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Best Tressed: 10 Hair Tips Every Woman Should Follow

Because no day should be a bad hair day!

As a hairdresser, I always say, “Our hair is like a piece of silk, and we need to look after it.“ Here are some of my easy tips to make sure that you’re giving your hair the love that it deserves, leaving it looking fabulous in between every salon visit.

1. Choose the Right Shampoo

When choosing a shampoo, pick one that suits your scalp. For example, if you have an oily scalp, choose a shampoo for oily hair. And if you have dry hair, pick a shampoo for dry hair. I prefer the Kerastase range, which includes a shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends that I absolutely love as a lot of people have that combination.

2. Concentrate Your Shampoo on the Right Area

When shampooing, the shampoo should be concentrated on your scalp. When you rinse off the shampoo, that’s enough to clean the rest of your hair. Washing the length of your hair and the ends can strip moisture and cause your hair to become dull and dry, so focus on your scalp – you’ll also end up using less product by doing that.

3. Use Conditioner Correctly

I’m sure everyone knows that we should use conditioner, but where should it go? Conditioner should be applied to the mid-length and ends of your hair – unless your scalp is very dry. In general, most people have a normal or oily scalp, so if you apply the conditioner on the scalp, it will make it heavy and it will become oilier. I always start by applying most of the conditioner near the ends of my hair, then work my way up to the mid-length. And when there is very little left on my hands, I go around to the front. 

4. Detox Your Scalp

Detox Your Scalp

Just like your skin, your scalp also needs regular detoxing and exfoliating as you can have a build-up of products and dandruff. It also works as a general feel-good maintenance programme. I recommend the mariadowling Hair & Scalp Clay as it detoxifies the hair and conditions it at the same time, leaving your hair looking fabulous, clean, and shiny.

5. Treat Yourself

I get asked all the time about deep-conditioning treatments and if everyone needs to do it, and the answer is always a ‘yes’. We all need hair treatments as most of us have colour-treated hair, use styling tools like styling wands and irons, or simply have weak hair. Everyone has a hair concern. 

It’s recommended to have an in-salon treatment as professional treatments can be more intense and specifically tailored to meet your hair’s requirements. It’s important to continue with follow-up treatments at home, depending on how often you shampoo. I generally recommend once a week to maintain the results. 

6. Take a Cool Rinse 

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We all love a hot shower, especially in wintertime, but this can strip your hair of essential oils and leave it looking dry. I recommend having your last rinse with cool or cold water as it will close the hair cuticles and give your hair extra shine. 

7. Towel-Dry Differently

After you’ve washed your hair, it seems obvious to get a towel and harshly rub your hair to remove excess water before styling – but that’s where you’re wrong. After you finish washing your hair, squeeze a lot of the excess water out with your hands, then get a towel or an old cotton T-shirt (it can even be a softer fabric) and gently pat the hair until it’s dry enough to style.

8. Reverse Comb Your Hair

Wet hair breaks more easily, so it’s better to use a wide-tooth comb rather than a brush after your shower. Be sure to comb your hair starting from the ends, then gradually work your way back up to your roots. Wet hair can be quite fragile, so be gentle. 

9. Protect Your Hair When Styling

Today, we can achieve salon-looking hair at home by ourselves with the help of heated tools like irons and styling wands. But again, if you don’t protect your hair, you’ll quickly have problems like split ends. Hot tip: all styling tools must be used on dry hair (except the new Dyson curling tool, which can be used on damp hair). Be sure to apply a heat protector before blow-drying or heat-styling – this is one of the most important things to do before styling your hair.

10. Use Styling Tools Correctly 

When styling, keep your tools on a low temperature setting. If you want to practise a new styling technique, try it first with the iron turned off as it always takes a few tries to figure it out – it’s not always as easy as it seems on YouTube!  


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40 Powerful Quotes to Celebrate Your Inner Beauty

Beauty inspiration from the inside out.

We all have moments when we don’t feel our best. Maybe you had a bad day at work or didn’t get the result you wanted. When these things happen, it’s easy to start focusing on our outer appearance and how it doesn’t measure up to your expectations. What if I tell you to consider this: instead of trying to change how you look on the outside, you can refocus your mindset by celebrating your inner beauty.

But how specifically can you channel your inner gorgeousness? Start by accepting compliments graciously. Instead of downplaying a compliment or shrugging it off, confidently smile and say, “Thank you!” This helps you see the positive things that others see in you and reinforces your self-worth. 

Another way to increase self-confidence is by practising positive affirmations. These can be short statements like “I am beautiful” or “I am worthy”. Repeating these phrases to yourself daily can help train your brain to focus on the positive and ignore negative self-talk. Finally, don’t be afraid to show your inner beauty to the world! Do whatever makes you feel confident – the more you exude inner beauty, the more others will see it.

