Worried about distressed tresses? Louise Emma Clarke reports on five rescue remedies to get you out of trouble.
The dilemma: The endless cycle of blow-drying, straightening, curling, and colouring hair for those festive parties has left your locks damaged, with obvious split ends and a dry, frizzy appearance.
The solution: Everybody could do with a bottle of Uniq One’s All-in-One Hair Treatment on their dressing table this December. The home treatment offers an impressive ten benefits, including repairing dry and damaged hair, detangling, and protecting from heat styling. The mist has a lightweight, non-greasy texture and is suitable for every hair type.
Dhs100. Various stockists across Dubai, including Juan Salon, Indigo Tower, JLT, www.juansalon.com (04 438 9570).
Style it up
The dilemma: You’re bored of wearing your hair the same way every time you head out, but don’t have the skills to try a new ‘do’ before every event this December.
The solution: Treat yourself to pieces by hair accessories brand Evita Peroni. The new Swarovski collection is perfect for the festive season, with a range of crystal-embellished pieces that add 1940’s style glamour to your look. It’s the instant way to update your hair for the dizzying array of dinners, parties and events happening over the next few weeks.
From Dhs125. Evita Peroni, various locations including Dubai Marina Mall, www.evitaperoni.com (04 285 2419).
The dilemma: Regular washing and styling has left your scalp feeling extra sensitive, with symptoms including itchiness and burning.
The solution: Book yourself into Sisters Beauty Lounge to try the new Kérastase Sensidote Derma-Calm Treatment. The treatment eases scalp discomfort with a unique complex of soothing ingredients. It also includes a relaxing head spa ritual using hot stones, which helps to stimulate the circulatory system and promote self-healing.
Dhs300. Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall, www.sistersbeautylounge.com (04 339 8500).
Lost the gloss
The dilemma: You want your hair to shine with health over the holiday season, but it is looking lackluster.
The solution: Celebrity colourist Kelly Van Gogh’s Wonderlust Hair Colour Protecting and Illuminating Tonic is the tool you need to reclaim your shine. The leave-in spray promises to add a glossy mirror shine to locks, whilst protecting hair from heat, UV rays, and environmental pollutants. Spray the product over damp hair just before you blow dry or mist onto dry hair to detangle and de-frizz.
Dhs130. Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04350 5333)
Last minute blow-dries
The dilemma: You have an event to attend after work, so want a quick fix to take your hairstyle from desk to dance floor.
The solution: Head to Sephora in The Dubai Mall and take your place at the Styling Bar by Loft Fifth Avenue, which makes blow-dries quick, convenient, and affordable. Take your pick from six different styles, including up-dos, waves, and plaits, and watch in the big Hollywood-style mirrors as staff transform your locks.
From Dhs65. Styling Bar by Loft Fifth Avenue, Sephora, The Dubai Mall, (04 333 9982).
Hair masques from your kitchen cupboard
To hydrate hair
Mix a teaspoon of honey with a glass of milk and massage into hair from root to tip. Leave for 15 minutes to set.
To repair hair
Mash up one banana and add three drops of almond oil to the mix. Massage it into hair and leave for 25 minutes.
To soften hair
Mix a tablespoon of oats with a tablespoon of fresh milk and a drop of almond oil until you have a thick paste. Apply for 20 minutes.