An established hair salon in Wafi’s Pyramids, Hair @ Pyramids has recently expanded its team, gaining two UK-trained stylists. The relaxed, intimate salon offers a wide range of treatments and colours from the Wella range, as well as cuts, blow-dries and much more.
Opting for a full head of permanent low-lights, two shades lighter than my current colour, I’m told that by sticking to a more natural tone I won’t be left with unsightly roots as my hair grows. Instead, the low-lights will add dimension and life to my locks, which were last coloured about three months ago with a home dye kit, and are currently looking relatively dull.
Step by step
I arrive at the salon with chlorine in my hair from an afternoon by the pool, so I’m first whisked off to a sink to have my hair washed, before returning to my chair and stylist, Kristy. As I’ve previously had my hair coloured, Kristy suggests we apply bleach first to lightly strip any remaining colour for the best possible results with my new shade. Not being particularly precious about my hair, I readily agree. She begins dividing up my hair into sections and layering two different shades of low-lights into foils. She seems a dab hand at the method, and it’s not long at all before all the foils are in (a process that in many salons has been known to take up to 45 minutes) and I’m left to flick through magazines for 20 minutes. Once the foils are rinsed out, a toner is then applied to lift the colour from an ashy tone to a warmer shade.
• The stylists here are confident and easy to communicate with. • You feel like you’re in safe hands, and though they get the job done in very good time, you don’t get the impression they’re rushing to get you out of the door. • Though subtle, the colour lasts and doesn’t fade with the first few washes.
• There’s no relaxing head massage when the conditioner is applied. • The shade is a little more subtle than I’d like, but that’s probably more my fault for not asking for a brighter shade.
Of the two different shades of low-light, it’s the lighter, more coppery tones that really stand out. To my eye, it’s hard to tell the difference between my starting colour and the second shade low-light, which was only one shade lighter on the chart. After a few days, however, the tone grows on me, and I’m pleased to notice that overall the tone of hair is much warmer than my natural ash brown, which can sometimes look grey and mousy.
Formul’A Academy, a French hairdressing academy, is a great place for reasonable, reliable colour. Highlights start at Dhs100 with a student or Dhs200 with one of the trainers. Knowledge Village (04 438 0122)
Mariadowling is home to a number of professional stylists, and we love their attention to detail. Full head of highlights from Dhs500. Satwa (04 345 4225)
Pastels does consistently good colouring, with tints from Dhs250 and a full head of highlights from Dhs500. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 5016)