Inner beauty is about self-confidence and being empowered. It’s about knowing your worth and being proud of who you are! In a world where beauty is often defined by what’s on the outside, it’s refreshing to read quotes that celebrate the beauty of your inner self. Here, we’ve collected 40 of our favourite quotes to help you appreciate your unique beauty. Whether you’re dealing with insecurities or need a little boost of confidence, they will remind you that true beauty comes from within.

  1. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” – Sophia Loren
  2. “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” – Coco Chanel
  3. “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
  4. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran
  5. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres

  1. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  2. “Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.” – Janelle Monae
  3. “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
  5. “A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.” – Anne Roiphe

  1. “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “What you do, the way you think makes you beautiful.” – Scott Westerfeld
  3. “I’m convinced that inner beauty radiates from within, making someone even more attractive.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  4. “Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.” – Priscilla Presley
  5. “I think the definition of beauty is somebody who’s comfortable in their own skin and celebrates that they’re unique and different.” – Drew Barrymore

  1. “The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care, and we are responsible for its preservation.” – Katherine Anne Porter
  2. “Outer beauty turns the head, but inner beauty turns the heart.” – Helen J. Russell
  3. “Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” – Rumi
  4. “True beauty resides within a good heart, not in superficial things like hair, makeup, or clothes.” – Unknown
  5. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault

  1. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place in which love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “Beauty is not about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly a pretty soul.” – Unknown
  3. “Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” – Golda Poretsky
  4. “Beauty lies not in a flawless complexion but in the stories that are told by each transitioning line on a woman’s face.” – Alyscia Cunningham
  5. To me, beauty is natural beauty. If you’re naturally yourself, you’re beautiful.” – Young MA

  1. “Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies consistently prove it.” – Helen Fisher
  2. “To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.” – Eleanor Catton
  3. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  4. “I love natural beauty, and I think it’s your best look, but I think makeup as an artist is so transformative.” – Marina and the Diamonds
  5. “Being natural is incredibly empowering for women because it’s just who you are. You’re embracing all the beautiful things about you from your head to your toes. Because when you mask so much of your natural beauty, people don’t get to see that.” – Rozonda Thomas

  1. “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” – John O’Donohue
  2. “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” – Kate Angell
  3. “A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.” – J. S. B. Morse
  4. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault
  5. “We see the beauty within and cannot say no.” – Dave Eggers

  1. “True beauty is when someone radiates that they like themselves.” – Aimee Mullins
  2. “Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.” – George W. Russell
  3. “Beauty lives with kindness.” – William Shakespeare
  4. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  5. “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray

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Best Hair Salons in Dubai

Best Tressed: 10 Top Hair Salons in Dubai

Find your perfect match.

Your hair is your crowning glory. First impressions are essential, and your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. Well-groomed hair can make you look more professional and put together, which is why it is vital to make sure it looks its best. A good hair salon can help you achieve this, giving you a hairstyle that complements your features and makes you look more stylish.

Additionally, a good hair salon can also make sure your hair is healthy and free from damage. The good news is that there are countless hair salons in Dubai – but not all are created equal. So, if you are looking for the best hair salons in Dubai, you’ve come to the right place. Read on.

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1. Chalk Salon

Chalk Salon is a high-end hair salon for men and women, providing high-quality services and products in a vibrant environment that mixes amazing looks, music, and art. Whether you’re looking for a simple trim or a complete overhaul, the highly experienced hair stylists will work with you to find the perfect style to suit your needs. In addition to haircuts and styling, they also offer various other services such as blowdry, hair extensions, and keratin treatment. They also sell a range of high-quality hair care products so you can continue to enjoy great-looking tresses long after your visit.

Chalk Salon, Warehouse 63, Alserkal Avenue, 04 346 6284, chalk.ae

2. Highlight Salon

Highlight Salon is next on our list of the best hair salons in Dubai. This award-winning independent salon focuses on providing healthy hair care services that leave you looking and feeling your best. It uses some of the best products available in the beauty business today to get the healthiest, most beautiful hair results imaginable. The hairdressers and hair stylists are highly trained and experienced, and they will work with you to find the perfect style for your unique features.

Highlight Salon, The Canvas Hotel Dubai MGallery Hotel Collection, 055 914 6009, highlight.salon

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3. MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon

MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon provides high-quality services to all of its clients, regardless of what treatment you’re after. They understand that every client is unique, and they take the time to listen to your individual needs to provide the best possible service. Whether you’re looking for a simple cut or a complete makeover, this salon will work with you to achieve the look you’re after. The hairdressers and hair stylists are constantly updated on the latest trends, so you can be sure you’re getting the latest styles. 

MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon, 18 A St – Al Karama, 056 729 9099, mucrystalsalon.com

4. Rami Jabali Hair Salon

Rami Jabari Salon has built a strong and passionate clientele, thanks to a dedicated team of international hairdressers, colourists, blonde experts, hair extension specialists, and top-notch technicians. Guests can tame their locks with various services provided by the experienced and internationally trained stylists at this salon. Expert cuts and colours, styling and highlights, hair extensions, and innovative treatments like keratin are available.

