What? Blow dry at Snob Salon
Where? Al Wasl Road, right next to Spinneys Umm Suqeim
The Process: A shower on luxe, yet minimal comfortable shower chairs followed by getting my hair blow dried followed by curled with a curling wand. The hair was then clipped to hold it together before letting them loose – a great tactic so the hair doesn’t loosen and drop after a few hours.
Experience: Quite a long experience, but it was still perfect on day two – definitely worth it. Thank god for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar Australia at the salon…
Results: Retro and curls that lasted!
Recommended stylist: Rana
Products used: Schwarzkopf – they also sell Bumble and Bumble at their retail corner.
Price: AED 170
For… A quick blow out.
What? Wash & blow-dry at Dollhouse Salon
Where? Dubai Ladies Club on Beach road
The Process: Got a wash on their minimal style seats with a lovely massage, comfortable enough followed by a blow-dry and got the hair curled with tongs.
Experience: It felt a little stressy as my stylist had a back to back schedule so I felt like it was rushed but I was happy with my final result. They have wifi, which is a plus!
Results: Perfect loose curls, and I even had a net applied to my hair as I needed it for the day after, never knew they existed!
Recommended stylist: Maya
Products used: Redken
For… a classic blow dry.
What? Wash and blow dry at De La Mer Day Spa
Where? De La Mer Day Spa on Beach Road, Dubai.
The Process: Got a hair wash, felt like my hair was over brushed, blow dried, then curled with tongs.
Experience: Great, except for the fact that my hair stylist wanted to criticise my Ombre… I also really liked the reminder emails!
Results: I was worried my hair wouldn’t last as it wasn’t hard curls but lasted a good two days!
Recommended stylist: Rizlan
Products used: They most use L’Oreal and Alterna but they have a few other products from Matrix and Moroccan Oil.
For… Quality Service
What? Ricci Capricci Salon
Where? Conrad Hotel on Sheikh Zayed road
The Process: A hair wash on comfortable shower seats with a massage before getting the hair blow dried and curled with tongs.
Experience: Great, super sweet team. I had no voice that day and they really took care of me.
Refreshments? One of the best coffees!
Results: My hair was curly for the full day and became slightly loose waves on the next day.
Recommended stylist: Bilal
Products used: They use a range of brands from L’Oreal to Kerastase
Price: AED150-200 depending on length
For… a Shopping Mall Hair stop.
What? Nstyle Salon
Where? They have several branches across town but I visited the Mall of Emirates one.
The Process: After a hair wash, my hair was blow dried and curled by strand.
Experience: The salon looks like a normal Arabic hair salon, nothing fancy. The magazines were local rather than international.
Results: My hair was tightly curled, but after an hour turned into beautiful loose curls, which lasted me a good two days.
Recommended stylist: Najla Seghaler
Products used: L’Oreal
Price: Starting from AED100