The UAE's Best Beauty Salons

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Sunday , 29 January 2017
The UAE's Best Beauty Salons
The Essie Gel Couture collection is now available at Pastels Salon. Essie polish is known for being kinder to nails, and the Gel Couture collection is chip-resistent.

BE BAR

Choose from 10 on-trend styles at this blow-dry bar that also offers braids and up-dos. They offer all manner of hair treats, including Brazilian blow-outs, great to hydrate your hair. You’ll also get to enjoy refreshments and tuck into various flavours of popcorn as you get pampered. Love! INFO: Blow-dry Dhs150-Dhs220; Villa 594, Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 321 2348, mybebar.com

BELLE FEMME

With regular guest hair gurus, including the legendary Jen Atkin, who styles the Kardashians’ locks, this salon offers A-list hair and beauty services. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs100-Dhs200, branches at Business Bay, Jumeirah 3, Arabian Ranches 2 and The Walk at JBR, 800 BELLE (23553), bellefemmeme.com

BDB BLODRYBAR

More than a blow-dry bar, this place also offers cuts, colouring, threading, brow tinting and shaping, make-up application, treatments, braids and up-dos. INFO: All blow-dries Dhs120, 108 Apex Atrium, Motor City, 04 447 3826, blodrybardxb.com

BLOWOUT BAR

Blow-dries, braids, up-dos, extensions and treatments for hair are the focus, but you can also have mani/pedis in standard or Gelish lacquer, threading, as well as eyelash and brow treatments. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs110-Dhs140, Golden Mile Galleria, Building 10, Palm Jumeirah, 800 256 9688, blowoutbar.ae

CHLOE’S BEAUTY, HAIR & NAILS

From the founders of the Entertainer app, this salon offers everything from blow-dries and mani/pedis to waxes, plus the must-try Olaplex hair treatment to give your tresses some strength. There are early opening hours and a super-cute dedicated kids’ section too. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs80-Dhs150, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, 04 338 4884, chloesuae.com

COLOUR MASTERS DUBAI

Blonde highlights are the house speciality here. INFO: From Dhs350 for half head of highlights (cut and blow-dry costs an additional Dhs300). The Jewels Tower 2, Level B1, Dubai Marina, 04 434 3535

FORMUL’A FRENCH HAIRDRESSING ACADEMY

Under expert tuition, trainee stylists practice their skills, offering willing guinea pigs free haircuts and cut-price colouring. INFO: Colour from Dhs100; Block 11, Knowledge Village, 04 438 0122, hb-academy.ae

HELLO KITTY BEAUTY SPA

Hair, nails, make-up, lashes, facials, waxing, massages and even hammams are on offer at this salon catering to both women and “little princesses” – kids will love the kitsch theme – but check ahead for prices as they aren’t listed online. INFO: Town Centre Jumeirah, 04 344 9598, Dubai Mall, 04 325 3759, hellokittybeautyspa.com

JETSET

With a vintage aviation theme, JetSet offers all hair services and treatments, and has visiting celebrity stylists, such as Negin Zand, who made her name giving Jennifer Aniston balayage locks. This spot’s also great for its Keratin Control treatment, which relaxes unruly and unmanageable locks, leaving them frizz-free and straight – cutting your styling time in half! Additionally, you can get Olaplex treatments done here, too. INFO: Grosvenor House Hotel, 04 399 5005; Palm Strip Mall, 04 386 8604; Emirates Towers Boulevard, 04 330 0886, jetsetuae.com

KOZMA & KOZMA

This beauty salon-meets mocktail bar and retro candy store offers all the usual suspects, plus playful treatments such as unicorn pedicures, and niche services such as curly hair cutting. INFO: Blow-dries Dhs100-Dhs125, Al Wasl Road, 056 554 4534, unitedemirates.kozmaandkozma.com

MARIADOWLING

The Middle East’s ‘Queen of Colour’ needs no introduction to style-savvy UAE residents, and she’s amazing at cuts, too – book well in advance to get Maria herself. INFO: Blow-dries Dhs190-Dhs220, Al Mina Road, Satwa, Dubai, 04 345 4225, mariadowling.com

N.BAR

From the team behind JetSet, this nail salon also offers waxing and threading all around town. Providing a chilled space to unwind, add a head, neck and shoulder massage to your mani for the ultimate relaxation. INFO: Dhs150 for classic mani-pedi, multiple locations including Grosvenor House Hotel, Palm Strip Mall, City Walk, Ibn Battuta Mall, 800 NBAR (6227), nbaruae.com

NSTYLE BEAUTY LOUNGE

Primarily a nail salon, some branches of this popular chain also offer hairstyling services, as well as massages, facials, and waxing. INFO: Basic manicure Dhs80; multiple locations including Arabian Ranches, Dubai Marina Mall, City Centre Deira, DIFC, The Dubai Mall, JBR, City Centre Mirdif, 04 341 3300, nstyleintl.com

