Jenny Hewett tries out a retro look courtesy of the up-styling service at Dubai’s Sisters Beauty Lounge.
I’m looking for an old Hollywood-style evening up-do to go with a strapless dress for a fancy shindig. Before going I’m told to email through examples of celeb styles.
Step by step
Unfortunately when I arrive at the Mall of the Emirates outlet, the salon has examples of styles, but they are not mine. Panic aside, I search my iPhone and show the hairstylist what I’m looking for: wavy old Hollywood-style curls pinned into a side bun. The stylist suggests that instead of an up-do she braids my hair to one side with long cascading curls down the other to complement my undercut. I’m happy with this and she quickly washes and blow-dries my hair before pulling it to one side. After braiding the underside to the right, she diligently curls each piece of hair with large tongs, before hair-spraying and pinning the curls in place to get that old-Hollywood look. After more than one hour in the chair, I’m ready to hit the town.
I’m pleased with the look, though when I view my hair in the mirror the braid is hardly visible and not nearly as elaborate as I’d hoped. On the plus side, the curls are how I imagined and, with my shaved side also on display, I love the contrast of polished versus punk.
• The style was modern and the curls were spot on.
• Staff were extremely friendly, capable and knowledgeable of current trends. I would highly recommend her.
• They didn’t have the examples I had sent through.
• It took much longer than expected and I was in a rush.
Call for prices on styles. Sisters Beauty Lounge, Mall of the Emirates (04 379 2992).