Rami Jabali Hair Salon, W Hotel Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, 04 363 0369, ramijabali.com

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5. Mariadowling

Mariadowling Salon is one of the most renowned hairdressing spaces in Dubai. The salon offers a unique and comfortable atmosphere, perfect if you want to relax and get your hair done right. The staff of globally educated colourists and hair stylists are managed by Creative Director and ‘Queen of Colour’ Maria Dowling, ensuring that you will receive the best possible service. With a commitment to customer satisfaction, Mariadowling Salon continues to be the Middle East’s premier destination for all your hairdressing needs.

Mariadowling, Al Meena Residence, Al Mina St, 04 345 4225, mariadowling.com

6. Hair by Pierre

Located in Dubai Marina, Hair by Pierre is a leading hair and beauty destination for ladies who want to feel pampered. Its treatments are always tailored to you, and they want you to leave the salon feeling and looking great every time. Your hair stylist will carefully select and evaluates the products used, so you can be confident you’re receiving the best possible treatment. The salon also offers honest advice on the best products to manage your hair at home, with their bestselling products available at the salon and on its website.

Hair by Pierre, Damac Heights, Retail Unit 1. Ground Floor, 04 399 8839, hairbypierre.com

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7. Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon

Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon is a one-stop-shop for all your hair needs. Their experienced hairdressers and hair stylists can give you the perfect cut, colour, and style to suit your individual needs. As for those times when you want to make a little extra effort? Ashwina also offers hair extensions. Whatever you need, their friendly team will be able to help.

Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon, 27 Al Mankhool Rd, Al Raffa, 04 351 7005, ashwinasalon.com

8. Beauty Trend Salon

The diverse team of hairdressers and hair stylists at Beauty Trend Salon is dedicated to providing excellent service accented by cutting-edge spa and salon technology and products. The salon feels that a woman’s essence is beauty, and their skilled team and tools promise to make a difference. This is the salon where you can relax, get pampered, and get all of your services completed in one space – haircuts, blowdrys, hair colour, keratin treatments, and hair extensions included.

Beauty Trend Salon, Lavender 2 Emirates Gardens, 16 Street, 04 369 9352, beautytrendsalon.com

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9. Y12 Salon

Y12 Salon has been one of the most trusted salons in DIFC since 2012. They offer a wide range of services for both men and women, including hairdressing, hair styling, and hair extensions. The salon’s talented team of hairdressers and hair stylists is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service. Whether you are looking for a new style or simply looking to maintain your current look, they guarantee that you will be satisfied with your experience.

Y12 Salon, Level 1, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, 800 91, y12salon.com

10. THT – That Hair Tho

THT is not only a place for a great new hair cut or colour – it’s also a place to discover the latest trends in vegan hair care. That’s right. The salon offers a range of vegan treatments that will help you look your absolute best sans nasty chemicals. As for the fun surroundings and team of friendly staff? You are sure to enjoy yourself while treating your tresses at this salon.

That Hair Tho, The Dome Tower, Shop No B04 Basement, Cluster N, JLT, 04 589 6679, thathairtho.me


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Tips to Care for Curly Hair

6 Tips to Get Your Curls to Love You Back

It’s time to embrace your curls!

Getting the best from your curls can be really difficult – from deciding whether or not to brush them to selecting the best products and figuring out to how to style them. It can get exhausting pretty quickly. If you’re like me and love your hair curly, but need a few tips on how to make them look better, read on!

1. Silk Is a Great Place To Start

Use a silk or satin pillowcase while you sleep, so if you toss and turn around, it won’t put stress on the hair cuticles. It’s also very good for your skin, so that’s an added bonus. While you sleep, you can also loosely put your hair in a silk scrunchie on top of your head as this will help prevent your hair from getting frizzy and protect the shape of your curls. 

2. Get the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Curly hairy has a tendency to be dry, so don’t overwash your hair as it washes out the natural oils that your curls need. Also, make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to protect your hair – and never think that you don’t need conditioner. Curls need moisture, so deep-condition your hair at least once a week. If you want to try something more natural, coconut oil can work really well as, unlike other oils, it penetrates deep into the hair shaft rather than sitting on the surface. 

How to Take Care of Curly Hair

3. To Brush or Not To Brush

If you have both curly and frizzy hair, use leave-in products meant for curly hair, such as a curl-activating cream (or simply apply some argan oil). Only comb with a wide-tooth comb before you shower and run your hands through it when it’s wet. Be careful at this stage as hair is more prone to breakage when wet.

4. Start Twisting 

When your hair is towel-dried after washing, apply a curl leave-in conditioner to each section and start twisting your hair in sections away from the face. Remember, don’t touch your hair and leave it to dry naturally. You can also use a diffuser to speed up the process. I recommend drying three-fourths of the hair on a cool setting, leaving the rest to dry naturally to avoid frizz.

