Pastels Jumeirah Salon
The flagship salon is housed in a large, luxury, chic and custom-built premises on Al Wasl Road and offers the most cutting-edge hair, nails and beauty treatments to its loyal clientele – a mix of Emirati and Expat ladies, many of whom are well-known media professionals and Dubai’s most recognisable socialites.
Our team are highly skilled in their area of expertise and have trained in well known salons around the world. Nicky Clarke, Toni & Guy, Vidal Sassoon, Daniel Galvin, Mahogany, Loreal Technical Centre. We invest heavily in ongoing training so you can be assured that our team are extremely knowledgeable on the latest styles and techniques.
Meet The Team
Artistic Director/ Owner
Ruksher Malik is the co-founder of the highly successful and award-winning Pastels Salon brand. She spent two years training in London at the most acclaimed hair academies, namely Vidal Sassoon,Toni &Guy, The L’Oreal Technical Academy, Nicky Clarke, Morris masterclass international and Complections international. After establishing a successful salon in India, Ruskher relocated to the UAE in 1996, setting up the Pastels Salon brand with business partner Steven Chan in 2004.
Aislinn was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has been in the beauty industry for 10 years. She started working for different salons straight after becoming a licensed beautician and has since worked for top names such as Christian Dior, Holland America cruisline and Aveda Day Spa. She has been trained extensively during her career in different skin treatments/conditions, Ayurvedic treatments, massage, make-up, as well as customer service. She is a huge fan of the beauty industry in Dubai for its innovative outlook and has been part of Pastels Salon’s beauty team since August 2014. “I would say my greatest achievement is seeing good results with my clients, and building up a nice group of clients. I am a firm believer in a total health approach to achieve beautiful skin, and always do a proper consultation with my clients followed by a skincare program to achieve the best results!”
Having worked in two of the UK’s best-known homegrown brands namely Toni&Guy and Charlie Miller for more than a decade in Edinburgh, there is little that Karen doesn’t know about hair trends!
After a brief spell in Dubai in 2010, Karen was headhunted to work in Toni & Guy Soho in London’s West End. However, the glamour of Dubai called her back and we are delighted to have her working each morning in our Jumeirah branch. Karen loves creating soft and wearable styles and colours which are tailored to the individual client’s hair type.
Hair Extension Specialist
Considered one of the best master hair extension specialists in Western Canada and now offering appointments at Pastels Salon Jumeirah, Alourdes Eserve boasts 25 years of experience and specializes in multiple techniques such as The Weave, Great Lengths, Braidless Weave / LA Weave, Prebonded / U Tip Fusion, Tape-ins and Clip-ins. Shortly after she obtained her Business Degree, Alourdes combined her passion for business and hair to open Minks Hair Extensions. It soon became Calgary’s premier destination for hair extensions severing not just clients but training numerous hair extension specialist/stylists. Alourdes credits her successful career to building trusted relationships with her clients by providing high quality professional service and working diligently to ensure they are pleased, but her real gift and what truly sets her apart is her perfectionism and attention to detail.
Hailing from Sweden, Elif studied at one of the best hairdresser school in Sweden, the Björn Axen Academy for two years. Having spent 10 years in the hair industry, Elif’s client list is crammed with some of Europe’s best-known faces, and the in-demand stylist was even responsible for styling the tumbling tresses of Swedish Actress Bahar Pars for the Oscars in 2017.
An advocate of thorough consultations, Elif always listens to the needs of the client and provides advice and guidance that will satisfy his or her needs. Passionate about her craft, Elif constantly researches new ways of expressing, shaping and caring for hair and beauty on the basis of contemporary ideas and trends. Her ambition hinges on exceeding the expectations on whoever sits in her chair and this drives her to always provide the best possible service!
After completing L’Oreal training in her native Ireland, Trish has spent twenty-two years in the hair industry and seven of those years here at Pastels. A true expert in hair, Trish loves performing colour changes on her clients. She also loves the opportunity to meet new people every day, and seeing all of her clients leaving the salon happy and confident.
Manager/ Senior Stylist/ Artistic Team
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Georgie has worked in the hair industry for 15 years and has been at Pastels Salon since 2011.
She trained as an apprentice for four years at Noddy’s in King in Newtown, Sydney Australia, remaining there as a senior colour technician for another 4 years after her training. She has also trained with notable hair industry greats including Shane Henning, Paula Hibbard, Sharon Blaine, Darren Fowler, Alan Edwards and Mario Charalambous.
Georgie has been part of pastels artistic team since its inception in 2012 and one of her proudest moments was when the latest shoot Pop Generation was featured as the editor’s collection of the week in the international magazine, Hairdressers Journal as working on this shoot had pushed the boundaries of her creativity.
