Hair salons notice an enormous boost in business in December, with many pre-Christmas and New Year’s Eve appointments booked up weeks, sometimes months, in advance. Of course it’s not just hair that requires special festive attention, so we’ve cherry-picked some of the best offers at spas and salons around town this December, for both men and women, based on their specially discounted prices or consistently excellent results.
From long-lasting, chip-free manicures (perfect if you’re travelling) to soothing facials (great if you’re all shopped out) to a few festive-themed treats (such as The Ritz-Carlton’s ‘gingerbread cocoon’), as well as some expert tips, you’re guaranteed to become more beautiful after reading this feature. We’re already halfway through December, so there’s little time to waste – get booking before your advent calendar is demolished. (All treatments still had pre-Christmas appointments available at the time of going to press).
Unisex Aromatherapy facial at Talise This tailor-made facial treatment works to clear up oily or congested skin and smooth, soothe and hydrate the complexion using acclaimed Aromatherapy Associates products. There’s a generous 50 per cent discount on the treatment this month, so your face and your wallet will both be in good shape. Dhs107.50 for 25 minutes, Dhs202.50 for 55 minutes (after discount). Talise Spa, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8181). Ladies Facial Glow at Tilia & Finn One of a brand new range of facials at popular ladies’ salon Tilia & Finn, the Facial Glow is designed to soothe dry and exhausted skin. Each facial is customised to the individual, with a skin-type-specific cleanse and polish, before balance is restored with essential oil tonics and massage. Dhs300 for 60 minutes. Tilia & Finn, Mirdif City Centre (04 236 2121).
Unisex Restorative Facial at Heavenly Spa Using fruit acids and vitamin C, this facial aims to soften fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scars. Until January 31, buy a package which includes six restorative treatments, three back massages and three scalp massages, and get a Chrono Reverser Gel home-care product. Dhs375 for facial, Dhs2,700 for package (value Dhs4,142). Heavenly Spa, The Westin Dubai (04 511 7901).
At-home tip ‘Orange juice is great for an instant glow. All you need to do is dip your fingers in the juice and pat your cheeks, chin, neck and forehead. Wash off after 10 minutes.’ Supriya Nesaraj, assistant spa manager, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai.
Hair & Grooming
Ladies Kelly Van Gogh Intense Repair caviar hair mask at JetSet If you have dry, frizzy, coarse or curly hair, this mask smoothes by building collagen and infusing the hair with amino acids and Omega 3, 6 and 9. Try it with a blow-dry and a head massage to get in pre-party shape. Dhs245. JetSet Altitude, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 330 0886).
Men Five Golden Rings at Royal Cut This men’s special at Le Royal Méridien’s Royal Cut Salon includes a haircut, root colour and blow-dry, plus there’s a mani-pedi thrown in for good measure. Dhs625. Royal Cut Salon, Caracalla Spa & Health Club, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa (04 399 5555).
Ladies Get a great cut at Hair Works If you need a new haircut, we recommend asking for Uzma at the modest JBR branch of this hairdressing chain – she’s a dab hand with a pair of scissors and always gives us exactly the cut we’ve asked for. Dhs240. Hair Works, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0222).
At-home tip ‘In the Gulf the sun is strong, even in December. Use products designed to protect the hair from sun damage, and steer clear of products that contain alcohol as this can increase hair dryness and breakage.’ Miriam Quevedo, skincare and haircare pro.
Ladies Chocolate and nut scrub or wrap at Thai Privilege Spa Try one of the new scrubs and wraps, including this festive treat. The antioxidants in the chocolate scrub help to prevent the signs of ageing, while the wrap hydrates the skin. Dhs250 for 90-minute scrub or wrap with free massage until December 31. Thai Privilege Spa, Al Wasl Road (04 348 9679).
Unisex Gingerbread cocoon body ritual at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai This 110-minute treatment includes a full-body exfoliation, conditioning mask and a full-body massage using the Bella Lucce gingerbread collection. Dhs600 until December 31 (normally Dhs750). The Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6184).
Ladies Festive package at Tips & Toes This complete beauty package includes an almond mani-pedi, foot reflexology, mini facial and eyelash extensions – everything you need to get party-ready. Dhs650 (original price Dhs870). Tips & Toes, various locations including The Greens Community Centre (04 361 9797).
At-home tip ‘To cleanse the pores at home, add a dried stick of cinnamon and a slice of orange to a bowl of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and position 20cm over the water for up to seven minutes, then wipe your face with a cold towel.’ Holly Sands, Body & Mind editor.
Men Ceo manicure and pedicure at Spa InterContinental A quick no-fuss hand and foot treatment, the men’s CEO treatment can be done as a manicure, pedicure or both. It includes cleaning and conditioning, hard skin removal, trimming and buffing. CEO manicure Dhs95, pedicure Dhs110, mani-pedi package Dhs180. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1257).
Ladies GELeration Nails at Spa InterContinental This gel-based polish dries instantly, doesn’t chip or smudge and helps to strengthen the nails. Removal is easy and can be done in minutes. GELeration manicure Dhs145, pedicure Dhs160, mani-pedi package Dhs270. Spa InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1257).
Ladies Gelish nail treatments at N.Bar A long-lasting product that applies like nail polish but stays chip-free like gel, Gelish lasts around two weeks depending on nail growth – get your manicure done before Christmas Day and the polish should stay put until at least New Year’s Eve. Essential Gelish manicure Dhs140. N.Bar, various locations including JBR (04 437 0277).
At-home tip ‘Glam up your fingertips by using polish in jewel shades – emerald, ruby, sapphire and aquamarine – with a hint of shimmer and metallic. Textured glittering manicures are great for holiday parties, while a coloured French manicure is perfect for a sophisticated holiday look.’ India Smith, The Nail Spa.
Ladies Fake Bake spray tan at The Cure Used by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, this spray tan promises a flawless, beautiful, golden tan in a matter of minutes. Get two sessions free when you pay for four until the end of December. Dhs175 per session; buy four get two free until December 31. The Cure, Building 10, Dubai Media City (04 391 6485). Unisex Sunbed sessions at Tanning Zone Try a couple of sunbed sessions to give you a bit of colour for the party season. Always use sunbeds responsibly, spending a maximum of eight minutes on the bed per session, and don’t do more than three sessions in a week. Dhs9 per minute, Dhs255 for 30 minutes. Tanning Zone Salon, Sadaf 2, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 446 8636).
At-home tip For a toxin-free temporary glow, mix two teaspoons of raw cocoa powder (Dhs75 for 227g from www.besupernatural.com) with warm water and apply to the skin. To remove,rinse with warm soapy water. Hayley Mac, Be Super Natural.