Team Emirates Woman treat their neglected tresses to a bespoke blow-dry.
WHAT: Couture Blow-Dry
WHERE: Jet Set Salon, Grosvenor House Hotel
TESTER: Sarah Joan Ross, Style Director
THE RUNDOWN: Offering more than just your basic wash-and-go, this buzzing salon offers braiding, bridal and custom coif styles so you can undergo a total hair transformation in under an hour.
THE RESULT: After requesting as much volume as possible, my stylist Nico started the process with a speedy blow-dry and some tonging action for extra body. Fluffed, teased and tousled in a mere 30 minutes, my new ‘do and I, bounced out of the salon – my beautifully thick hair lasted up to a good 24 hours.
THE DETAILS: Wash and Blow-Dry, Dhs105
TEL: (04) 3995005
WHAT: Tousled Waves
WHERE: Blo Dry Bar, Motor City
TESTER: Samantha, Beauty Editor
THE RUNDOWN: This beauty boutique caters for the growing crowd in and around Motor City. But even for inner-city dwellers, it’s well worth the trek if you’re in need for bouncy tousled waves.
THE RESULT: Opting for an off-duty kink-laden ‘lob’ (think Julianne Hough’s roughed-up bob), I was pleasantly surprised at the attention to detail from the knowledgeable staff. There was texture, shine and any pesky flyaways were sprayed firmly into place.
THE DETAILS: Pillow Talk Blow-Dry, Dhs120
TEL: (04) 4473826
WHAT: VIP Volume
WHERE: Pastels Salon, Jumeirah
TESTER: Alexandra, Junior Fashion Editor
THE RUNDOWN: The ‘Jumeirah Jane’ favourite has recently added an extensive blow-dry bar to the salon where you can now opt for a custom treatment catering to sensitive, stressed or damaged strands.
THE RESULT: I opted for the VIP Blow with the healing Kerastase Elixir Ultime treatment and left sporting healthy looking locks with a rich shine. Although a tad pricier than your standard blowout, the nourishing Kerastase made it worth every dirham.
THE DETAILS: VIP Blow-Dry, Dhs240
TEL: (04) 3883534
WHAT: Sleek and Straight Strands
WHERE: Blo Out Beauty Bar, Tecom
TESTER: Angela, Contributor
THE RUNDOWN: This salon specialises in providing sophisticated styling for the woman who always has perfectly groomed hair. The friendly, low-key setting is perfect for indulging in a little pampering after stressful day at the office.
THE RESULT: After a gentle wash and rough-dry my hair was styled into sleek and shiny submission in less than 20 minutes.
THE DETAILS: Classic Blow-Dry, Dhs100
TEL: (04) 3629936
WHAT: Big and Bouncy Curls
WHERE: Ricci Capricci, The Conrad Hotel
TESTER: Carmel, Fashion & Beauty Assistant
THE RUNDOWN: Located in the lobby of The Conrad Hotel, this salon has a chilled atmosphere with a sleek purple décor.
THE RESULT: If big is what you are after then this salon is going to be your new hair haven. With more volume than bounce, these masters of the backcomb will ensure your locks stay up and in place all night long.
THE DETAILS: Blow-Dry, Dhs150
TEL: (04) 3521333
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