TREAT­MENT TRY­OUT

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.

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We get preened in record time, and dis­cover two new beauty gad­gets for a sa­lon ex­pe­ri­ence at home.

THE TREAT­MENT

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 EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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.

THE TREAT­MENTS

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.

THE VER­DICT

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.

COST

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

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