Georgie is passionate about teaching, She loves sharing her knowledge and helping others improve their technique so they can not only make their clients happy but ensure they continually do beautiful work so they feel good too. Her ethos is based on the fact that knowledge is power and as she says “I live by sharing my skill and paying it forward! “
Believing there is always room for improvement, Georgie attends regular training so she is up-to-date with the latest trends in the hair industry.
Born and raised in Denmark, Didi graduated from hair dressing school in 2007, after a four-year course. Having continued training during her time at Pastels Salon as she believes “You can never learn too much.”
In 2012, she left Denmark and came to Dubai, joining Pastels in 2015. Since she has been at Pastels Salon, she has achieved much. “I learned a lot more about hairstyling. I was awarded first place in a L’Oreal competition and was also named employee of the month recently, which was pretty cool.”
Didi likes everything about the hair industry. “I like to be creative, with crazy colours and short hairstyles. I think I’m most creative when it comes to doing short haircuts which I really enjoy.”
The talented stylist has also worked on several editorial shoots including one for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in February 2016.
Hailing from Mumbai in India, Sabina has been working in the hair industry for the past 28 years, having joined the Pastels Salon team in 2007 where she works as a junior stylist. She has completed training in L’Oreal and Kerastase products as well for Kerastraight treatment and she undergoes colour and cut training every week with managers Georgie or Natalie. She understands the importance of being hairstylist and she very much enjoys doing color/highlites for clients. “The training that I’ve been given at Pastels Salon has made confident in doing the services,” she says.
Originally from the Philippines, Josephine has been working in the hair industry for an amazing sixteen years. After completing her first training in the Philippines, Josephine undertook the L’Oreal Academy training before joining the Pastels team in 2015. One of Josephine’s proudest moments was receiving positive feedback from the L’Oreal Academy, and she believes that every happy client is always an achievement to be proud of. Josephine loves the creative challenges of working in a salon, and is passionate about continuing her learning every day.
Gerly has worked in the hair industry for the past 15 years, joining Pastels Salon in 2006. She trained and qualified in David’s Salon, the leading salon in her native Philippines. Her biggest achievement was styling hair for the Dubai Sheikha and the Sharjah Sheikha, as well as being involved in Fashion Forward in October 2015. She loves perfoming the KeraStraight treatment and is a whizz at blowdrying!
Lash & Brow Expert
Cherry Mae has worked in the nail industry for the past 11 years, joining Pastels in late 2013. An expert at Bio gel and Essie, she has become the most requested nail technician at the Jumeirah branch and even counts Janet Jackson, the pop superstar among her past clients.
Make up Artist & Nail Technician
After leaving her native Philippines, Joy began her work in the nail and makeup industry right here at Pastels eleven years ago. Completing a full course of training with Vogue makeup artist Kathy Cousins allowed Joy to fully understand the art of makeup, and she is currently enrolled in the Mac product-training program. Joy has loved the opportunity to work on photo shoots and big name beauty shows such as Fashion Forward during her time at Pastels. She has a particular passion for Bridal makeup, and loves to make women feel beautiful on the most important day of their lives.
Annie was born in the Philippines but has worked as a nail technician in Dubai for over twelve years. Since joining Pastels Jumeriah a year and a half ago Annie has used her AESOP training to make her clients’ nails healthy and beautiful, and nothing makes her prouder than seeing her clients leave the salon happy with her work.
Rose has worked in beauty industry for more than 20 years, joining Pastels in 2011. She has completed training for nails, waxing, spray tanning as well as product training for L’Oreal. Rose is a well-trained nail technician and can do treatments such as Callus peels, Paraffin and thermasoft treatment. She also undertakes weekly training for cut and colouring with members of the salon’s artistic team.
She loves working at Pastels because they are always acknowledging her brilliance at nail treatments and they have awarded her for Employee of the Week.
Hailing from the Philippines, Raquel has worked in the hair and beauty industry for over fourteen and a half years. During her time at Pastels, Raquel has specialised as a nail technician after extensive training in extensions, Gelish and Bio Gel. Raquel loves the chance to use all of her skills in the salon, and feels proud when she makes her clients happy.
Carolina has been working as a nail technician at Pastels since 2008. She is qualified to do manicures, pedicures and Gelish and has recently started to train as a hair stylist, which fulfills her desire to always learn something new. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing her clients happy and she enjoys the new funky colours that nail polish brands develop each season.
Originally from the Philippines, Joysie has worked in the nail industry for eleven years and has spent two and a half of those years here at Pastels. She is an expert in nail extensions and Gelish, and loves all aspects of her job. A particular proud moment for Joysie was winning employee of the month, and she feels proud whenever any of her clients appreciate the work she has done on their nails.
Hailing from the Philippines, Maricar “Mackie” Rodriguez has worked at Pastels since 2012. She is fully qualified in Bio-sculpture, Brisa Gel and Liquid &Powder (acrylic), Minx Nails, Essie Gel and Harmony Gelish. She has also completed MAC Basic Make-up Training. She has created make-up for well-known TV presenters and has achieved a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records for her work.
