Sick of wrestling with unruly locks? We’ve scoured the city for the best blow-dries
5/5 Best for: hair care novices As far as hair treatments go, this renowned salon offers the Rolls Royce of blow-dries. The place is supremely popular and getting an appointment can be tough – there’s often a waiting list. But once you secure a spot, you’ll be treated to a luxe hair detox mask and soothing head massage before the stylist turns on the dryer. The process is interspersed with useful tips (‘Brush hair up from the roots to give fantastic lift’), and ours finished with a custom session with the straightening irons, during which Maria showed us how to recreate the look at home. Al Mina Road, Satwa, near Capitol Hotel (04 345 4225). Wash and blow-dry from Dhs140. Hair detox treatment from Dhs150.
4/5 Best for: limp locks If you suffer from lifeless hair, get yourself down to Ted Morgan, where the friendly stylists will inject some serious va-va-voom into your barnet. While you’re there, you’ll also get one of the best head massages in Dubai (ask for Trudi, who has magic hands), a big mug of tea or coffee and a pile of mags, all making for a rather nice way to spend an hour. Be sure you’re going somewhere glam to show off your new gravity-defying do (we wanted to don a ball gown, some serious eyeliner and rock it Audrey Hepburn-style when we left the Palm Jumeirah salon). It’s great for a special occasion, and our hair stayed silky-smooth for days. Al Nafura Clubhouse, Shoreline Apartments One, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 8190). Wash and blow-dry Dhs125 (short), Dhs150 (long); curly blow-dry Dhs200.
3/5 Best for: a glam look Patsi must put something in the water – all the stylists at her salon are as chirpy and chatty as the lady herself. Settle in for a good old gossip after a relaxing hair wash, which comes complete with an intensive head massage. After a quick consultation, the stylist sets to work with the magic of a round brush and hair dryer, managing to make hair do things we thought were impossible, including flick, whoosh and sweep. You’ll pick up plenty of tips along the way and, while the resulting ’dos are more glam than edgy, they still look great (we guarantee you’ll walk out of the salon bouncing, shining, flicking and whooshing). Our style had calmed a little by the following day, but it still had more shape and bounce than we’d ever been able to create on our own. RAK building, Garhoud (04 286 9923; www.dubaibeautysalon.com). Other location: Green Community (04 813 5333). Wash and blow-dry Dhs80 (short), Dhs100 (long).
4/5 Best for: a quick getaway You can’t fault JetSet for decor. This cute aviation-themed salon is nothing if not spunky, with stylists all dressed in 1930s air-hostess uniforms – they’re so friendly and accommodating, we can’t help but wish all airlines would treat us this way. The blow-dry kicks off with a relaxing head massage that’s soothing enough to make you forget the world outside. Best of all, we were in and out in less than half an hour (and that includes the wash). As we left, we couldn’t help noticing how well the staff customise each blow dry to suit each individual customer. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 5005). Other location: Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0177). Wash and blow-dry from Dhs105.
Jens Hair Studio
5/5 Best for: shimmer and shine Those suffering from brittle, straw-like locks would do well to check out this salon. In less than 30 minutes, we found our unruly hair polished into something sleek and silken. The overall experience is fast, furious and effective – after a shampoo and rather vigorous (yet strangely soothing) head massage, our tresses were blasted with a hairdryer, then yanked into submission by a brush the size of a steamroller. ‘Volume’ is a word we shudder to use around hair stylists, but despite initial fears of a Dolly Parton-esque bouffant, we left looking silkily polished. White Crown (KFC) building, just past the Fairmont hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1425). Wash and blow-dry from Dhs120.
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Christine Apr 16, 2012 08:20 am
I did not ask for Trudi at Ted Morgan so I can't comment on her work but I got another stylist and I was disappointed. I asked for a scrunch blow dry as I have curly hair and simply wanted to add volume and get bigger hair. Instead I got limp, watered down hair - the stylist scrunched it and then said she wanted to use tongs to change up the curls a little bit - and that took the volume out of my hair completely. I am certainly not going back there again - this is the salon in Palm Jumeirah by the way
Maral Artinian Mar 04, 2012 07:07 am
I have been living in dubai for the past 8 years and believe me to find a good hair saloon is very challenging.
Last week i was recommended to try Loft Fifth Avenue and i can say finally i found the right place. From the time i arrived to the salon i can feel that they are very professional and in terms of hair treatment i was very satisfied i can say it is one of the best places i have been in Dubai and lucky that i found it...
Amy Feb 20, 2011 02:27 pm
I went to Loft Fifth Avenue the other day for a haircut. Nothing complex just a trim and I wanted new bangs. I took an appointment with their best stylist, Adrianna. If she was their best then I cant think how back the remaining crew is. I dont want to badger the whole staff at Loft but I was extremely disappointed with with my haircut. She noticed some dry scalp after my wash and rather than offering some good advice she started poking my hair as if it was infested, if you dont want to cut my hair just tell me. There was no need to charge me 200 Dhs and give me bangs that look like a mushroom top unless flat ironed.
Anyways I am never going back and none of my friends are either. I dont know who might read this review but if you are planning on getting a haircut at Loft Fifth Ave in Dubai Mall, please dont. I hope this is helpful to atleast one person out there.
Anyways, its just hair and i know it will grow back but my best friend is getting married this Sat and I am her maid of honor, anyways.
Charlotte Mar 02, 2010 11:31 am
I had my hair color done at Loft Fifth Avenue in Dubai Mall and it was the best color I have ever had. They gave me the nicest service after being to so many Salons that never listens to you... Check it out!!!
Francesca Krishnan Feb 18, 2010 07:30 am
Check out the Dream Ladies Beauty Parlour in Al Dhiyafah Street, Satwa *Yasmine Textiles Building" which has been operational since 1988 at the same venue with very long standing employees as well, some who have been there since its inception.