In a city packed with the best hair and beauty salons, it takes somewhere really special to get us talking. Enter José Eber Laloge at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, where everything from haircuts to manicures are elevated to give you the most luxurious experience imaginable. FACT’s Shabana Adam visits…

French-inspired José Eber Laloge has already made a name for itself on Dubai’s beauty scene. With venues located at The Address Montgomerie Dubai, and The Address Boulevard, Downtown, the luxury ladies and gents’ salon has gained quite the following from socialites to young professionals, housewives and business people, all wanting that bespoke and personalised attention that you so often crave when visiting a beauty salon. Thankfully, for Dubai’s “it” crowd, José Eber Laloge has added one more location for you to enjoy their services – the super stylish Mandarin Oriental in Jumeira.

Not only is the venue a sprawling definition of elegance and comfort, the staff are also incredibly attentive and friendly. With no expense spared at what is now the brand’s largest venue to date, the generously spaced 1,800 sq ft. beauty and grooming zone mixes uber-modern décor with sleek wooden finishes, giving an updated twist on its trademark opulent interior. An architect’s dream, the super chic Mani/Pedi stations, complete with soft white leather high-back seats are cocooned within a private cabin, more in-line with a first-class flying experience than a traditional salon setting.

 

As now expected from Laloge’s high-profile clientele, the menu boasts the crème de la crème of beauty services, including the Caviar Hair Treatment, 24k Gold and Diamond Facials and Luxury Spa Mani/Pedi’s, so you can enjoy the A-list treatment at an affordable price. Customers are given the full celebrity treatment, with a private VIP ladies room available for clients who enjoy some extra privacy with their pampering.

Of course, with exceptional haircare at its core, all stylists are expertly trained in the latest styling techniques and upcoming trends, with regular visiting celebrity stylists. Trusted by the who’s who of Dubai’s elite, Laloge has built a highly praised reputation for offering unparalleled service with all the five-star trimmings. And now, after what I can only describe as the most expert haircut of my adult life (no exaggeration), I can vouch for this.

I’m met with warm smiles on arrival. Making it clear that time is of the essence, both my hairdresser Kal and the lovely lady washing my hair are on high alert – they line up all the tools needed for their craft and they do it in perfect synergy. I have 45 minutes (mostly down to my own lack of planning) but I’m determined to see if a wash, cut and blow dry is possible. Kal reassures me that being meticulous is essential and that he’s ready for the challenge. My hair is washed with beautiful products and a little massage is thrown in for good measure too – regardless of the time constraints, I’m very relaxed.

Next, over to the chair and I explain to Kal that I’d like a couple of inches off the length, some fresh layers in the front and a nice trim of the side fringe. No pressure, but I’d also like a bouncy blow dry with loose curls. It seems a little ambitious for half an hour but Kal is like a machine – comfortable with his tools, thorough with his technique (he asks me to stand a couple of times to check that the length and style of the cut is up to scratch) and he’s very accommodating too. Small talk here and there with utter concentration on the task in front of him – a.k.a. my lackluster hair that he was adamant to revive.

In no time, literally 15 minutes, the cut is done. The hair is swept away and the hair dryer is on. At this moment in time, I’m already impressed. My hair feels lighter, like I can carry myself around more gracefully. Kal is a master with the wand/styling brush, dropping in tight curls exactly where I wanted them. Later, he opens up the curls with a smooth serum to give a natural bouncy and wavy effect. A little bit of volume is added and voila – 45 minutes and I’m so fresh, so clean.

For someone who hasn’t had a haircut in over a year, Laloge was a revelation. Kal made me believe in good hairdressers again – and, especially, that there are still beauty salons who actually listen to what you want, putting the customer’s needs first. The entire experience was professional, calm and very, very sophisticated. There was no pretentious vibe as I had expected, instead the staff are sincere and the best at their craft. You’re made to feel like the only person there – I expect this is the celebrity factor. It works.

Anyone looking to up their haircare game should definitely give Laloge a chance to do what it does best and blow you away!

GO: JOSÉ EBER LALOGE is located on the Ground floor of Mandarin Oriental, Dubai and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Call (0)50 801 1975 for reservations and more information.