Team Ahlan!'s Celebrity Hair Makeovers
THE STYLE: Feathered fringe, with waves and ombre tips
A-LIST INSPIRATION: Jessica Biel
TESTER: Group Editor Sarah
WHAT THE STYLIST SAID: “This season, the ombre look will be more subtle,” says my celeb stylist Maria Dowling. “Rather than a solid two-tone block of colour, the ends of hair will be softly highlighted, just like Jessica Biel’s.” The beauty of this colour is that it’s more natural looking, root-free and easy to grow out.
Maria also gave me fab tips on maintaining a fringe between salon visits: rather than trim horizontally, which puts you at risk of involuntarily giving yourself a diagonal ‘do, snip vertically into the fringe a millimetre at a time, working your way along it gradually – if you make a mistake it will only be on a few strands of hair, which won’t be seen among the bulk of the fringe.
The secret to getting the big curls is the Ritual M Curling Wand (Dhs375) from Maria’s own range, available at the salon. Maria can demonstrate how to use it when you’re there.
THE RESULT: This was a life-changing haircut. I’d been toying with the idea of getting a fringe for ages, but was too scared of the maintenance. As it turns out, my hair has never been so easy to style. The fringe is quite versatile; I can wear it blunt, swept to the side or flicked back. Plus Maria took all the dead weight out my locks and taught me how to tong them properly, meaning I can now do my own hair for big nights out. I’m still waiting for a phone call from Justin Timberlake, but my own hubby (who begged me not to get a fringe before I left for the salon) is actually very happy with the results.
INFO: Maria Dowling, Al Mina Road, Dubai, 04 345 4225, www.mariadowling.
THE STYLE: Blunt fringe and deep dark colour
A-LIST INSPIRATION: Camilla Belle
TESTER: Gourmet Editor Olivia
WHAT THE STYLIST SAID: “The darker colour will make your hair look glossy and healthy, and the blunt cut will make it look thicker,” says Senior Stylish Michelle. “The fringe will also help to frame your face.”
Michelle advised me to keep cutting my hair every six weeks to maintain the thick look and prevent straggly dead ends. As my hair tends to be dry, she recommended regular treatments to make sure my hair kept glossy and smooth. Michelle also suggested working some styling serum through the hair as this would help with the dryness and to keep the fringe smooth.
THE RESULT: I’ve had a very laissez faire attitude to hair in recent years so I was excited about committing to a definitive style. It wasn’t love at first sight with the fringe, but as it settled and became a little less blunt I was really pleased with how it looked, both with my hair down or up. I felt more grown up and sophisticated with the fringe and people complimented me. I preferred to wear it slightly tousled, which works because my hair is curly and doesn’t stay put without a cloud of hairspray and zero humidity. The fringe has worked as it’s grown out as I can wear it swept to the side. My one recommendation, if you’ve got a bit of frizz like me, do a Keratin straightening treatment prior to the cut as it’ll make the fringe much easier to manage.
INFO: Hair Works, Spinneys Centre, Umm Suqeim, hairwork@emirates.
THE STYLE: A sharp corporate bob
A-LIST INSPIRATION: Priyanka Chopra
TESTER: Senior Features Editor Lekha
WHAT THE STYLIST SAID: “Part your hair at the side and rather than sweep it backwards, sweep the hair across the face, and you will notice a huge change in your look,” advised my stylist Mona Al Amir. My hair is notoriously wavy and frizzy so getting a sharp, sleek cut a la Priyanka was a bit of a challenge for her. Her first task was to level the length and then chop off my unruly locks until the remainder neatly framed my face. The process required sacrificing at least two inches of my already short mane, but I decided to go for it.
The style was neat and the unusual choice of colour tint – purple – added drama. “Purple works because it blends well with jet black hair giving it just the right amount of sheen, softness and funk,” said Mona, who also suggested a Brazilian blow-out treatment to maintain this shiny, poker-straight style.
COST: Dhs400 for the cut and colour, Dhs1,500 for Brazilian blow-out.
THE RESULT: I was initially sceptical about losing my volume but this cut has been a revelation. Not only does it knock off a few years off my face, it actually sharpens my features. The biggest advantage of this style is its versatility. I can apply mousse and scrunch it, blow-dry it to keep it straight or leave it naturally wavy. Either way, I’m happy to channel my inner Priyanka Chopra! Bollywood, here I come!
INFO: Tips & Toes, Business Bay, Shop G-18, Executive Tower, firstname.lastname@example.org, 04 369 7371, www.tipsandtoes.com.
THE STYLE: A layered cut with soft sun-kissed highlights
A-LIST INSPIRATION: Twilight’s Ashley Greene
TESTER: Group Picture Editor Emma
WHAT THE STYLIST SAID: The Ashley Greene style was quite a bit shorter than my usual ‘do with long layers that would add volume and be easier to blow-dry in the mornings. My stylist, Gerogie, used four different shades of colour in my hair and made the roots slightly darker so it would look more natural like Ashley’s and regrowth would be less noticeable. This means I could go longer between salon visits, so it’s perfect for girls on a budget.
Two very important tips I learned on how to recreate the style was to blow-dry the hair in very small sections at a time and do it when still very wet to minimise frizz. Keep a water spray gun handy when drying to wet each section through if you need to for optimum results.
THE RESULT: I have yet to be mistaken for Ashley Greene (I’ll need more than a new hairdo for that), but I have had lots of comments on how amazing my hair looks. I’ve always been a bit afraid of highlights and thought that darker hair suited me, but being lighter has made my complexion look brighter.
INFO: Pastels Salon, Villa 20, Al Wasl Road, 04 388 3534, www.pastels-salon.com.