The salon Designed by Syrian Ieyad Charaf, Code combines the masculine feel of a warehouse-style open ceiling with softer purple tones and gilt-edged mirrors, while the large tricycle in the centre adds a touch of boyish fun. The whole place looks and feels stylish, so the hope is that the salon’s stylists deliver.
The promise Code offers everything from haircuts to facials, massages and waxing. It uses products from Hungarian brand Éminence, all organic and free from chemicals. Step by step I’ve booked a haircut followed by my first ever facial. It’s straight into the hairdressing chair to tell my stylist what I want – an inch off everywhere and a general tidy up. He seems unfazed by my vague instructions and sets to work with impressive efficiency. Before long I’m whisked away for a quick rinse that includes a scalp massage, followed by a hair treatment that I’m told will prevent frizz.
Next up is the facial, so I’m escorted to an adjustable chair/bed in a small area screened off from the rest of the salon. Two therapists inspect my face and conclude that the Steam Calm & Clear treatment is the one best suited to my ‘sensitive’ skin. The air fills with steam and the process begins with several rounds of fine exfoliation using vitamin C-rich rosehip and maize. I close my eyes and let the Hungarian stone crop plant – the treatment’s main ingredient – work its magic. At one point my face is zapped with a clicking electric device (I’m told that without this the product would prove ineffective). The sensation is novel, yet certainly not unpleasant. Several more creams and masks follow, then I’m led back to the chair for a final trim, blow dry and styling.
The result The haircut I can’t fault. It was quick and efficient, yet still thorough, without the sloppiness you sometimes get a barber’s. As for the facial, the organic products did my skin a world of good, moisturising cells, clearing blemishes and leaving me looking and feeling genuinely refreshed.
Pros • You get a great, thorough haircut and a satisfying scalp massage, all for a surprisingly low price. • Éminence products are 100 percent organic, so there’s no need to worry about harmful chemicals.
Cons • Not every man will appreciate the facial, which could do with being a little shorter. • While the treatment area is separated by curtains, you still get the bright lights and music from the rest of the salon, which detracts from the sense of relaxation.
4/5 (haircut) 3/5 (facial) Dhs60 for haircut; Dhs75 for cut and blow dry, from Dhs275 for facial. Sheikh Hamdan Award Complex, Jumeirah 1, www.codemenssalon.com (04 386 9909).
Also try 1847 This high-end men’s salon offers haircuts for Dhs100, alongside many other treatments (there’s even a shoeshine service). Various locations including JBR (04 437 0252).
Man/Age Offers haircuts for Dhs80 and facials from Dhs80, plus spa treatments. Various locations including JBR, www.managespa.com (04 435 5780).
Signature Lounge Haircuts start at Dhs50, with facials, massages, shaves and body scrubs also on offer. G-18 Business Central Towers, Media City (04 434 2110).