Originally from Goa in India, Wency has been at Pastels since 2008. She has had training for Harmony Gelish, Biosculpture and Essie gel and enjoys making clients’ nails beautiful.
She enjoys meeting and working with people from all over the world and having feedback from happy clients.
Junior Stylist/ Waxing
Purnima has been in the hair industry for the past 20 years and joined Pastels in 2010. She has tended the tresses of Bollywood celebrities and loves colouring and cutting.
Waxing/ Junior Stylist
Indian native Renuka has worked in the hair and beauty industry for the past 22 years, joining Pastels Salon in 2005. She loves creating upstyles and blowdries and has a great product knowledge that spans L’Oreal, Redken and Kerastase.
Lekshmi has worked in the beauty industry since 2008 and is a waxing and threading expert. Her proudest moments are when clients provide her with good feedback and refer their friends to her.
Aileen has worked in the nail industry for more than 21 years and joined Pastels in 2015. She has trained in biosculpture, gelish and silk nail repair. In the past she has tended the nails of some of the most famous celebrities and the President in her native Philippines.
This wonderful therapist has been in the beauty industry for the past 10 years and has worked at Pastels since 2014. She has had extensive training in waxing and nails and loves working at the salon because it allows her to keep up with the latest trends.
Massage Therapist/ Assistant
Rebika has been working at Pastels Salon for the past 10 years. Since she started, she has completed training in Re-bonding, Colouring, Cut & Blow Dry, as well as back wash treatments. She has been awarded Employee of the Week and Employee of the Month.
She enjoys the changes that are visible after she colours her client’s hair, but personally, most of all she loves the reaction and the calmness the clients enjoy after she gives them a back wash treatment and her signature neck & shoulder massage.
Spray Tan/ Assistant
This award-winning Spray Tan therapist has worked at Pastels for the past 9 years, becoming a favourite with socialites and beauty media mavens for her flawless method. She has completed training for L’Oreal products, Xen tan, Vita Liberata and Fake Bake tan.
Originally from the Philippines, Nancy has been at Pastels Salon since 2008, where she works as a hairdresser assistant, using her extensive expertise to offer clients advice on products from L’Oreal, Kerastase and Redken. She enjoys all aspect of the hair industry but most especially when a client leaves her chair happy! “Giving them nice head massage during the treatment which made them fall asleep or completely relax while they were having their hair wash makes me feel happy,” she says.
Edralyn has worked in the hair industry for the past 4 years and joined Pastels Salon in 2014. She is passionate about the hair industry and loves learning about the latest hair styles and fashions. She also is well versed in products from haircare giants such as L’Oreal, Redken and Kerastase, which enables her to advise clients on what products are best-suited to their hair.
Pastels Salon Admin
Jean has worked in the hair industry for almost five years and has been employed at Pastels Salon/RGT in an administrative role since 2013. She loves her work, and the continual learning and developing of her skills and knowledge. Her greatest achievement has been pursuing her career, while bringing up her son.
Shirley started working at Pastels Salon in 2015 and has developed a real passion for the hair and beauty industry since her arrival. Thanks to her income, she has been able to support her family in her native Philippines, for which she is immensely proud.
Zara was born in the Philippines but has worked in the Dubai salon industry for thirteen years, and has been a part of the Pastels team for three of those years. Zara completed receptionist training with Santi and Technology People, and enjoys the sociable and fast-paced nature of salon work. A particularly proud achievement for Zara was winning employee of the month twice since she started with Pastels.
The face that has welcomed thousands of clients into our Jumeirah branch, Shiela has been at Pastels since 2011. A beacon of excellent customer service, Shiela thrives on meeting new people, something she does on a daily basis and she loves learning the latest trends in the hair and beauty industry.
Lash and Brow Specialist
Originally from the Philippines, Opalyn has worked in the beauty industry for almost thirteen years and has trained specifically in nails, waxing and lashes. After her training, Opalyn joined Pastels in 2016 and has since enjoyed developing her lash and eyebrow skills. She is particularly proud of becoming an eyelash trainer and enjoys working for a prestigious salon.
Originally from India, Yasmin has been involved in the beauty industry for thirteen years and has spent the last three years working in the Pastels team. As well as her extensive training in manicures, pedicures and Gelish, Yasmin is currently undergoing training in haircuts and blow-dries. Her proudest moment in the salon was receiving employee of the year in the nail spa. Yasmin looks forward to spending more time working on hair, and loves making her clients feel happy and beautiful.
Although a recent recruit at Pastels, Lean has been working in the beauty industry for over thirteen years and is originally from the Philippines. She has specific training in both acrylic and gel extensions, and is a previous award winner for tip and overlay within the liquid and powder category. Lean loves the busy and sociable nature of working in a fast-paced salon, and she is passionate about each and every one of her clients leaving happy with their treatments.