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Celebrity Hair Makeover

27 Oct 2014

When two of Hollywood’s most popular hairdressers visited Dubai’s Belle Femme salon, team Ahlan! got itself some A-list hair treatment!


Lindsay Judge, Ahlan! Fashion & Beauty Editor, as Kate Beckinsale
Hairdresser: Tracey Cunningham
Celebrity clients: Cameron Diaz, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, Drew Barrymore and Nicole Kidman
The Treatment: I've tried every hair shade going, but when I heard celebrity colourist Tracy Cunningham was here in the UAE for three days only I had to get booked in for a makeover on my barnet! Tracey has coloured the tresses of everyone from Cameron Diaz to Emma Stone to Gwyneth Paltrow, and she even gave Jessica Biel her stunning ombré locks. While Tracey told us she doesn't have a favourite tone or style of hair colouring, ombré is still by far the most popular look, with most ladies wanting a natural colour. I was after Kate Beckinsale's soft highlighted locks to make my hair a shade lighter in a natural way. First, Tracey added blonde highlights to the bottom of my hair to give a light ombré effect. After this was washed out, she added a gloss, or toner, to give the blonde a golden tone. Once the toner was washed off, Tracey applied a warm caramel brown dye to my roots, and an intense treatment to get rid of my dry ends. Finally I was given a sleek blow-dry and Hollywood curls, which were created with wide-drum tongs. Voila!
The Results: I love my new 'do. While the change is subtle, I love the way the colour is noticeable as it catches the light. I feel ready for the red carpet!

Jennifer Lopez

Gillian Fletcher, Ahlan! Art Editor, as Jennifer Lopez
Hairdresser: Jen Atkin
Celebrity clients: Khloé Kardashian, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Zooey Deschanel and
Kristen Stewart
The Treatment: I have a constant battle with my hair as it's so curly and hard to manage. While I don't want a permanent keratin treatment on my hair, I do like to wear it straight every so often, so I wanted Jen to create a style that could be worn both ways. I love JLo's heavily layered tresses, but while Jen said she could style my hair in that way, my layers would have to be longer than hers so I could wear it curly too. Jen has worked with Jennifer Lopez herself, and actually styled Khloé Kardashian's hair while she was here in the UAE, so I knew I was in safe hands! Jen decided she would cut my hair dry so she could see the shape as my tight curls pinged back. She told me cutting curly hair was very different to cutting straight hair. Once she'd finished the cut, Jen gave me a sleek blow-dry and then curled the ends of my hair with tongs. The makeover was complete!
The Results: It was so nice to have a completely different look, and even after my hair was back to its usual wavy state, the cut was great and really easy to handle. Thanks, Jen!

Info: Jen and Tracey will be back at Belle Femme Beauty Salon early next year. Book early to avoid disappointment!