Meet Astoria: Gina Almona, The Hairdresser Who Cares

Photos Chris Pizzolo Photos Chris Pizzolo Tucked into the middle of the booming “Lower Steinway” area is a beauty shop that is steeped in tradition – Blo It Out is the cozy salon that is now a staple for Astoria natives and newcomers alike. With decades of experience under their belt, Blo It Out is led by fearless owner, Gina Almona.

Gina grew up in the beauty industry. Her mother was a talented hairdresser whom she watched alongside, examining and discovering both classic technique and the personal touch. Gina joined her mother at Linda and Gina’s Salon, which enabled her to develop her own unique style. Over the years, she has attended conferences and always offers the most updated techniques as part of her services. This November marks the four-year anniversary of the sensational salon, Blo It Out.

With over 20 years of professional experience in the beauty industry, Gina has come to understand the real secret to success in her industry, “listening to and understanding my client’s needs.” Gina takes pride in knowing that she can truly make a difference in people’s lives, and now she can do so through her own establishment, Blo It Out. (23-21 Steinway Street, 718-685-2560)— Chris Pizzolo

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