5. Reactivate Your Curls After Washing

If you want to reactivate your curls on day two, I suggest using a water sprayer to gently spray the hair and scrunch your curls up again. As you already have curling product in your hair, the water should work well. I also recommend the Kérastase Curl Manifesto to boost your curls.

6. Get a Curl-Friendly Haircut 

I’ve got curly hair, and it’s amazing how my hair can react to different haircuts – whether my hair is textured or not, long layers or shorter layers, long or short. It’s important to find a hairstylist who loves curly hair and understands how curls can react to find a look that complements you. 


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This Is Your Hairstylist’s Jargon, Deciphered 

Your confusion ends here!

We’ve all been in that situation – we want to change our style, but we don’t know how to explain what we want to our hairdresser. Or on the flip side, your hairdresser might start talking in what seems like a foreign language, leaving it to you to decipher what the words they’re throwing around really mean. Here, I’m going to deconstruct hairstylist jargon so that the next time you visit the salon, you’ll know exactly what to say to get the look you want. 

Single Process 

When you’re told your hair wish can be done in one visit, this is called a single process. 

Double Process

This is when it’s going to take more than one visit to achieve your dream look. Make sure to follow your hairdresser’s advice when they say this term as, sometimes, it’s good to space out visits for the health of your hair.


All colours have cool or warm tones. Cool tones are like winter colours and can include blues, purples, and greens. Warm tones, on the other hand, are more autumn-like colours and include yellows, reds, burnt orange, caramel, and chocolate brown. Looking at a salon’s hair shade chart will help you clearly see the difference and pick a hair tone.

Hair Tip: Cool shades are a great option for clients looking to cool down their complexion by cancelling out redness from their skin.


Highlights are lighter than your natural hair colour and can be applied in many different ways, such as freehand, foil, or cling wrap.

Hair Tip: The amount of highlights you add and where they are placed can have a huge impact on the final look.

Full Highlights 

This is when there will be colour in sections that are highlighted throughout the entire head.

Hair Tip: If you happen to have lots of highlights, it doesn’t mean you should go for full-head colour as it’s a completely different look.

Partial Highlights 

Partial highlights are highlights around the hairline. It’s also referred to as ‘face framing lights’ or lights just scattered around the top.

Hair Tip: Partial highlights are great to refresh your lights in between big appointments.

Babylights (or Paper Thin Lights)

This refers to the size of the weave that’s used and are finer lights.

Hair Tip: These are great for around the face frame, especially when they’re done in between a bigger appointment or for the parting when your highlights grow out.


Balayage was created by the French and is a natural-looking, hand-painting technique that grows out easier.

Hair Tip: This technique has allowed hairdressers to be a lot more creative. In just one hair colour, you can use many techniques such as highlights, lowlights, and balayage for a unique look.


Lowlights darken strands to add depth and dimension to hair and are very en vogue now.

Hair Tip: Sometimes, blonds feel like they need to be blonder when actually, they just need to add in some lowlights to give their hair dimension, which will make them look blonder.

Root Tapping

Root tapping softens the look of the highlights at the root area. 

Hair Tip: This treatment is well known for allowing the colour to seamlessly grow out better and appear more natural looking. 

Hair Glossing

This is a colour that gives instant shine. There can either be colour in it or it can just be a clear colour that adds a fabulous gloss to your existing colour.

Hair Tip: The brand Redken comes with a wide range of hair gloss products – including stunning cool colours – that can be found at mariadowling Salon.

Root Smudging 

This technique is used to soften or remove the line of old highlights by applying a colour that’s closer to the base colour on the root. It can be smudged one to three inches (or more) into the hair, depending on the length of the hair.

Hair Tip: This technique will add dimension in the colour by adding depth and is very on trend right now.

Bump Up the Roots

This is a technique used at mariadowling salon after you have highlights, and for a speedy refresher in between appointments to the root area around the hairline. 

Hair Tip: The whole appointment is quick and clients don’t have to come as often as they usually do to have their hair done – while still leaving your hair looking really good.


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Hair Colour 101: What to Know Before Taking the Plunge

Change your hair colour, change your life!

Colouring your hair can either be really exciting or really scary, depending on how brave you are. Whether you want to go natural or stand out in a crowd, here’s your guide to getting the colour you want – and to keep it.

Getting a Consultation

If you decide to go to a salon, consultation is the key to getting the colour you’re looking for. Give as much information to your colourist as you can about your lifestyle and hair routine so that they can advise you correctly. This is also your time to ask questions. Ask what the cost will be, what kind of maintenance you will require, when to book your next appointment, and so on.

