The best value massages, hair cuts, pedicures and more
Pedicures: Classic pedicure at N.Bar A good quality standard pedicure with efficient staff. The procedure involves filing, remove cuticles, scrubbing and moisturising. They have a great selection of nail polish and stock both Essie and CND products. Dhs85 for 45 minutes. Ladies only. Various locations including Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah 1 (04 346 1100).
Manicures: Mehr Mah Beauty Salon The staff at this Iranian-owned salon are well-trained, don’t rush and produce great quality manis and it’s one of the cheapest outfits we’ve seen in the city. The massage chairs are a great way to unwind after a long day. Dhs45. Ladies only. Bahar 1, JBR (04 453 8117).
Eyelash extensions: Sister’s Beauty Lounge A breezy 30-minute treatment during which 30 to 40 lashes are applied individually to each eye, making them fuller and more feathery. Plus they last about two weeks. Dhs200 for regular volume, Dhs300 for full volume. Dubai Mall (04 339 8500).
Full-body treatments: Sumptuous amber ritual at Lily Pond Spa This bargain-priced total relaxation ritual promises to leave you with silky smooth skin. The treatment kicks off with a body scrub, body wrap and massage using Morjana products, which give a wonderful smell of amber and spices. The location isn’t picture-postcard but the massage is great. Dhs250 for 90 minutes. Various locations including Al Barsha Mall (04 385 0442).
Slimming treatments: The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge The anti-cellulite massage is performed by two therapists and begins with a coarse coffee scrub to the legs, before a thorough deep massage is applied. Dhs300 (30 minutes with two therapists). Ladies only. Safa Park, next to Choithrams, Al Wasl Road (04 380 4666).
Four-hand massages: Dreamworks This British-owned spa offers affordable Balinese massage from skilled Indonesian staff, trained in Bali. Dhs400 (60 minutes). Locations city-wide, (800 37326).
Mum-to-be treatments: Pre-natal massage at The Cure This effective 45-minute massage uses a doctor-recommend technique to ease common discomforts caused by pregnancy, including lower back pain, fluid retention and stress relief. Dhs200 for 45 minutes. Ladies only. Building 10, Media City (04 391 6485).
Express facials: GlamGlow mini-facial at Tips & Toes Uses low-sodium natural ingredients including French Kaolin sea clay, chamomile flower, grape seed and tea seed oil to nourish and nurture your skin. It’s ideal to temporarily soften wrinkles. Dhs80 for 20 minutes. Various locations including Al Barsha 2 (04 341 2020).
Anti-ageing facial: Ayana Wellness Boutique and Spa The Repêchage four layer facial involves four layers of products including a vitamin-rich seaweed mask and a calcium and magnesium mineral mask to give you notably smoother, fresher and younger looking skin and the results have been the longest lasting of all the facials we’ve tried. Dhs350. Ladies only. Villa 168b, f Dubai International Women’s Club, Jumeirah, (050 150 1998).
Hair cut for women: Jen’s Hair Studio Need a trim on a shoe-string? This small salon is great at fitting in last-minute bookings, without charging a fortune. Dhs150 for a cut ’n’ ruffle. Ladies only. White Crown Building, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1425).
Hair colour for women: Semi-permanent colour at Formul’A French Hair Dressing Academy If you’re not fussy about your locks, a trainee hairdresser can sort out your colour for next to nothing. Dhs150 for long hair with a student or Dhs180 for long hair with a junior stylist. From Dhs150. Knowledge Village (04 438 0122).
Hair cut for men: Black Stallion, JBR If it’s speedy service you’re after, this old-school barber is very up to date with fashionable and retro haircuts, the staff are friendly and they accept walk-ins. Ask for Ehab or Mohamed. Dhs65. Men only. Sadaf 1, Plaza Level, JBR (04 445 8443).
Body wraps: Moroccan Rassoul Body Wrap at Tips & Toes A warm, detoxifying volcanic ash and mud concoction is applied to the entire body, before the therapist wraps you up and your skin is left to soak up the minerals Dhs250 for an hour. Ladies only. Various locations including Media City (04 437 0874).
Hammam treatment: Hammam at Belle et Zen This traditional Moroccan hammam experience involves steam and scrub, using natural black soap, jasmine rose rhassoul clay and argan oil. Dhs180 (steam and scrub only). Dhs250 (full package including argan oil). Al Seef Tower, Cluster U, JLT (04 427 7294).
Aromatherapy massage: Body massage at Yin Yang This no-frills wellness centre offers good quality full-body massages, including an aromatherapy massage designed to improve the functioning of your kidney and various gliding and kneading techniques. There’s even a room with ladders on the ceiling to give them support as they walk along your back. Dhs150 for 60 minutes. Various locations including The Village Mall (04 385 5155).
Body scrubs: Full-body exfoliation at The Cure This express body polish is a deft hand at resurfacing dry skin. A scrub consisting of natural ingredients is applied to the entire body before it’s washed off and nourishing body cream is massaged into the skin, leaving you with a silky glow. Dhs80 for 20 minutes. Ladies only. Building 10, Dubai Media City (04 391 6485).
Classic massage (Balinese Full Body or similar): Holistic massage at Happy Valley Try the holistic massage at this no-frills spot, which focuses on techniques that help relax the whole body. There are also branches in Jumeirah, Deira and even the Dubai Investment Park, with one soon to open in JBR. Dhs250 for 60 minutes. Iridium Building, Umm Suqeim Road, Barsha (04 379 2507).
Express massages: Back and neck stress buster at The Nail Spa Done in the chair while you have a treatment, this quick stress-buster is the perfect way to kill time if you’re a restless pampering customer. The therapists are discreet in helping you to expose your shoulders and then use pressure-point application to help relieve tension in the neck and back. Dhs80 for 30 minutes. Ladies only. Various locations including Mercato Mall (04 349 7766).