PASTELS SALON

Hair, nails, make-up and tanning services are on the menu at this salon with the comfiest hair-washing chairs in town – they fully recline! INFO: Villa 873, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, 04 388 3534; The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, 04 399 5016; Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, 04 344 7883, pastels-salon.com

ROBERT ALEXANDER SALON

A salon specialising in hair extensions and special-occasion styling and up-dos. This spot also offers a classic cut and colour, as well as manicures and pedicures. INFO: Haircuts from Dhs230, Media Rotana, Barsha Heights, 04 439 3537

SALON INK

The enigmatic Kelly Cyndrowski and Sharon Anderson are the co-owners and creative directors behind this brilliant hair salon offering cuts, rainbow colouring and the popular Easilocks extensions. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs135-Dhs215, temporary location at Shop 104, Al Shafar 7 Building (SOS Beauty Salon), Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, 04 385 4402, saloninkdubai.com

SISTERS BEAUTY LOUNGE

Catering to all your beauty needs under one roof, Sisters offers hairdressing, nail care, hair removal and facials, massage, eye brow and lash treatments and body treatments. INFO: Manicure Dhs85, Mall of the Emirates, 04 379 2992; The Dubai Mall, 04 339 8500; City Centre Mirdif, 04 284 3554; Al Bateen Villa Abu Dhabi, 02 222 2501/02 222 2502, St Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche, 02 621 0044, sistersbeautylounge.com

SOH

Nail art, body art and hair art are on the menu here so expect far more creative services than in standard salons, such as having images painted on your styled hairdo (from Dhs100 for 30 minutes). INFO: Manicure from Dhs45, Galleria Mall, Dubai, 04 344 4147, soh.ae

THE CURE

A fab little pair of salons with friendly staff offering key beauty services from blow-dries to massages and manicures. INFO: Building 10, Dubai Media City, 04 391 6485, 050 882 4600, Green Community, 04 883 0818, thecure.ae

THE DOLLHOUSE

Mona Kattan – part of the Huda Beauty empire and sister to Huda Kattan – is one half of the management at this stylish salon with a huge list of hair and nail services, plus waxing, threading and tanning. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs70-200, Jumeirah branch, 04 385 4484, Al Barsha branch, 04 347 3395, thedollhousedubai.com

THE LOFT FIFTH AVENUE

It’s all about the locks with this specialist hairdressing chain, with multiple branches in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is open to men and women. INFO: Blow-dry Dhs100-Dhs180, multiple locations including Dubai Mall and Yas Mall, 800 THELOFT (8435638), theloft5thavenue.com

Ahlan!’s Sarah tried pink and gold Bio Sculpture evo2 polish at The Nail Spa – it was totally chip-proof!

THE NAIL SPA

Possibly the best nail art specialist in the region (where else can you get a stag’s head attached to your talons?), this good-looking chain also serves up waxes, facials, massages and slimming treatments. INFO: Manicure from Dhs90, multiple locations including Arabian Ranches Golf Club,  Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Meadows Town Centre, Mercato Mall, 600 544 001, thenailspa.com

Ahlan! Art Director Gill models the wide selection of purples available at Tips & Toes – it’s the salon’s signature hue and their preferred polish brand is Tito.

TIPS & TOES

With branches in almost every emirate this is the region’s most prolific beauty chain, specialising in nail treatments with Tito or Gelish nail polish but also offering several face and body treatments, including lash extensions and LPG slimming courses. INFO: Manicure from Dhs70, multiple locations, each salon has its own telephone number, see tipsandtoes.com for details

TONI&GUY

The multiple branches of this well-known hairdressing chain are open to both men and women. INFO: Haircuts from Dhs345 for women, Dhs275 for men; DIFC, 04 330 3345, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 04 324 4900, toniandguyuae.com

Assistant Editor Surena had her gel nail extensions and chrome polish applied at wonderful We Nails.

WE NAILS

Stunning salon owner Neda Weaving is onsite ensuring all services are perfect. This is where we get our on-trend chrome-effect mani/pedis and the best gel extensions in Dubai. You can get hair services, waxing, massages and more, too, all for reasonable prices. Tell her we sent you!  INFO: Skyview Tower, Dubai Marina, 04 452 8226, wenails.ae

WHITE ROOM

We love the top-quality hair, body and nail services here, but most of all we love the price of blow-dries, which is just Dhs60, no matter how long your hair is. If there was one on every corner, all other blow-dry bars would be out of business! INFO: Al Seef Tower 3, JLT, Dubai, 04 422 8997; Uptown Motor City, Dubai, 04 431 3161; Marina Plaza, Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 442 1110, whiteroomdubai.co

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