Do Your Research Beforehand

Today, the world is at your fingertips, so be sure to do your homework before your appointment. I love it when a client comes in with reference images as it helps me to get an idea of what she wants. Generally, five photos are enough. Photos of models can be great, too, but it can also lead to high expectations that may not be achievable in one visit. Ideally, your colourist should give you a realistic option on how to achieve your hair goal.

Hair Colour 101

Prepare Your Hair

One common myth I’ve heard is that dirty hair grabs hair colour better. This is simply not true! It’s best to wash your hair one to two days before your appointment. Light, natural oils will help prevent your scalp from feeling itchy or too tingly when colour touches it. You should also prepare your hair by doing a treatment – like the mariadowling Hair & Scalp Detox treatment – as this will gently cleanse your hair of overloaded products or just everyday dust and dirt, thereby creating a better colour result.

To DIY or Not

As a colourist, I wouldn’t recommend tinting your own hair at home, but if you do decide to take the plunge, here are a few tips to remember.

  • When choosing your colour, pick a shade lighter than what you’re looking for. Be very careful as overlapping colour can lead to your hair becoming darker than the chosen colour.
  • Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands.
  • Before you get started, apply Vaseline on the skin around your forehead, ears, and the back of your neck to protect it from getting stained by the hair dye. Do not get the Vaseline on your hair as it can act as a barrier to the tint.
  • If your scalp is sensitive, you can add in some Sweet’n Low to the tint before applying.
  • Don’t wear your favourite clothes as it can get messy when dying your hair at home.
  • If you’re doing fashion colours like blues, green, or reds, be careful with the first few washes as the colour can continue to come out. So, use dark-coloured towels and pillowcases.
  • Finally, I don’t recommend using hair bleach at home as this can easily go wrong with very bad consequences. 

Getting the Right Products 

If you’re investing in your colour, invest in keeping your colour looking as gorgeous as it can be! Use a shampoo and conditioner that’s meant for coloured hair. This combo will ensure hydration and longevity of your colour. As a hair colourist, I also recommend the Olaplex range for making the hair stronger. This makes your hairdresser’s life easier when colouring as the hair’s condition will be better, and the colour will last longer.

Colouring your hair

The Pulling-Out-Grey-Hair Myth

I believe this is an important myth to bust when talking about hair colour. Plucking a grey hair will only get you a new grey hair in its place because only one hair can grow per follicle. Your surrounding hairs will also not turn grey until their own follicles’ pigment cells die.

Permanent or Semi-Permanent Colour?  

The main difference between semi-permanent and permanent hair colour is how long it lasts. Another major factor that differentiates them is that semi-permanent hair tint does not include any ammonia or peroxide, unlike permanent hair dye. In general, tints are now a lot kinder to the hair than they were before. 

Does Colouring Your Hair Damage It?

The answer is both yes and no. Colours can be quite drastic these days (like dark hair going light platinum). This can be damaging as you are pulling out colour from the hair with bleach whilst lifting – and you simply can’t avoid bleach to achieve the end result you need either. But as I said, by using Olaplex, we can achieve more than we ever could before whilst keeping the hair in good condition. At the end of the day, the extent of damage just depends on how natural or dramatic you want the result to be.

Hair Colour and the Sun 

Like your skin needing protective sun products, your hair needs to be protected, too. If you live in a place with a hot climate, like Dubai, you will need to keep your hair covered or use the Kerastase sun range – even while walking around as the sun is so intense that it will lift out your colour very quickly. If you have long hair, I recommend wearing it in a top knot with all the ends tucked in.


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Damage Control: The ‘Queen of Colour’ on Maintaining Healthy Hair

Spare your hair from further wear and tear!

Our hair goes through so much each day – from heat damage and the wrong products to a poor diet that does little to nourish it. But help is here. Here are 10 everyday tips to maintain healthy hair all the time. Yes, it may mean changing your routine a little, but the difference in your hair will speak volumes.

1. Detangle Your Hair When Wet with Conditioner 

When you’re in the shower, apply your conditioner and comb your hair while the conditioner is on to remove any tangles. It’s much easier to detangle at this point than when your hair is dry. 

2. Use a Cotton Towel to Dry Hair

Use a cotton towel or T-shirt instead of a normal towel to dry your hair as it won’t rough up the hair cuticles as much. Avoid harsh rubbing – just pat dry the hair so that you don’t have to work as hard to smooth the hair and make it look healthy.

3. Slow Down When Detangling 

Always start by detangling any clumps or big knots with your fingertips. Next, gently use a wide tooth comb or a Tangle Teezer brush on the lower portion of your hair to detangle all the knots towards the ends of your locks. Once this is done, gently brush downwards from the roots.

4. Massage Your Scalp Every Day

I believe in head massages. Massages are known to improve the blood flow and health of the scalp, so try and massage your scalp every day for a few minutes, even if it’s just while you’re watching TV. Use the tips of your fingers, not your fingernails, and make circular motions across your scalp. Massaging the scalp – which can be done in conjunction with hair oils and masks – stimulates the scalp and can help improve hair thickness.

