Omg I love your hair/nails/eyebrows/lashes where do you get them done? This is often the first question when a group of girls meet for lunch/you walk into a new office/bump into a frenemy. We are here to help with our favourite salon hotpots, the who’s who, and some cheeky discount codes (don’t tell the frenemy).
If you are looking for cheap and cheerful we would recommend The White Room. We go to the branch in Motor City and always ask for Leila, she can have our Founder Frankie in and out an hour, and that deserves some sort of Award status as Frankie has A LOT of hair, on her head (we wanted to specify that so you don’t picture a yeti).
Location: Motor City
Price: 70 AED for a blow-dry.
YIN YANG SALON : ESSEX MEETS LIVERPOOL; THE DREAM
If you are looking for something a little more robust (i.e. a blow that will last a few days), and are happy to spend a little more, the girls in Yin Yang salon are, as above, THE DREAM. Yin Yang have mastered the perfect salon mix; add the two best blow-dry destinations in the U.K. (the Founder of the salon is from Essex, and Vanessa who did our hair this weekend is from Liverpool – Essex meets Liverpool is blow-dry gold), add a little bit of Marbella with Megan from Golden Tarts (if you know, you know) and BAM, you have the perfect bouncy blow.
Price: 150 AED for a bouncy blow / 300 AED for blow-dry, and makeup.
BE BAR : FOR BRAIDS
Drai’s, Soho Garden, Nikki Beach, Blue Marlin, we are spoilt for choice for day time drinking beach clubs at the moment, and did you really go to beach club if you didn’t get your hair braided? We don’t believe you. Be Bar on Jumeriah Beach Road is well worth the visit, not only for the most Instagrammable door in Dubai, but also for Sharjah, the Queen Bee of Braid’s.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1
Price: Only 40 AED for braids (amazing), adding curls is 80 AED (with a wash 158 AED)
YIN YANG SALON : CLAWS TO RIVAL CAT WOMAN
We love a good talon. Especially one in a nude hue. Makes us feel more powerful. Thankfully, Yin Yang Salon totally get us.
Price: only 199 AED for the extensions with normal polish (plus gel on top, which is an additional cost of 25 AED)
TIPS & TOES : ALL ABOUT THEM TIPS
Our favourite branch is the Al Barsha branch. The big cushioned chairs are major chair goals for getting nail extensions, because it takes 3 years!! Okay, maybe 2 hours, but it feels like you may never get out. Needs must girls! Tips & Toes make it that little bit easier for you with cosy chairs to settle in for the night. Take Netflix on your phone. Our TIP of the day (see what we did there).
Location: Al Barsha
THE CURE : THE CURE FOR BORING SALONS
Another Instagrammable salon! Why else would you go to the salon? We go to the branch in Media City (watch out for the parking). With flowers everywhere, including a flower wall, The Cure is 100% the cure for boring salons. The small details in this salon make the experience absolutely adorable, from an infused water/juice menu on arrival, to headphones for you to watch Friends on a screen in front of you while you get your nails extended (2 hours doesn’t feel like 3 years here).
Location: Media City
Price: gel extensions 200 AED
BROWZ : TWO WORDS, CHLOE, WALSH
There is no one else in Dubai we would trust with tattooing our brows. IMAGINE if that went wrong. Don’t imagine, doesn’t bare thinking about. Chloe Walsh at Browz in The Mall is your girl. We’ve talked about Chloe before.
The clue is in the name; Browz is also the place for shaping, sculpting, plucking, tweezing. General eyebrow art.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3
Price: HD Brows 300 AED for 30 minutes, Semi Permanent brows +3,000 AED for 60-90 minutes
THE NORTHERN QUARTER : OUR GO-TO LASH LADIES
As a British expat, as soon as you walk into this salon you immediately feel at home. We love the shabby chic interiors, and friendliest salon girl-gang that in seconds feel like your besties. Founders Sheryl & Kim both still work in the salon, and know everything about your eyelash preferences, how you take your tea, how your Grandma is doing at home, and how many babies you plan to have by the time you at 40 from your last visit. Where else in Dubai do you get that kind of salon relationship? Besties.
Price: Individual lash extensions 370 AED, Russian Volume lashes 530 AED Use code SSxTNQ for 10% off
THE CURE : LASH NAPS
Lash naps are a genuine thing. A genius genuine thing. The Cure make this so much easier with a duvet for you to snuggle under whilst you get your lashes done! We have definitely been known to wake ourselves up with a little snore. Awkward.
Location: Media City
Price: 350 AED full set
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
THE DENTAL SPA : THE CLUE IS NOT IN THE NAME
Although their machine is currently out of order, we are patiently waiting to return to dolphin status. Laser hair removal is life changing when you live in a city that involves you wearing a bikini at the weekend. They advise 6-8 sessions every 4-6 weeks, but this completely depends person to person.
Location: Jumeria Rd
Price: bikini 400 AED, half legs 500 AED, full legs 900 AED, underarms 200 AED
SPRAY TAN : OUR GOLDEN GIRL
We may have been a little bit cocky last weekend and asked for DARK Fake Bake, which was hilarious on the girls group chat videos, but lesson learnt, and we’ve gone back to our normal Fake Bake shade. Fake Bake Dubai come to your house, which is the dream for our hectic Dubai lives, and is in and out in 30 minutes leaving you looking a little dirty from the offset, but the next day super golden. We’re tempted to get one weekly. Safety first.
Location: Your home (yay)
Price: 150 AED. Use code SSxFB for 50 AED discount