Banish bad hair days with our favourite stylists in the city
If you still haven't found ‘The One' (and by that we mean the most important ‘One' of all – the hairdresser who understands the needs of your hair), this feature is for you. Hairdressers are one of the most searched-for topics on timeoutdubai.com, so here the Time Out team reveal the stylists we trust with our own tresses. Whether you're looking to spring-clean your look or you've just moved here and want to find a great stylist without the humiliating process of trial and error, help is at hand. With our list, you can slide into the chair without fear of another terrible dye job or looking, as one male member of our team put it, ‘like a microphone'. May you never have another necessary-hat day!
Men's stylists Stylist: Charbel El Khoury, 32, Lebanese Salon:Urban Male Lounge Years in the business: 15
We say... ‘When I first met Charbel for a cut, he told me, “Your face is long, not round – and I don't want to make it any longer.” Used to mumbling something about a number three and a “choppy top” when normally asked how I want it, I just blink uncertainly and let him get on with it. And he did, to great effect.' Rob Garratt They say... ‘[I use] a mix of tricks from every famous hairstylist – you take little bits and make them your own. I believe I am the best, and if I didn't believe that I wouldn't give the best hair cut. Before you leave, I'll show you a new style you can do easily every day at home, and for three weeks it will look perfect.' Haircut from Dhs95. Mall of the Emirates (04 425 0350).
Stylist: Joseph Ong, 29, Bruneian Salon: Toni & Guy Years in the business: 10
We say... ‘Joseph always knows which styles will suit different people, rather than dishing out the same cut for everyone – all too common at men’s salons. He also offers advice on what will suit your hair type, face shape and overall build.’ Adam Wilson
They say... ‘A good pair of scissors is an essential tool, although listening to what a client wants is the most important thing. Summer is here so I’d suggest men invest in some Label.m Smoothing Cream [available from the salon], which allows your style to last longer due to its memory retention and thermal protection.’ Haircut from Dhs250. Dubai International Financial Centre (04 330 3345).
Stylist: ‘Hiesam’ Abdul Rahman Zakaria, 24, Syrian Salon: 1847 Years in the business: Seven
We say... ‘This salon offers a calm, quiet early-morning trim in a classic barbershop setting, and Hiesam is laid back, quick, efficient and talented. Tell him what style you want and he’ll recreate it as best he can.’ Oliver Robinson
They say... ‘I don’t really have one skill [that stands out] – I think I just depend on my experience more than anything. [To make sure my clients are happy] I just listen to what they want.’ Haircut from Dhs100. The Walk at JBR (04 437 0252).
Women's stylists Stylist: Tracy Dockery, 27, Irish Salon:Salon Ink Years in the business: Seven
We say... ‘Tracy just “gets it”. She’s up to date with the latest hair trends and always understands what cut and colour I’m looking for. She’s also a pro when it comes to dip-dyeing.’ Jenny Hewett
They say... ‘Listening and keeping up with current trends is key. It could be as simple as changing the shape of a fringe (fringes are on trend right now), or the tone of a blonde client (golden is the new blonde). If you have fine hair and want to create volume, dig out your crimpers. Crimp just at the root area of your underneath layers to create a thicker, fuller look.’ Haircut from Dhs280, colour from Dhs300. Oud Metha (04 334 4002).
Stylist: Nicola Wilcox, 28, British Salon: Chill Salon Years in the business: 14
We say... ‘Nicola’s consultation is top-notch. Her fun demeanour makes me trust her instinctively, and I’m glad I do. I now sport a disconnected, layered cut with deep plum highlights peeking through, and I couldn’t be more pleased.’ Vineetha Menon
They say... ‘I pride myself on creativity, and that extends to all my looks, whether it’s a cut, style or colour. Don’t get addicted to straighteners, they kill your hair! Try Melu by Davines shampoo [Dhs85] and conditioner [Dhs95, both available from the salon], to protect hair from heat damage.’ Haircut from Dhs300, colour from Dhs300. (050 578 8506).
