Salon review: Pretty WOW Hair & Beauty Bazaar

Stepping inside this newly opened salon in JLT and being faced with the phrase, “you look pretty wow”, is certainly no bad way to kick off my evening (and that’s before the pampering begins!) From the moment I enter, I’m instantly transported into a Willy Wonka-esque, pop-art inspired haven. Courtesy of British mural artist, Jazz Stan, the salon’s flashy interiors – from the mini unicorn carousel to the clashing zigzag tiling across the floor – are truly a sight to behold.

But there’s so much more to this pastel-hued hub than the splashes of colour that adorn the walls. Led by Liverpool-born Sophie Devine, the team at Pretty WOW can cater to your every beauty and wellness need. From hair styling, waxing, full-body massages and facials, to some of the most elaborate nail art we’ve seen (check out Fay’s Instagram account @nailgirl_fay.dxb for your next nail inspo) it’s a one-stop-shop for all things beauty. The girls also offer brow and lash treatments, in addition to FakeBake tanning and make-up services.

I’m booked in for a full body massage and a gel mani/pedi during my visit. My therapist, Helen, leads me through to the massage treatment room, which – despite the continuation of bright colours splashed on the walls – has a surprisingly relaxing feel to it once the lights are dimmed and there’s only the glow of candlelight in the corner. Helen discusses with me the various massage styles that are available, before we settle on the 60-minute, full-body Swedish treatment. With more than 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, I feel totally at ease with Helen from the get-go. She works at slowly releasing the tension from my neck and shoulders and kneads at the stubborn knots in my lower back. Paired with gentle stretching and joint circulation movements, I’m left feeling completely relaxed – and can’t recommend Helen enough to Mum’s who are feeling run-down and in need of some TLC.

For my mani/pedi, the girls use Lola Lee polish – a hardwearing and long-lasting gel product that is classed as “10 free” in the beauty world, meaning it is free from all harmful ingredients, including formaldehyde, phthalates and animal ingredients. I opt for a subtle baby pink shade (037 – “Not my problem”) inspired by the salon’s pastel hues, but there are ample colours to choose from to suit all tastes.

Details: Gel mani/pedi combo is priced at Dhs255, and a full-body massage is priced at Dhs300. Call 04 572 6437 for bookings. Open 9am-9pm Sunday to Thursday, 7am-4pm on Friday (for those pre-brunch needs!), and 9am-6pm on Saturday. For more salon reviews, click here

Quote promo code PrettyWOWMBC for bookings between 15 – 23 March for 15% off treatments!

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