5. Take in Nutrients That Benefit Your Hair

Nutrients That Benefit Your Hair

Food is the best source of the vitamins you need for hair growth. Here are some ways of getting the nutrients you need through food.

  • Protein: Eggs, almonds, milk, Greek yoghurt, beef, and broccoli
  • Vitamin B12: Whole grains, almonds, meat, seafood, dark leafy greens
  • Iron: Clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach, and lentils
  • Vitamin E: Sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, peanuts, peanut butter, spinach, and pumpkin
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Nuts, seeds, oily fish, and leafy green vegetables

However, if you fail to get enough of these nutrients in your diet, supplements may be helpful. According to research, supplements work best in individuals who are already deficient. One supplement that’s especially good at getting good results for your hair is Viviscal

6. What You Take in Is Reflected in Your Hair 

What we eat as food comes out through our skin, while tablets come out through our scalp. If you take tablets – even an aspirin – it will affect your hair and scalp. Notice that when you’re unwell, your hair suddenly won’t feel good, possibly even lifeless and flat. To counteract this, use a detox clay like the mariadowling Detox Clay to get your hair feeling full of life again.

7. Use Products for Colour-Treated Hair


If you colour your hair, you should be using products that are made to protect it. The Olaplex line features products that repair and strengthen every strand of hair from the inside out. The vegan, cruelty-free formula actually strengthens the bonds in your hair, and I’ve seen amazing results with clients who use it. Olaplex No1 and No2 is applied in the salon as a salon treatment, and you can continue it at home with number No0 and No3. 

8. Find a Supportive Colourist

It’s good to find a colourist who is concerned about the condition of your hair when colouring, as they will know where to apply colour and avoid overlapping and other mistakes. If you change your colourist every time, this can lead to many different hair colour changes and possible mistakes that’ll need to be corrected.

9. Use a Leave-In Conditioner Before Styling

I always recommend using a leave-in conditioner before heat styling. Even though you’ll be using a leave-in conditioner, you must still use a conditioner after you’ve rinsed off your shampoo, then towel-dry and apply the leave-in conditioner. It’s always good to start with less until you know how much to apply. I recommend the Kerastase range, which includes leave-in thermique products that activate when in contact with heat styling tools.

10. Use a Silk Pillowcase

Treat yourself to a silk pillowcase as its smooth texture lets hair glide over it without any friction, which means you’re less likely to have frizzy hair when you wake up.


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Meet the Hair Helper You Never Knew You Needed

Do you own a scalp scrub yet?

By now, it’s likely that you’ve experimented with body scrubs made with everything from sea salt and brown sugar to coffee grinds and ground almond shells in the name of unclogging pores, promoting circulation, and removing dead skin cells. And yet, few of us bother tending to the oil, city grime, and product build-up that collects on our scalps in between washes – sacrilege! 

After all, doesn’t your hair deserve some of the TLC that your skin receives on a daily basis? Turns out, using a scalp scrub once or twice a week goes a long way, resulting in a healthy scalp and happy hair. Not all options are created equal, though, contrary to popular belief. In fact, we’d argue that there’s one just for you, depending on factors like budget, scalp concerns, time constraints, and more. Ready to meet your match? Read on. 

If you’re time-pressed and on the lookout for a scrub that doubles as a shampoo:

Cleansing Purifying Scrub, Christophe Robin

If you’re sick of dealing with a flaky, itchy scalp:

Scalp Revival, Briogeo

If you’re on a budget, but ready to join the scalp scrub bandwagon:

Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, The INKEY List 

If you’re one to shop brands rooted in sustainability:

SOLU Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser, Davines

If you’re concerned about your hair colour fading:

Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub, dpHUE

If you’re steering clear of chemicals in your beauty products:

T.L.C. Happi Scalp™ Scrub, Drunk Elephant

If you’re not a fan of bathroom clutter and looking for a multitasker:

Scalp & Body Scrub, OUAI


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Best Tressed: 7 Top Salons in Dubai Marina

Colour, cuts, blowdries, hairdos – it’s all here.

New to Dubai? Living in Dubai Marina? Looking for a hairdresser who you can actually trust (and not be tearful after a cut or colour)? We got you. Here, The Gaggler rounds up the best hair salons in Dubai Marina and surrounding areas. 

Crown Beauty Salon

Thanks to the heat, the beach, and showers with high-mineral water, your hair may need some extra TLC. Luckily, Crown Beauty Salon specialises in hair therapy and keratin hair masks – the perfect thing for shiny, healthy hair.

Crown Beauty Salon, Ground Floor Marina Views, Dubai Marina, 04 240 6342, open 9am-9pm daily

Hair Concept Salon

Calling all brides-to-be! Boasting highly qualified hair stylists, this is the perfect place to book for any updo styling. Simply bring a few reference images and watch the hair magicians at work.

