Finding the perfect hair salon can often lead to a few bad cuts or colors along the way. Trust us, we’ve been there. When you find the one, however, it’s all worth it. Each housing some of the most talented artists in the region, we round up the Dubai salons that get the Vogue seal of approval.
With fans that range from the Duchess of Cambridge to Kate Moss, hairstylist Rossano Ferretti has created a cut like no other. Dubbed “The Method”, the innovative technique looks at the way each individual’s hair naturally falls. From Ferretti himself, who visits the region several times a year, to one of his highly trained stylists, each customer’s needs and requests are taken into consideration before they get to work. Adding volume and movement to even the thinnest of locks, the custom cut involves sweeping snips, and a pair of specially designed texturizing scissors that cut up to 18% of your hair instead of a traditional pair, which cut up to 30%.
After a blow dry worthy of any runway, using Rossano Ferretti products, your hair will feel lighter without compromising on thickness and volume. Listening carefully to each individual means when you get home, your stylist has created a cut that you can work with day to day. As for the salon, located in the heart of Jumeirah, the setting is elegant and chic. Blacked-oak walls are dotted with monochrome pictures, marble lines the floors, and glossy black and leather furniture add to the luxe feel. VIP rooms are also available for those looking for a little more privacy. As well as hair treatments and coloring, the salon also offers manicures, pedicures, and nail enhancements among waxing and threading to tick all of your pampering boxes.
The Method cut and blow dry by a Rossano Ferretti stylist starts from SAR/AED 450 ($122).
With a household name that’s revered across the globe, Toni & Guy is known for its cuts both on and off the runway. Over 50 years of experience ensures some of the best customer service in the city – and, with a focus on education, some of the best stylists too. Started in 1963 by brothers Toni and Guy Mascolo, the brand now has over 475 salons in 48 countries. The latest to reach the shores of Dubai – and the third in the city – is located on the Palm at Dukes Hotel. With large windows that frame stunning views of the surrounding marina, the salon is filled with natural light offering the perfect space for cuts and color.
If you’re looking for a sleek style, Toni & Guy is the expert. Blending together British precision with Italian style, its aesthetic means those looking for a daring chop are in safe hands. Working with award-winning formulas from label.m, locks are brought back to life with naturally sourced ingredients, essential oils, and the latest hair technology.
A cut and blow-dry with a stylist starts from SAR/AED 345 ($93).
An icon within the world of hair, Trevor Sorbie has more than 50 years of experience within the industry. Finally setting up shop in Dubai this year, his salon has already become a firm favorite within the community. Famed for his technical ability and unique way of thinking, Sorbie’s philosophy is about “taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary”. Regardless of how talented his hairdressers are upon hiring, each one still has to undergo rigorous Trevor Sorbie training, ensuring every client receives the highest quality of service. Selecting some of his most talented stylists from across his salons in the UK, they have been flown over to prove exactly this.
Offering a customized service, each client’s hair type and lifestyle is taken into consideration before a style is agreed upon. From layering to color, the knowledgeable artists are not only talented but friendly too. Taking that extra step, they even offer tips on how to recreate the look at home. Located at the Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall, the salon itself is urban yet chic. Open from 10am to midnight, seven days a week, it offers those with a busy lifestyle the ability to have picture-perfect hair whatever their schedule.
A cut and blow-dry with a stylist starts from SAR/AED 370 ($100).
Dubbed the “Queen of Color”, Maria Dowling has been a firm favorite on the region’s hair circuit for almost 20 years. Truly understanding what women want, she has created a space where her clients cannot only leave with a fresh style but can relax during the experience too. It’s no wonder the space was named Salon of the Year 2018 at the Professional Beauty GCC Awards. With a team of internationally trained stylists and colorists, each treatment offers a one-to-one experience, ensuring every customer leaves feeling their best.
Custom-designed chairs and natural light offer the perfect setting for updating your ‘do. With a team of friendly staff members, customers feel instantly at home, so you can see why Dowling has kept such a big flock of loyal fans. Ever striving to offer the best treatments possible, Dowling has also created her very own hair and scalp mask. Formulated to offer deep cleansing, it assists hair in recovering from daily stresses with instant results.
A cut and finish by Maria Dowling starts at approximately SAR/AED 410 (US$112), with a cut by one of her stylists starting from SAR/AED 340 ($92).
One of the region’s most sought-after salons, Pastels is known for serving up some seriously stylish haircuts and colors. Not afraid to step out of the box, owners Steve Chan and Ruksher Malik lead a team of highly trained artists, who each adapt the latest trends for their loyal customer base. With four international artists hosted by Pastels every year, the salon ensures techniques are kept up to date, and they are ahead of the game.
With three salons – Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, and The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai Marina – it doesn’t matter what side of the city you find yourself on. With a buzzy, modern feel, the salons also offer packages for women on the run. Understanding that their clients don’t always have time to sit around and pamper themselves, Pastels have created a range of packages that include express beauty treatments for those who want to look their best in a short period of time.
A cut and blow-dry with a junior stylist starts from SAR/AED 210 ($57).