Got a special occasion lined up this weekend and need to look the part? Treat yourself to a day of pampering and enjoy some quality “me time” to prepare for the big night. Start your session with a relaxing Swedish or hot stone massage and feel your stress melt away. Then, sit back as a pair of technicians shape and shine your nails to your fancy. Dress them up with stickers or stamps, or go bold with some sparkle and bling.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Various locations including Al Mamoura (02 658 4100).
Gilles Poplimont – French Hair and Beauty Salon
If you’re looking for a fantastic makeover or want to cover up a colour scheme gone bad (we’ve all been there, ladies) step into this downtown salon for a fabulous fix. From shocking crimson to sheer platinum and every colour in between, we hear Ihab at Gilles Poplimont has the golden touch. The salon has been around for 17 years and uses only French products. That explains its big fanbase.
Open daily 9.30am-8pm, Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street (02 633 3555).
Tackle those follicular woes at the stylish Glamour Hair Salon. The salon boasts a talented team of stylists and artists who can manage anything from cuts and curls, to a trendy balayage, to voluminous hair extensions. They will even help get you ready for your wedding day. Glamour has two centres in the capital, one on and one off the island, making it easy to get to no matter where you live. The place runs regular discounts and promotions, so make sure you follow them on their social media pages to keep track of the latest offers.
Open Sun-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-8pm. Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach, @Glamouruae (02 555 9902).
Glow Beauty Center
The guys at Glow promise to “bring out the best in you and express it through an elegantly modelled style – your own”. They look after your every area of concern, from head to toe. While the team, led by Dinara, do a good job of handling hair hassles and styles, they also specialise in microblading, eyelash extensions and nail art.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-8.30pm, Fri 11am-8.30pm. One to One Hotel, Al Salam Street (02 495 2150).
Plush Beauty Spa
Catch up with a friend for a girly day out and enjoy a range of beauty services at Plush. Decked out in baby blue and salmon-pink hues, the place puts you at ease the minute you step in. Get your nails done as an expert stylist works on giving you the perfect cut. Then, relax and enjoy a detoxing Moroccan hammam that will reveal soft, healthy-looking skin. Oh, and we hear the coffee is good, too.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm. Street 12, Khalifa City (02 556 8600).
This hair and beauty salon out in Khalifa City is owned by Tara Kidd. If you think you’ve heard her name before, you probably have. Tara moved to the capital from Dubai back in 2012 and has since created a bit of a name for herself as the go-to fixer for hair problems. And with almost 20 years of experience, you know you are in good hands when you book an appointment with her. Split across two levels, the ground floor is where all hair treatments take place, while the top level is where you will find the nail spa, waxing massage, tanning and facial areas. Tara Rose runs monthly promotions at both its outlets, so be sure to check up on the latest offers before you check in.
Open Sun-Wed 8.30am-8pm, Thu 8.30am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm. Villa 198, Street 26, Khalifa City A (02 583 2065).
Uñas Nail Lounge
Whether you’re looking for spooky Halloween-inspired or Christmas-themed nail art, Uñas Nail Lounge has you covered. The parlour specialises in nail, gel, acrylic and artificial extensions that come in all shapes and sizes. If you’d like to pretty your peepers, it can help you with that, too, with services such as permanent eyelash extensions and eyebrow colouring featuring on the menu. Also listed are a range of massages, including Swedish, shiatsu and reflexology treatments. That’s this weekend sorted, then?
Open Sat-Thu 10.30am-9.30pm, Fri 11am-9.30pm. Next to Le Royal Méridien, Khalifa Bin Zayed the First Street (02 678 1110).
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS
Fellas, we know you need pampering, too. And the guys over at Urban Male Lounge at The Galleria do a mighty fine job.
In addition to a range of individual services for your hair, hands, feet and face, you can take your pick from its package deals that will have you in top shape in no time. The associate package is quick and painless and includes a haircut, shave and therapeutic hair and scalp treatment in just 60 minutes.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Various locations, including The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (800 865).