this month, we got party-ready in record time with a Speedy hair and nail Session in Jbr, and tried two new tools that deliver Salon-style treatments at home.
We get preened in record time, and discover two new beauty gadgets for a salon experience at home.
Women on the Run at Pastels Salon.
WHO’S IT FOR?
Women (and men) who are pressed for time and need to get prepped for the party season.
The dubai social season is in full swing when I pull up to Pastels Salon at the Ritz-carlton dubai. I’ve just spent the afternoon on a boat (as you do), and now have less than two hours until I’m due to host an event, so as you can imagine I’m looking a little windswept and worse for wear. fortunately, I’m in good – and very quick – hands. I’ve booked in for the Women on the Run package, a box-ticking blend of body, hair and nail treatments designed for time-poor folks who could do with a bit of pampering.
I’m ushered straight into the massage suite, where the therapist goes to work on my neck and shoulders for 30 minutes. Next up, it’s over to the nail station, where two team members immediately start soaking, scrubbing and filing my hands and feet. Those messier details are taken care of here at the footbath, before the three of us decamp to the hair-washing station. Then, the mani-pedi continues at pace while a stylist steps in to wash my hair. Talk about a top-to-toe treatment. once the wash is complete, we make our way to the hairdressing section, where we’re joined by another stylist to help blow-dry my hair. So, at this stage I have four people simultaneously treating me, which all seems very over-the-top as I glance around the salon at the other women and their solo attendants. I’m sure the other clients have me pegged for a high-maintenance princess, but as my therapists help me into my shoes and out the door within 90 minutes of arriving, I don’t really have time to worry.
This may be a quick-smart session, but at no stage do the Pastels crew compromise on quality. My blow-dry is one of the best I’ve received in dubai, and my nails are still looking sharp a week later. Sure, you may feel slightly awkward from all the attention, but it’s a small price to pay for this supercharged service.
The first gear package (blow-dry, manicure and pedicure), starts at dhs370, and Top gear Perfection (root colour, blow-dry, manicure, pedicure, neck and shoulder massage), is from dhs765.
Pastels Salon, The Ritz-carlton, Dubai Marina, (04) 399 5016; Jumeirah Branch, (04) 388 3534; Mercato Mall Branch, (04) 344 7883, pastels-salon.com