Stylist: Jacques Hanna, 35, Lebanese Salon: Jacques La Coupe Years in the business: 14
We say... ‘Jacques follows my requests for a trim and dip-dye colour to a T, ensuring the style is easy to maintain and the colour will grow out naturally, avoiding those dreaded roots. After being ignored by almost every other hairdresser I’ve visited, I’m relieved – and thrilled with the results.’ Rebecca Milford
They say... ‘Customer service is just as important as the client’s hair – I want my customers to leave in a good mood and pleased with the job I’ve done. Dubai means too much sun, too much humidity and too much A/C, so it’s important that when people wash their hair they don’t go out with it wet, because if they then sit under A/C, it will split.’ Haircut from Dhs350, colour from Dhs350. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 382 7333, ext 2747); The Address Dubai Marina (04 445 8381).
Stylish: Uzma Khawajah, 28, Iranian-Pakistani Salon:Hair Works Years in the business: 12
We say... ‘Uzma isn’t fazed by fine hair, and confidently sweeps a chunk forward to chop into a great, sweeping side fringe, blending it expertly into the longer sides. I’m consistently impressed with her funky, fearless cuts.’ Holly Sands
They say... ‘I can do really classic highlights, but I also have a creative mind and mix up a lot of colours. My main advice is to use a good shampoo and good conditioner. I love Davines products – they’re very low on sulphates and all organic.’ Davines shampoo from Dhs75. Haircut from Dhs170, colour from Dhs340. Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0222).
Stylist: Maria Dowling, 45, Irish Salon: Mariadowling Years in the business: 25
We say... ‘I love the consistently spot-on colouring, calming atmosphere and the quality magazine-reading time. Maria is the only hairdresser who has ever understood that I wanted to grow my hair long (and therefore never cuts too much off). She’s also a master of conversation.’ Becky Lucas They say... ‘You have to really listen and hear what the client is saying. Not all clients want radical changes, although subtle changes caN make a huge difference. At home, invest in a good styling kit: hair dryer, brushes and a styling iron or wand.’ Haircut from Dhs330, colour from Dhs390. Near Capitol Hotel, Satwa (04 345 4225).
Stylist: Vesna Ivetic, 29, Swedish Salon: Pastels Salon Years in the business: 13
We say... ‘Vesna is brilliant if you want a complete overhaul of both style and colour. As last year’s winner of L’Oreal’s prestigious Middle East Hair Idol contest, you can expect a cut that’s both modern and technically perfect – not a hair is left ungroomed.’ Claire Gasby
They say... ‘My secret is making each client look like themselves; just, a lot better. Tip: when you’re using straighteners, don’t straighten from the root (unless you have incredibly curly hair), otherwise your hair will end up looking limp and flat.’ Haircut from Dhs300, colour from Dhs350. Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 5016).
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Olga Jan 29, 2015 05:51 pm
To all of you out there I just recommend Toni at Jacques La Coupe, Address Hotel Marina, I had the best experience ever, thank you Toni for the amazing hair ....
Noelia Dec 17, 2014 03:41 pm
I got my look done and ready to the festive season by Toni at Jacques la coupe address hotel, Marina, he is the best and I mean it wish I can download my photo with the new look
Ayeda Dec 14, 2014 09:49 am
Hands down – Yanni @ Yanni Salon is the best hairdresser in Dubai! Not only are her cuts and her color immaculate but she has an uncanny way of knowing what you want. What she does is more than simply cut hair – her salon provides a total mind, body and spirit experience so you come home with more than just a good haircut – you come home refreshed and renewed !
Tracey Dec 11, 2014 06:26 am
I went to chill salon, its my second vist . Its a great salon. All the staff are expats. I highly recommend.
Jamie Dec 10, 2014 05:19 pm
Toni you make me smile everytime, dont know how you do it but you kicking it, he is the man to cut your hair he has golden fingers and he rocks thank for making the holiday cut.
Toni at Jacques la coupe address marina .