There’s no doubting that the climate in the Middle East does our hair few favours, rendering most people’s locks lifeless, greasy or unruly as a result of the summer heat and humidity. Whether your ’do resembles Marilyn Manson’s greasy mop or has turned into something Diana Ross would proudly cultivate, these salon treatments should help return your hair to its former glory.
Anti hair loss by Davines
Any Dubai resident will regale you with stories of thinning hair after more time spent in the pool during summer. Step forward Davines organic range: with ingredients such as olive butter and eucalyptus oil, a course of four or five sessions could help to save your locks. This treatment is simple: you recline in a massage chair while your hair is washed twice with strengthening shampoo, conditioned and gently dried, before eucalyptus scalp oil is applied to encourage new hair growth. It tingles, but not unpleasantly, and you can be in and out of the salon in 45 minutes. Over the next few days, you’ll notice visibly less hair on the bathroom floor after blow-drying.
Dhs150. Ladies only. Thai Privilege Spa, Al Wasl Road (04 348 9679).
Simply Organic deep hair conditioning treatment
Constantly moving from the humidity outside to the dry, cold A/C inside plays havoc with your hair, so Zen Beauty Lounge uses the ‘Simply Organic’ range to restore balance. A restorative shampoo and conditioner is applied, based on your hair type, containing natural ingredients such as soy protein to help rebuild hair, and olive and honey to strengthen it. A further deep conditioner is applied and massaged into your scalp, then you sit under a steamer for 15 minutes to help the product get right into your roots. The result? Softer and much more manageable hair.
Dhs200. Ladies only. Zen Beauty Lounge, Discovery Gardens (04 434 3017).
Katira Hair Masque
Designed to repair damage to hair from exposure to heat and continued washing and drying, this treatment’s ‘high-tech L-Amino Acid Complex’ works to moisturise without making your hair oily, and promises to add smoothness and shine while revitalising colour. The stylist washes your hair then applies the masque, a thick cream, leaving it for 10 minutes to soak in before rinsing it out. Apparently the treatment needs to be repeated over several weeks to see any real benefit – your hair will feel softer immediately after the treatment, but after one wash and an application of styling product, it’ll be pretty much back to normal.
Dhs90. Men only. 1847, The Walk at JBR (04 437 0252).
Redken Chemistry Power Shot
This treatment is tailor-made to the individual, based on your hair’s natural tendencies. On our visit the stylist chose first to shampoo our hair with a mixture that was one part Body Full (for fine, flat hair) and one part All Soft (for dry, brittle locks), leaving it on for 10 minutes. Next up, it’s a sealant called Phix Phase, normally used for mechanically distressed hair (that’s hair damaged by straightening irons, curling tongs, hair driers and so on). As a result, the treatment does a good job of repairing damage incurred by Dubai’s great, hot outdoors.
Dhs150. Ladies only. Hairworks, Ibn Battuta (04 451 2777).
The Ritual-m Hair and Scalp Clay
Ever feel that no matter how often you wash your hair, it always feel weighed down by products? Your scalp feels overly oily, yet the tips of your hair are coarser than ever? Welcome to our world: the detox masque designed by the homegrown Mariadowling salon is the best solution we’ve found thanks to an all-natural ingredients list, from peppermint to argan oil. You’ll spend about 30 minutes with the cooling clay coated over your hair and scalp, before being ushered back to the sink for a toe-tingling head massage. You can then opt for a blow dry to finish – you’ll walk out with hair shinier than it’s been in months, with oily, itchy scalps remaining refreshed for three to four days.
From Dhs80-300 for treatment only, depending on hair length and thickness. Ladies only. Mariadowling, near Capitol Hotel, Satwa (04 345 4225).
DIY haircare tips
How to keep your hair looking its best at home.
• Get a filter for your shower. Most salons in Dubai have these in place and, according to Lynnsey at Hair Works, a filter is essential to stave off the effects of chlorine and salt-tainted water.
• Thai Privilege Spa recommends you always rinse conditioner off with cold water to seal hair follicles and make hair shine.
• One of Time Out’s top tips to control dry, frizzy hair is to apply warm olive oil 30 minutes, before shampooing and rinsing.