A Guide to the Best Beauty Salons

Where: Carita Paris Salon

There are few things more timeless and universal than Parisian beauty. Who doesn’t love naturally glowing skin and effortless, #wokeuplikethis hair? But after a hectic season of back-to-back work events, my skin and hair were quite frankly more Gerard Depardieu than Brigitte Bardot. Much in need of a beauty overhaul, I headed down to the plush Al Qasr Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai to let the Carita Paris team work their magic on my tired tresses and lacklustre complexion.

The Lowdown: Bright, white and minimalist decor sets the scene in this peaceful beauty haven. The salon offers an extensive range of facial and body treatments using the highly acclaimed Carita Paris range of products. In addition to these, there’s an impressive selection of By Terry makeup and Serge Lutens fragrances available for purchase in the reception area.

My pampering session began with the Crystal Radiance Facial, a multi-step treatment which sloughs away dead skin and tightens the muscles using a combination of scrubs, lotions and state-of-the-art machines. The facial massage using electrical gloves was particularly impressive; I could literally feel the electrical current rippling through my skin. 75 minutes later and my face was squeaky clean and as smooth as an egg.

Next up was hair; and Kérastase Fusio Dose was the order of the day. It’s a super quick, adjustable treatment with instant results. If you want a boost of hydration or plump up flat locks, this stuff does the trick in 15 minutes- during which I was treated to a hot paraffin treatment to soften my hands and nourish my nails. Whether you need a sleek blowdry or voluminous up ‘do, the hairstylists are skilled and speedy. My stylist Esam gave me some impressive, Hollywood glamour waves in 20 minutes flat.

Details: There are branches in Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam, Zabeel Saray and Sofitel Hotels.  I booked my appointment through Wellclubs, the region’s latest, one-stop platform for booking beauty and wellness services. Sign up via or download the app to discover the thousands of treatments available at the best salons, spas and clinics and to avail the wide range of exclusive offers.

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