Haircut and colour
Another bizarre Dubai gimmick has landed in the form of JetSet, a hair salon in the elegant Grosvenor House that sports the USP of an aviation theme. It’s ‘inspired by the flawless grooming of the aviation industry in the ’30s’, apparently. Whatever: tenuous excuses aside, we can’t help but be tickled by the sight of hairdressers (male and female) decked out in flight crew uniforms, a completely pointless but amusingly silly touch to the salon experience. The theme extends to clever use of space, too – all lotions, potions and hair sculpting paraphernalia are packed neatly away in storage compartments, akin to those you find at the back of an aircraft.

Still, you don’t go to a hair salon to laugh at the costumes and admire interior design. What lies beyond the gimmickry, then? Good service and what might well be a psychic knack for hair colour, as it happens. I don’t even see a colour chart, but somehow I end up with the perfect ‘deep fig’ shade that I was looking for. Pleasingly, the hairdresser pays heed to my pleas for ‘just a trim’, resisting that sadistic hairdresser urge to chop off a good four inches more than you were hoping for. And a soothing head massage makes the business of having my hair washed even more relaxing (apart from one weird moment when the lady puts her fingers in my ears. Now that’s what we call thorough).

It may not be first class, and at Dhs375 for a full colour it’s not quite economy either, but JetSet does give you a smooth, turbulence-free ride to your final destination.
JetSet, Grosvenor House, level 4 (04 399 5005) and Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0177). Open daily 9am-10pm. Cuts from Dhs125 and colours from Dhs250. There are also other washing, styling and treatment options.