The lowdown: I’ve only dyed my hair twice and the last attempt to lighten my dark brown locks resulted in bleached out ends and subsequent frizz.

Thankfully the team at Salon Ink are experts; inspecting my hair and politely refraining from the usual hairdresser banter: “Who did this to do you?”

Instead the stylist asks about colours you favour and discusses realistic options according to your natural hair colour and skin tone.

Once a colour has been agreed on, the rest is a scientific extravaganza as the stylist skillfully mixes up solutions and strategically applies it to select strands and sections of hair.

Results: A few hours later, one magazine read and two lattes drank; the towel is removed to reveal softer tones and healthier looking hair. After a quick trim to rid of split ends and a quick tidy up of a grown out fringe, the results are advert-worthy.

Top tip: The ladies here really know their stuff so don’t be afraid to ask questions. From hairstyles and trends to treatment and products they offer honest opinions and exert knowledge. It’s rare to find hairdressers in this region who know what you’re talking about so take advantage.

Best for: Expert hair colouring and cutting just as you want it. No shock or unpleasant surprises.

The salon: Salon Ink has been around for five years in the UAE but moved to its new address in July. Its prime spot opposite Jumeirah Beach Park allows for stunning views from it floor-to-ceiling windows.

There is a fabulous laid-back vibe thanks to its incredibly friendly owners: Aussie chicks Kelly Cyndrowki and Sharon Anderson who welcome you not as a client but as a friend.

As if that wasn’t enough, the coffee, which gives Nespresso a run for its money, comes with wafer chocolate biscuits – now that’s a great USP.

Location: Salon Ink, Jumeirah Beach Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Details:, (04) 3854402

Price: Style cut starts from Dhs280 and colour starts from Dhs300

EW’s Deputy Editor Alexandria before & after