With all of the salons on this list officially operating and reopened for business, we took the time to contact each and every one of them to find out what safety precautions they’re taking and what capacity they’re operating at so that our readers would feel comfortable booking them for service.
Here’s what we found out: every salon on this list is abiding by strict COVID-19 safety measures, which includes seating clients two meters away from each other, taking the temperature of staff and clients, ensuring everyone in the salon wears masks and gloves, sanitizing every station before, after, and during service, and operating at 50% capacity (or in some cases as low as 30%).
In speaking to the salon owners and operators we discovered a common theme. Everyone is empathetic to the anxiety surrounding leaving your house, especially when it comes to receiving a service that requires close person-to-person interaction. They are sensitive to this fact, but also pointed out that now is the best time to visit a salon because they have never been calmer, quieter, or cleaner. If you’re worried about safety precautions – which is more than understandable – rest assured that the thoughtful salons on this list are looking out for you every step of the way.
Whether you’re seeking a complete color change, a cool new haircut, or merely a place to relax, we’ve got your covered. Read on to discover which salons ‘made the cut’ when Savoir Flair set out to discover the best salons in Dubai.
What are you looking for in a salon experience? A relaxing environment, attentive staff, and a hair professional who’s an expert at color? Pastels Salon at the Ritz-Carlton in JBR ticks all of those boxes, and more. A desire to go much blonder without damaging our hair badly in the process brought us to the capable hands of Charlotte at Pastels. After listening to our desires, she made recommendations to help us achieve a lighter shade of blonde, which included an Olaplex treatment during the process to keep our locks healthy. After-care instructions were carefully given, and it’s safe to say we couldn’t be more thrilled with our cut, color, and health of our hair. The rave reviews from friends and colleagues just keep pouring in.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel – JBR
(+971) 4 399 5016
The recently opened Chalk is the only full-service salon in Alserkal Avenue, and it also happens to be one of the best we’ve ever visited. The incredible attention to detail at Chalk starts with a survey, which asked questions like, “What are your favorite bands?” The fact that we filled it out while being served ice cream and nibbles was just plain fun. Next, we were delivered into the talented hands of balayage specialist Paulo Sloboda, who attentively listened to our needs.
Not only were we impressed with the artistry of his work as he swatched the dye onto his hand and (literally) painted it onto our hair, but we were also blown away by how careful he was to protect our locks in the process. The result? The best color treatment (with the least amount of damage) we’ve ever gotten, with non-stop compliments from others to match. What’s even cooler is that Chalk serves men and women alike with separate spaces for each, and offers a brilliantly designed space that invites you to truly relax while enjoying the talents of its highly trained staff.
(+971) 04 346 6284
Perhaps the prettiest salon of them all, 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 hair at the same time.
(+971) 800 28332
Trevor Sorbie is a hairdressing legend. With over 55 years in the game, he has not only transformed the tresses of countless celebs, but also a best-selling haircare line and luxury salons around the world. Oh, and he has also trained some of the best stylists in the business, some of whom are right here in Dubai.
Sorbie’s super-slick hair salon in the heart of The Dubai Mall is amazing. Located in the swanky Fashion Avenue, it boasts the best British hairdressers (who all undergo vigorous testing by Sorbie himself), a VIP suite, sumptuous décor, and a refreshments lounge. But stylish setting aside, this is the spot if you’re seeking a cool new cut, seamless color, and some R&R from the mall’s crowds.
The Dubai Mall
(+971) 04 388 8440
Tips and Toes
With a whopping 17 different locations across Dubai (and even more throughout the UAE), Tips and Toes is the largest salon chain in the region. But that certainly doesn’t mean it compromises on quality, because Tips and Toes is dedicated to hiring the most talented technicians and hairstylists to guarantee your best head of hair ever. Offering everything from keratin treatments and hair Botox to the three-step Olaplex process, tape extensions, glossing, balayage, and some of the best blow-dries in town – this is your one-stop shop to all things hair care.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to get gorgeous and on-trend color, this is it. Maria Dowling’s reputation as one of Dubai’s best hairdressers (she has 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 the Maria Dowling Salon. Whether you’re receiving services from Dowling herself or her roster of talented stylists, you’ll always be pleased with the results.
Al Meena Residence, Satwa
(+971) 04 345 4225
The newly renovated Ricci Capricci salon inside the Conrad Dubai hotel is one of those establishments that instantly feels like home. Not only were we made supremely comfortable by the staff, but we were also touched by their incredible attention to detail. Coming in with badly damaged hair meant Ricci Capricci’s talented staff wisely advised against bleaching, restoring our tresses with a healthy trim and ultra-nourishing Olaplex conditioning treatment instead. After bringing our locks back to life, we can safely say we’ll be returning to Ricci Capricci for future hair appointments.
(+971) 04 352 1333
When it comes to hot hair, SLaM – well – slams it. The incredible therapists at this trendy, New York loft-inspired salon tucked away in Al Quoz have come from all corners of the globe (Sydney, London, New York, and Dublin to name a few) to bring some of the best hairstyling talent to Dubai. Despite its super cool interiors, SLaM is one of the most relaxed salons in town, specializing in everything from natural balayage color to the latest cuts and styles.
15A Street, Al Quoz
(+971) 800 7526
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 members at his Dubai salon are some of the best in the business. Not only will you be treated to top-notch treatments in chic surroundings (the salon exudes Italian flair), but you’ll also be in expert hands when it comes to your cut and coloring needs. Plus, you can stock up on Ferretti’s luxe haircare products that shun nasty ingredients and smell seriously good.
Jumeirah Beach Road
(+971) 04 330 0073
Once upon a time, flying was a sophisticated experience. Today, JetSet reunites flying with sophistication and luxury in aviation-themed hair salons across Dubai. Beyond the travel atmosphere lies a salon filled with talented hair artists and helpful staff. Whether you’re after a trim, your highlights need freshening up, or you’re in need of a fancy blow-dry, JetSet should be your go-to. Be sure to check out its braid bar, too – it’s pure plait perfection.
Grosvenor House and Emirates Towers
(+971) 04 399 5005
If you’re a fan of Kérastase hair products, this bright and modern salon is the place for you. As well as offering expert cuts, color, and styling, it will treat you to a personalized hair and scalp diagnosis to see what your hair really needs. Using a special smartphone-looking device, the Kérastase experts scan your locks to see how they can help your hair – whether it’s thinning, dry, or unruly – by using three key steps. You really will leave this place with a new head of hair.
City Walk 2
(+971) 04 386 4336
From the in-house braid bar and braid-school sessions (yes, you really can master the fishtail) to the amazing blow-dry menu and cool color techniques on offer, Marquee masters it all when it comes to hair. The latest must-have products adorn the shelves, they stylists are experts at creating the newest trends, and there’s an in-house Micromist machine that uses steam particles to deliver nourishing treatments deep down into hair in order to boost its beauty from the inside out. The cool, chic salons are just an added bonus.
Arabian Ranches and The Lakes
(+971) 04 420 7700