Hair Concept Salon, JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai Marina, 04 452 8031, open 10am-9pm daily

Jacques La Coupe, Hair Salons in Dubai Marina

Jacques La Coupe

If you’re looking for the perfect colourist with a touch of luxury and elegance to boot, Jacques La Coupe is the salon to visit. Just be sure to have a discussion beforehand to make sure the price is specified before starting to ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises at the end.

Jacques La Coupe, 66 Al Marsa, Dubai Marina, 04 445 8381, jacqueslacoupe.com, open 10am-10pm daily

Marquee Hair Salon

Marquee may be a little bit on the pricey side, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And trust us, it applies here! We trust them with our (hair) life, from a complete transformation to essential touch-ups. We couldn’t recommend Marquee more.

Marquee, Marina Gate (opposite Spinneys), Dubai Marina, 04 589 5943, marquee.ae, open 8am-10pm daily

Pastels Salon

Located five minutes out of Dubai Marina in JBR, the OG-for-British-expats Pastels Salon is the salon to visit and feel like you have stepped into a London salon thanks to the British hairstylists. It’s also one of the few hair salons with a mix of male and female staff, all of whom are super professional.

Pastels Salon, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, JBR, 04 399 5016, pastels-salon.com, open 9am-7pm Thurs – Tue, 9am-9pm Mon & Wed

Queens Beauty Lounge, hair salon in Dubai Marina

Queens Beauty Lounge

Looking for a last-minute blowout? Queens has been our lifesaver many, many times! Although we don’t recommend heading there without a booking, we have been in this bind before, and the team has graciously accommodated our request and in less than 30 minutes. Et voilà! A fresh blowout in a hurry, done.

Queens Beauty Lounge, Oceanic Tower shop #5, Dubai Marina, 04 427 9689, queensbeautylounge.com, open 9am-8pm Mon – Sat, 11am-9pm Friday, closed on Sun

Salon 971

Technically not in Dubai Marina, but close enough, Salon 971 is the best salon to head to for Hair Botox and the coolest hair colour trend ever: balayage. We are huge fans of balayage and love the fact that it looks great with any face shape. We also adore that Salon 971 is open weekdays at 7:30am, perfect for the working woman looking to get a cut and colour before work!

Salon 971, Platinum One Tower, Al Barsha, 04 579 6222, salon971.com, open 7:30am-9pm Mon – Thurs, 9am-6pm Fri – Sun


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Because It’s Scorching Hot Outside…

3 all-natural cooling treatments to try.

There’s no shortage of swanky spas, high-end spa brands, and OTT beauty extras (caviar facial, anyone?) in Dubai, but when temperatures hover around 43°C – which they do every August – it’s time to go back to the basics: cooling ingredients derived from nature. Incidentally, offerings like hot-stone massages and steamy hammams are widely available, but spa and salon treatments designed to beat the heat are surprisingly hard to find. Looking to get you covered from top to toe, here’s what I discovered. And loved.


Aloe Vera Hair Treatment at That Hair Tho

Summer is the season of vacations, ice cream, and blockbuster films. It’s also the season of sweat and scalp build-up. Enter: the Aloe Vera Treatment at That Hair Tho, where green walls, bright colours, and all manner of 90s kitsch will lift your spirits, regardless of the day’s events. My pre-treatment consultation starts with a welcome note in fluorescent hues, and unexpectedly seeing my name on the mirror has me smiling before we even begin.

The Aloe Vera Treatment is tailored to each client based on hair type and recurring issues. As for my concerns? A generally dry scalp and excessive hair fall, a development brought upon by the onset of the pandemic – because stress. As a result, the formula that’s custom-created for me contains aloe vera (which features gel from a live aloe vera plant that resides onsite) and neem powder (known for its antifungal properties), both complemented by castor oil and coconut oil. Castor oil, as I learn, contains ricinoleic acid that increases blood flow to the follicles, thereby promoting healthier hair. It’s extremely heavy, however, and typically diluted with the likes of coconut or jojoba oil.

A cooling sensation takes over as soon as the aloe vera mixture makes contact with my scalp. And just as aloe vera gel can soothe a sunburn or dehydrated skin, the treatment works wonders to calm an itchy or irritated scalp. The formula is massaged in and left on for 20 minutes, and I’m pretty sure I drifted off somewhere between the two. Two rounds of cleansing later – first with a shampoo that contains scrub particles to remove build-up, then with a moisturising shampoo to tend to dry strands – my hair looks nourished and super hydrated. Luminous, even. The Aloe Vera Treatment ends with a few spritzes of anti-humidity spray and your choice of a blow-dry or blast-dry, but does it even matter? You’ll feel lighter, fresher, and cleaner than you have in years.


