Where Dubai's beauty pros go for off-duty pampering
Time Out Dubai staff
Maria Dowling, 45, Irish Founder and owner of Dubai hairdressing salon Mariadowling
Where do you go for off-duty pampering? ‘N.Bar at Grosvenor House.’
Why? ‘For a manicure and pedicure. This particular N.Bar makes for a wonderful, private escape. I love the fact that the treatment spaces are not regimentally lined up against a wall, so you really do have your own little private hideaway. Once it’s all done,
I love looking down at the tips of my fingers and toes and seeing how beautiful and shiny the colour is.’
Mani-pedi from Dhs140. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
(04 399 9009).
Maria’s secret beauty tip ‘First, I’m a great believer in making sure your extremities are in good shape – that means your head (ie your hair), and your hands and feet. If these areas are groomed and polished, you look great and feel great too. Second, get a brow lift – lighten the colour
of your brows by a shade
or two and watch your face
lift and light up. But get it done at the salon – don’t try this at home.’
Nadia Ivanova Briggs, 37, Russian Founder and owner of the Cure beauty and wellness lounge, Dubai Media City
Where do you go for off-duty pampering? ‘The Spa at The One&Only Royal Mirage.’
Why? ‘The oriental hammam (Moroccan bath) is simply the best de-stress and detox in town – it’s where you’ll find me when I need a little time out. Blending cleansing, exfoliation and massage, it covers every inch of my body and it always leaves me feeling invigorated, rejuvenated and just like new.’ Hammam treatments from Dhs370. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 315 2130).
Nadia’s secret beauty tip
‘Mix tinted moisturiser or a light foundation with a lotion or moisturiser containing a little shimmer to give you fresh, blemish-free and glowing skin. It’s the perfect way to add instant sparkle, especially when heading out straight from work.’
Lindsay Nadden Nadeau, 32, Canadian Director of spa and wellness at Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah
Where do you go for
‘Tilia & Finn at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.’
Why? ‘I head there for a cut and blow-dry for hair maintenance. The salon offers a great, friendly service and is a nice venue. I can also catch up with girlfriends over some lunch in one of The Boulevard’s restaurants.’ Cut and blow-dry from Dhs205. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 284 0402).
Lindsay’s secret beauty tip: ‘If you have dry skin, you shouldn’t keep moisturising the trouble area. You need to exfoliate properly before moisturising for soft, smooth skin.’
Alex Hurt, 32, British Director of group operations at SensAsia Urban Spas
Where do you go for off-duty pampering? ‘Salon Ink in Oud Metha.’
Why? ‘I love the professional attitude
of the stylists, along with their advice on what is actually good for my hair – they really look after my tresses and tell me when I’m not. I have my hair coloured every six to eight weeks, with
a conditioning treatment. They have Dubai’s best stylists, making this place one of the city’s best-kept secrets. But make an appointment in advance – they have a hotlist of clients wanting to book.’ Colouring from Dhs300. Oud Metha
(04 334 4002).
Alex’s secret beauty tip: ‘To keep looking polished, regular mani-pedis and eyelash extensions are a must. If you’re always on the front line, you have to be memorable.’
Jardine Francis, 25, British Manager of Jen’s Hair Studio, Sheikh Zayed Road
Where do you go for off-duty pampering? ‘Belle De Jour
Salon in Barsha.’
Why? ‘I go here for laser hair removal. Initially I went because of a discount voucher I bought online, but have since found the staff very friendly. I feel comfortable having the treatment done here, and the prices are amazing.’ Laser hair removal
from Dhs150 per session for underarms. Al Barsha (04 347 5336).
Jardine’s secret beauty tip: ‘If you’re having laser hair removal, I recommend using Emla numbing cream – it’s an anaesthetic. If you use it properly, it makes
this service completely pain-free.’ways on the front line, you have to be memorable.’