Cream of the crop

The treatments that made us melt in 2009, and the trends we’re still sporting for the coming year

Essential treatments

1 Reiki haircut at SJB Salon
We’re not sure if the reiki works, but we like the haircut all the same.
Oud Metha (04 355 4993)

2 Crystal bed healing
Beauty expert Terri Allen has the only crystal bed in the whole of Dubai. Imported from Brazil, a quick lie on it is meant to cleanse your chakras – whatever that means.
(050 655 4814)

3 Crystal massage at Khatt Springs Spa
What is it about the crystals? Still, the massage at this RAK spa is divine, and the post-massage meditation (which involves staring at crystals) is actually quite relaxing once you get into the swing of it. Plus, you can follow it up with an invigorating dip in the nearby hot springs.
Khatt Springs Resort & Spa, Ras Al Khaimah (07 244 8777)

4 Colour therapy at Spa Dunya
After picking a series of colours, a spa therapist will tell you exactly what you’re missing in life, before trying to restore it through a relaxing aromatherapy massage.
Jumeirah Beach Residence Shams 1 (04 439 3669)

5 Detoxifying Thai body wrap at The Grand Spa
First, you’re scrubbed down with cane sugar, bamboo powder and green tea leaves, then a warm clay mask is applied to draw out toxins and leave you feeling fabulous.
Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 1234)

6 Javanese treatment at Cleopatra’s Spa
A thorough body scrub sloughs away dead skin, then a Balinese massage followed by a milk bath promises to relax and revive.
The Pyramids, Wafi (04 324 7700)

7 Thai massage at Thai Privilege Spa
This new spa offers some of the best Thai massages in town.
Al Wasl Road (04 348 9679)

8 Regenerating ruby ceremony at Amara Spa
This two-hour regenerating treatment includes a massage and a cryotherapy age-defying facial, which uses ice cubes to help turn back the clock.
Park Hyatt Dubai (04 602 1660)

9 Queen for a day at SensAsia Urban Spa
The ultimate treatment: this royal pampering ritual features 270 minutes of bliss, including an invigorating Balinese massage, a cleansing treatment and the ultimate facial. Perfect for creating a new you.
The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8850)

10 Heaven facial at The Nail Spa
Deborah Mitchell’s organic, all-natural skincare range, Heaven, has finally landed at the Nail Spa. A half-hour Heaven facial is like having a mini facelift (and there’s not a surgeon’s knife in sight).
The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 1617)

Top trends

1 Matte nail varnish
Glossy’s so passé. Matte is where it’s at these days.

2 Over-the-top nail art
Accentuating nails with stones and frescoes makes them so dynamic.

3 Reiki
It seems every spa in town is using reiki to balance the body’s energy.

4 Chakra cleansing
Dubai has tons of spas offering to detox the body through simple (and unverifiable) chakra techniques.

5 Foot massages
Spas dedicated to feet? Heaven.

6 Curly hair
The ’80s revival is here, and with it comes springy locks.

7 Hairdressers in costume
That’s right, we’ve let fake angels and flight attendants cut our hair.

8 Asymmetric bobs
Forget a straight cropped style. The wonky cut adds a bit of edge.

9 Gold eyeliner
Gilt-lined eyes are all the rage (even if your pockets are just lined with lint).

10 Natural highlights
Thin strands of natural colour are the hottest thing for hair right now.

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