounted prices with our junior staff members throughout the week. If anyone is interested call un on- 0397636125 or go to our website- shikarnya.com.au
by Shika (score: 0|5) 1679 days ago
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