We reveal why these Dubai hairdressers are a cut above the rest
In a city where a new bouffant could cost anywhere between Dhs50 and Dhs1,500 and the scope for disaster is immense, when it comes to your tresses there is nothing more valuable than a trusted recommendation. Where once there were only a handful of reputable stylists in the city, standards have soared in the past year and a host of internationally-staffed independent salons are producing some of the funkiest cuts and hues we’ve seen in the emirate, catering to everything from natural-looking balayage to leopard print-dyed buzz cuts, celeb copycat ’dos and everything in-between. With summer on our doorstep there is no better time to freshen up your look, here we reveal the ten top hairstylists we trust with our own locks.
Rachael Stevenson, creative director and co-owner of SLaM Her salon may only have been up and running in Dubai for a couple of months, but British stylist Rachael is no newcomer to the city’s hairdressing scene, having previously worked in Wafi’s main salon some seven years ago, and later putting in a stint at Chill Salon in Dubai Media City. She travelled the world learning new skills and picking up design tips (including being inspired to install some super-comfortable sinks) before launching SLaM. Thanks to her knack for both colouring and cutting, Rachael has a loyal following in the city, and has now assembled an entire team that matches her high standards. From Dhs300 for a cut and blow-dry. Al Joud Centre (above Tom & Serg), 15A Street, Al Quoz, www.slam.ae (800 7526).
Marie Louise Feldvoss, owner and founder of Feldvoss After months of hard work, Marie Louise opened her salon in JLT late last year. Hailing from Denmark, with a background at Per, one of the country’s top salons, she specialises in Scandinavian hair. She and her team of stylists (all of whom are Scandinavian) also pride themselves on being experts in the care of highlights and blonde hair. Marie Louise is a big fan of working with and respecting the natural look and feel of her clients’ tresses and as such sticks to natural products such as Philip B’s range of shampoos and conditioners, with high concentrations of botanicals and essential oils. From Dhs360 for cut and blow-dry, root colour from Dhs300, full head of highlights from Dhs600. Lake Level, Cluster Y, JLT, www.feldvoss.com (056 254 3283).
Luca Comella, creative director at Y-12 Salon Having cut his teeth in a family-owned barber shop in Sicily, stylish Italian hair guru Luca trained at the Toni & Guy Academy in London before heading up Dubai’s first regional salon in 2006. He launched Y-12 Salon in 2013 with head colourist Giampiero and together they churn out experimental cuts and bold colour, including pink bobs, blue ombre and Dolce & Gabbana-inspired up-dos. Luca has worked alongside cutting edge stylists including Gok Wan, he styled Carine Roitfield for the Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 show and his client list has included Eva Longoria and Anna Dello Russo. Winning. From Dhs425 for a cut and blow-dry, from Dhs400 for colour with Gianpiero. First floor, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, DIFC (04 372 2712).
Yvonne Stoop-Dekorte, senior hairstylist at Salon Ink Holland-born Yvonne has been styling hair in Dubai for some time, and is intuitive when it comes to interpreting trends for clients. From the stylish floor-to-ceiling window setting of this light and airy Beach Park Plaza Centre salon, she expertly works her magic, which touches everything from colour to cuts. She’s a deft hand at applying natural-looking balayage and not the type to push conversation on clients, expertly gauging whether you’re a flat-out chatterer or prefer to relax. The salon itself is famed for its avant garde styles (leopard print buzz cut, anyone?) and recently, blue ombre hair. From Dhs280 and colour from Dhs280. Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, www.saloninkdubai.com (04 385 4402).
Rami Jabali, director at Rami Jabali Salon With more than ten years in the trade, expert colourist Syrian-born Rami worked in a number of salons in Dubai before starting up his own in 2012. The salon tends to both men and women and is a front-runner when it comes to seamless extensions, cuts and hair colouring. Blondes and redheads frequent Rami’s roomy salon for flawless results, and the salon also offers mani-pedis and Elemis facials. We’ve been digging the rich red hue he applied to our hair nine months ago. The free parking is also a big hit. From Dhs280 for women’s cut and blow-dry; from Dhs450 for colour. Plaza level, Murjan 3, JBR, Dubai Marina, www.ramijabali.com, instagram.com/ramijabali# (04 363 0369).
Keriann Wylie, manager/artistic director at Hairworks Hailing from Canada, Keriann has been transforming the locks of Dubai’s women for seven years. Having trained as a stylist at Marvel School of hairdressing in Canada and sporting a platinum cropped ’do herself, Keriann’s hairdressing style is funky and fresh. She listens to what clients want and isn’t afraid to offer her own advice. Specialising in colour and with a penchant for creating short bobs, she knows exactly what hair needs to survive Dubai’s harsh weather and water conditions. Currently located in the Ibn Battuta branch of Hairworks, the salon is a bustling hive of activity with a convenient location for when you’re in need of a makeover. Cuts from Dhs300; colour from Dhs305. Ibn Battuta Mall, www.hairworksbeauty.com (04 451 2777).
Mohammed Al Basha, senior stylist at Urban Male lounge If you’re after a fuss-free cut that you can easily fit into your lunch break and still have time to spare, you’ve come to the right place. One of Urban Male Lounge’s senior hairdressers, Mohammed has performed consistently on each of our visits, swiftly and expertly wielding his pair of scissors to have you walking out looking exactly how you envisaged. Don’t expect a long, drawn-out affair, just a quick wash, trim, blow-dry and smear of wax – and all for under Dhs100. But you can always add some extras if you so wish, with UML offering a full range of hair treatments, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and more. ‘The Cut’ (wash, cut and dry) from Dhs95. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.nstyleintl.com/uml (800 865).
Anthony Walsh, senior stylist and colourist at Pastels Salon An experienced stylist and trainer who got his start with the prestigious Peter Mark group in Ireland, Anthony is a master of colour, particularly ombre and balayage. His straight-talking approach to what will look good and what won’t while still keeping your hair in good nick is a breath of fresh air. Based in the bright and airy Ritz-Carlton branch of Pastels in JBR, Anthony is fast becoming one of the most talked-about stylists in Dubai so don’t be surprised if you have to wait some time for an appointment. From Dhs330 for a wash, cut and blow-dry, from Dhs450 for ombre/balayage. The Ritz-Carlton, JBR. www.pastels-salon.com (04 399 5016).
Alena Darafeyeva, Stylist at Manuella Ladies Beauty Salon Belarusian Alena works with all kinds of hair, from poker straight to afro, conjuring up creative solutions for any dilemma. You can always be sure to get a comprehensive and understanding consultation when you visit the salon, and because she’s familiar with so many different styles, treatments and products, she doesn’t shirk away from challenges and genuinely cares that you’re completely happy with the final look. The ladies-only salon also does nails and other beauty treatments. From Dhs180 for a haircut, Marina View Towers, Dubai Marina, www.manuellasalon.com (04 422 1904).
Luke Bingham, managing director at Chill Salon After discovering Luke at this laid-back, urban women’s hair salon, we’ve been reluctant to go anywhere else. Luke has trained and taught at Toni & Guy, and specialises in cutting, with a style that reflects an up-to-date understanding of UK hair trends, though he enjoys the creative challenge of high-fashion colouring. Though he does long and classic cuts, he has a penchant for edgier short styles. We’ve found that a careful consultation and absolute precision really set Luke apart. He listens to your expectations and take them on board, but also offers clear explanations of exactly how this will look on you, suggest creative alternatives, and give plenty of after-care and styling advice. From Dhs300 (women’s cut and blow dry). Floor 4, Entrance B, Loft 1, Dubai Media City, www.chill-salon.com (04 446 2991).