When it comes to the beauty benefits of balayage, the list is endless. Not only is it the best way to get natural, sun-kissed color, but it’s also completely customized to your hair. Regrowth actually looks good because there’s no block line growing down your head – never a good look – and you can go months and months before having to get a touch-up. This is because, unlike regular highlights, balayage is hand-painted onto the hair (hence its name, which means ‘to sweep’ in French) to create a really natural, blended look that’s softer and subtler.
As Maria Dowling, Creative Director of Mariadowling Salon, says: “Balayage is a great way of using our creative skills as colorists to create a bespoke hair color palette for our clients. Painting in freehand on the top of the hair, rather than through it, allows us to create natural, sun-kissed highlights that catch the light and allow the hair color to move more freely along with the flow of the hair.”
Balayage is amazing as you can paint the color on according to that person’s hair, face shape, everything – it’s like a piece of art.
The technique can be used on any hair color and texture. What’s even better is that it can actually make hair look thicker because the color is perfectly placed to catch the light and create depth. “My clients are always amazed at how much thicker their hair looks! And that’s because of the technique I use – technique is key,” explains color expert Nicky Lazou.
“Balayage is amazing as you can paint the color on according to that person’s hair, face shape, everything – it’s like a piece of art. When your hair is done fresh, it has oomph and bounce, but when it needs doing again, you’ll notice it goes greasier and flatter!” No wonder pretty much every celeb boasts beautifully balayaged locks. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to book in for balayage at one of these top salons in Dubai.
New kid on the block Chalk is already making waves in Dubai’s beauty scene – not only because of the cool industrial-inspired interiors and welcoming touches (soft-serve ice cream anyone?), but also its on-point hair services, including balayage. Chalk boasts some of the city’s best colorists who can transform both the finest and lightest of locks and the thickest and darkest of manes, and you only need to pay a visit to its Instagram account to see the beautiful balayage work in action. A firm Savoir Flair favorite.
(+971) 4 346 6284
Nicky Lazou at Pastels
Arguably the hottest hair colorist in Dubai, Nicky Lazou not only jets around the world transforming the tresses of the elite, but she also understands the importance of looking after your hair to ensure it looks and feels its very best. Working her balayage magic at Pastels, Lazou is an expert on all hair types and colors – and she’s particularly amazing at balayaging brunettes to create that soft, sun-kissed color. Be sure to book your appointment in advance as she’s so in demand that there’s often a long waitlist.
Pastels Salon, Jumeirah
(+971) 4 388 3534/3397
If you’re looking for the perfect place to get on-trend color, this is it. Maria Dowling’s reputation as one of Dubai’s best hairdressers (she’s been hailed as the city’s “Queen of Color”) probably needs no mention. However, we’d be remiss not to mention the impeccable service, skilled hair artists, and modern setting of Mariadowling Salon. Whether you’re receiving services from Dowling herself or her roster of talented stylists, you’ll always be pleased with the results – especially when it comes to their balayage color.
Al Meena Residence, Satwa
(+971) 4 345 4225
The maestro behind “The Method” (a revolutionary cutting technique that forever changed the world of hairdressing), Rossano Ferretti is all about boosting the natural beauty of your hair, which is why the team at his super-luxe Dubai salon are some of the best at balayage. Not only will you be treated to top-notch treatments in chic surroundings (it’s one of the prettiest pampering places we’ve ever seen), but you’ll also be in expert hands when it comes to your coloring needs.
(+971) 4 330 0073
Aveda is one of our favorite pampering spots in Dubai, especially when it comes to all things hair. This is the definitive place to go for natural-looking color (Aveda’s hair formulas are made of 99 percent naturally derived ingredients and give you that effortless, natural hue), so you can sit back with your cup of Aveda ‘Calming Tea’, take in the stunning views of the city’s skyline, realign your chakras, and get an amazing head of balayage at the same time.
(+971) 800 28332
Tracey Cunningham at Belle Femme
What do Lily Aldridge, Khloé Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lopez have in common? They all get their balayage done by one of Hollywood’s most in-demand colorists: Tracey Cunningham. The good news here is that you don’t have to jet off to LA to get balayaged by her because she frequently visits Dubai and is available for appointments at Belle Femme.
Bay Square, Business Bay
(+971) 4 4309543
The Dollhouse is not only one of the best places for balayage, but it also practices the latest techniques and trends in beauty. Just think of it as your very own “House of Glamour” – you can sit back and relax with your own personal iPad while your hair, hands, and feet are treated with expert care and precision.
The Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah and Aswaaq Center, Al Barsha