We try Al Wasl Road spa's semi-permanent colouring
The spa Thai Privilege Spa does more than just body treatments. A small but dedicated hair salon offers a luxurious experience, complete with an amazing massage chair that dekinks your back while your hair is washed.
The promise The spa now offers Finest Pigments by Davines, a semi-permanent colour that uses up to 98 per cent natural ingredients. There are 14 shades and one gloss to choose from, from subtle tones and highlights to deeper reds, purples and browns.
Step by step I head to the spa straight from the gym, so I’ve already washed my hair, but normally the salon will do this, using super-conditioning Davines products before applying the dye. I opt for a deep red colour, but I’m a little sceptical about the dyeing properties of natural ingredients. No ammonia and no chemicals, and it still works? It sounds too good to be true.
The pigments are extracted from ingredients including ginger, saffron, tomato and rose oil, so there’s no smell once the dye is applied. It’s also gentle on the scalp, and feels just like shampoo. The salon is also considering selling the dye for home use as it’s so safe. The only downside? The dye doesn’t last – it will wash out after 10 to 20 shampoos. As someone who washes her hair daily, this isn’t that long.
After waiting just 10 minutes, the dye is ready to wash out and I’m left with shiny, soft, deep red hair. It’s perfect for those looking to pep up tired hair or try out a new colour.
Results The colour is rich in the way that I like, and I’m impressed that non-chemical dye can achieve this. I also love not feeling guilty about damaging my hair further (unlike every time I use a mainstream dye).
Pros • The vibrant colour takes no time at all – it’s much quicker than regular dye. • There’s no harm done to your hair – especially good news for those with thinner hair. • The dye covers grey with no problems.
Cons • The colour doesn’t last as long as permanent dye – at only 20 washes max, you could be forever back and forward to the salon.
Also try Zen Asia Spa offers organic hair dye using henna for various shades of reds and browns. From Dhs100 (depending on the length of hair). Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 457 2374).
Lush sells DIY blocks of henna in different shades, so you can colour your hair at home. From Dhs85. The Dubai Mall (04 435 6114).
Pastels offers the ammonia-free L’Oréal INOA dye system, which protects the scalp. From Dhs275. Al Wasl Road (04 394 7393).