Cucumber Facial at The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge

At this entirely ‘green’ spot in JVC, all are welcome and well taken care of: pregnant women, cancer survivors, those with sensitive skin, and just about anyone looking to steer clear of indecipherable chemicals. Personally, I’m a member of Team Sensitive Skin and, as someone who often wakes up with a rash or adverse reaction the day after a traditional facial, am delighted to discover the all-vegan Cucumber Facial. Not only are cucumbers both cooling and hydrating, but they’re also a rich source of silica – a mineral that supports optimal connective tissue for healthier skin. The treatment starts with a multi-step face cleansing process that turns to two further cooling ingredients derived from nature: rose water and aloe vera. I already know I’m in the right place.

Next up is the exfoliation stage, which comes with an unexpected element: date syrup. Organic brown sugar is mixed with date syrup to create an exfoliant that’s surprisingly beneficial – dates contain pantothenic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture. As the steamer gets going, I expect to be left alone. Instead, I’m treated to a hand and forearm massage that offers much-needed relief to my stiff and swollen wrists. I’m enjoying an exceptionally clear skin day, but in the case of pimples and other blemishes, extractions aren’t the norm at Organic Glow. By now, I’ve lost count of how many times a forcible extraction in the midst of a facial has left me with scarring – it’s nice to finally discover a salon where this practice is a no-no.

Organic cucumber slices are placed all over my face, and I feel their cooling juices start to trickle down my face and neck, my body temperature dropping instantly. As a blissful 15 minutes allow the chilled slices to take effect, waking up me and my tired skin, I silently vow to return and do it all over again. The Cucumber Facial ends with a rich, super-softening vitamin E cream infused with aloe vera that I end up leaving on my skin overnight, as recommended. Cucumber is a natural astringent and tightens pores, making this refreshing facial ideal for those with oily skin, too.


Foot Reflexology and Peppermint Foot Treatment at Sea Salt Spa

Regular pedicures felt like a weekly essential pre-pandemic, but in this new era of prioritising health and wellness over all else, foot reflexology is where it’s at. Practised for centuries, this feel-good massage entails applying pressure to different points on the bottom of the foot as they correspond to different organs and areas of the body, thereby inducing both healing and relaxation. The Foot Reflexology and Peppermint Foot Treatment at Sea Salt Spa is 60 minutes of sheer bliss, cooling and soothing the feet until they feel as good as new. It really is ideal for sore, achy, tired feet that are trapped inside closed-toe shoes in this heat (farewell, WFH days). For the uninitiated, menthol is the main chemical component of peppermint, which explains its cooling properties.

I start with a refreshing lemongrass-cucumber welcome drink that perfectly sets the tone as I sink into a cloud-like recliner. A foot soak in warm water infused with lavender bath salts is swiftly followed by a zingy peppermint foot scrub before the star attraction: an extensive massage accented with peppermint cream. Admittedly, I’m ticklish under the feet and expect to squirm my way straight through the massage, but proven wrong in no time. If anything, the pressure hits that sweet spot between too gentle and too firm, and I find myself more relaxed than I’ve been in ages.

Sleepily, I relish the fact that the massage also tends to my calf muscles, which have suffered the agonising pain of ‘charley horse’ cramps for several weeks now – they’re far more common in the summer months due to electrolyte imbalances. The treatment wraps up with a swipe of hot towels – peppermint-scented, too! – to remove any greasy residue before a brief shoulder massage comes about as an entirely unexpected treat. Pressed for time? Opt for the shorter version of the Foot Reflexology and Peppermint Foot Treatment, which skips the shoulder massage and lasts for 30 minutes.


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Get Silky Smooth Hair For Summer With KS Ultimate

Swap unruly hair for smooth manageable locks with the KeraStraight Hair Treatment.

The weather is starting to heat up, and for many a Gaggler Girl, having to cope with dry, frizzy, uncontrollable hair is just another drama they could do without. 

Fighting frizz is an ongoing battle when you live in a humid climate, and while there are plenty of treatments that promise to smooth, straighten and care for your less-than-compliant-locks, many still contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hair.

So what’s the alternative? Say hello to KeraStraight Ultimate, which offers Formaldehyde free, protein technology that is humidity-resistant, strengthens and de-frizzes hair, makes lengths smoother and more manageable, and can last for up to four months.

But does it really work? We sent our perpetually frizzed-out Video Creator Emma Brain to Pastels Salon on Al Wasl road to test the latest lock – taming treatment, and see if Kerastraight Ultimate could be the solution to her haircare headache… 

WATCH THE VIDEO: KeraStraight Ultimate Hair Treatment At Pastels Salon

Gaggler readers can take advantage of a Gaggler EXCLUSIVE 10% discount on the KS Ultimate four-month treatment at Pastels Salon from now until April 11.

Simply head to The Gaggler Middle East Group on Facebook to get the Gaggler’s EXCLUSIVE Pastels discount code, and prepare to say farewell to your frizz!


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