With endless spa and salon options in Dubai, few really stand out from the rest – but that’s exactly what Aveda has managed to do in just a few short months. Originally founded in 1978, the brand is all about the art and science of pure flower and plant essences, creating products that are inspired by ancient Ayurvedic principles. Its recently opened salon in Galleria Mall, an all-round amazing pampering destination, finally brings the brand’s award-winning services to the United Arab Emirates and really ticks all the beauty boxes.
From the moment you step out of the private elevator, walk across the terrace, and enter the beautiful, spacious, and serene salon, you just know that you’re in for an unforgettable experience. The attention to detail is incredible; whether it’s the selfie station that allows you to create the perfect flatlay for your Instagram or the Aveda Calming Tea ritual during which an herbal tea is served to you in an ornate glass, everything has been put in place to ensure all your needs are met.
Here, Savoir Flair rounds up six reasons why the Aveda salon is our top new beauty destination in Dubai.
You get to meet Mr. Chakra.
Upon arrival, you’re greeted by Aveda’s resident Mr. Chakra. A figure made of sustainably sourced mango wood and beautifully handcrafted by artisans in India, he represents the chakra system, which is made up of seven centers of spiritual energy in the body. Blocked chakras result in feeling tired and sluggish, so Mr. Chakra is here to help you find balance. After just a few minutes of looking at colors, symbols, and keywords, you’ll get to inhale the wonderful Aveda chakra aromas to discover what part of your body you need to clear. A quick spray of your chosen chakra scent means you’ll feel refreshed and revitalized before you’ve even started your treatment session.
It's the next best thing to being in a rainforest.
With four beautiful living walls made of over 4,000 plants, it’s easy to forget that you’re in a beauty salon and not a lush, green rainforest. The mix of hypoallergenic plants is kept alive using a very low consumption of recycled water fed through an irrigation system twice a day. Not only do they look gorgeous, but they also provide cleaner, healthier air whilst you get pampered.
The massage chairs are out of this world.
Forget those uncomfortable, lumpy massage chairs that seem to make more noise than an actual difference, because the sumptuous seats at the Aveda mani/pedi stations are huge, seriously comfortable, and deliver an incredible massage. You even get a cozy blanket to snuggle up under. A word of warning, though: You’ll want to sit in one all day.
There's an outdoor terrace with incredible views.
If the light, bright, and hugely spacious indoor areas aren’t enough for you, Aveda offers something truly unique: a huge outdoor terrace where you can relax, sip on your herbal tea, and admire the amazing views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up whilst your color sets or if you just want to indulge in some much-needed “me” time.
It's the place for natural-looking color.
Not only are Aveda’s hair colors made of 99 percent naturally derived ingredients, but they’re also the ultimate way to transform your tresses if you’re looking for that effortless, natural, on-trend hue. Take a seat at the Color Bar and watch as your colorist mixes and blends a unique formula perfect for you. The team here are also experts at the balayage technique, where color is hand painted onto hair to create natural, sun-kissed locks.
It helps the planet.
Aveda was the first company to sign the Ceres Principles in 1989 and is dedicated to continually improving the ten major principles of environmental action, from the conservation of energy to the creation of safe products and services. It was also the first beauty company to make its products using 100 percent certified wind power. Partnering with local communities, Aveda has protected over 700 watersheds, rivers, and lakes and has supported over 20,000 women working for clean water in their communities. The brand works to raise money for nonprofit environmental organizations and it uses organic, plant-based, sustainable, and renewable ingredients whenever possible. This is one beauty brand that really gives back.
For more information or to book in for a treatment at Aveda, call (+971) 800 28332.