What is a Callus Peel and Why You Might Need One?

If you’ve found yourself investing a little too heavily in the trainer trend and avoiding sandals, mules and sling-back shoes because of the hard skin on the soles of your feet, then it’s definitely time to try a callus peel! This treatment is a simple and pain-free way of getting rid of dry skin often found on your feet and will definitely make you want to show off your feet, in all their glory.

Calluses form when your skin becomes dry and dehydrated and while moisturising regularly can help, sometimes you need a stronger intervention – enter the Callus Peel. This revitalising foot treatment is ideal for people whose feet need a little bit of extra TLC. It removes hard, callused skin and adds moisture in just 20 minutes.  The treatment starts with the application of a skin softener is applied to the areas which are affected the most from hard skin. Next, the feet are wrapped to enhance the effects of the softener. After a few minutes, the wrapping is removed, exposing the newly softened skin. This is then scraped away gently in a pain-free procedure. Once all the hard skin and calluses are removed, the skin is polished with a foot file. Finally, a moisturising treatment is applied to keep your feet feeling (and looking) amazing for as long as possible.

So if the thought of getting your feet out leaves you in a slight state of panic, a Callus Peel will work wonders for your confidence. After all, life’s too short to be worrying about your feet…

Everything You Need to Know About Essie Gel Manicure & Pedicure

There’s nothing quite like splurging on a luxurious manicure. An on-trend hue teamed with a touch of nail art or glitter can give you the same boost of confidence as a really good blowdry. Unlike that, which only lasts a day or so, a professional gel polish can last you several weeks. In fact, stacked up against a regular manicure, gels not only last longer, but they also feel stronger, and cast a mirror shine that quite simply is virtually impossible if you have regular polish. So what should you know before upscaling your mani and pedi with gel? 

Gel and acrylic are not the same

Acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent and can add length to short nails. Sometimes acrylic nails come in colours, but usually they’re clear or natural-toned. Gel polishes can only colour your existing nails but are more durable than regular polish as the gel is hardened by curing under a UV or LED lamp.

Gel Nail Polish

Essie Gel Manicure

Gel nails are not harmful and will not damage the nails

Nails do not need to breathe and so having a gel polish will not harm the nail’s health. But your nail beds and cuticles are made of living tissue, which is why you need to be careful during the application and removal process and why you should leave the entire gel process to a qualified nail technician rather than option for a DIY job.

Keep your nail beds hydrated

To ensure your manicure is long-lasting and your nails look as healthy as possible, use a cuticle oil and moisturizer. This will not only protect the skin around your nails, but your actual nail beds, too. 

So what happens during a gel mani appointment and how is it different to a regular mani? As with a run-of-the-mill mani, a gel manicure starts with cutting the nails, filing them to the desired length before lightly soaking the hands and trimming the cuticles. The polish itself is the point of difference: You’ll start with a base coat layer that primes your nails for the gel coat, which is a special kind of polish that gets firmed up under a UV light. After each coat is painted on, you place your hand under a UV light for 30 seconds. A glossy top coat goes on top, take one final minute under the lamp, and you’re done.  Hello to chip-free nails that you will just love showing off!

 

Hair-raising trends for AW 2019

If you’re feeling the need to change your hair with the new season, then why not take your inspiration from the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where an abundance of new trends – from the elaborate to the restrained- emerged, both in terms of colour and styling.

Colour your hair beautiful

Attributed to Lady Gaga’s character in “A Star is born”, red hair is enjoying a moment. Catwalks were awash with both natural red and deeper dyed red hair. In terms of blondes, it’s all about channelling the grungy look of platinum blonde with dark roots – use Courtney Love as your idol. 

On the opposite end of the colour scale was Bronde, sitting somewhere between blonde and brown. It’s one of the more reserved 2019 hair colours and is easy to achieve.  

Upstyle your pony

Ponies fall into two distinct categories this season – the playful Ariana Grande-style high ponytail or the elegance of a sleek low-hanging ponytail, perfect for showing off barettes and other on-point accessories.

Love your curls

Curls were a huge focal point for designers and fell into two camps: The sassy 70s full, voluminous curls that paid homage to Studio 54 with a centre parting or the retro romantic curls, which when teamed with a side parting had a timeless yet modern vibe.

Controversial crimping

Given the prevalence of braids the past few seasons, it’s hardly a surprise that crimped hair has experienced resurgence. This quick-to-come-quick-to-go technique shapes hair adds a lot of texture and volume to the hair and is best worn with tons of party-loving attitude.

Laila’s lash commandments

Our resident eyelash and brow guru, Laila is constantly asked by the region’s most influential beauty editors to share the secrets of achieving the best and most beautiful eyelashes possible so here are her top tips …

Never use super-long super thick extensions as they will damage your natural lashes. I recommend the 0.10 for every day because they are the closest weight to the natural lash, and in most cases it has helped the clients natural lashes to grow, not only because they are lighter but also there is no applying and removing of mascara which is one causes of eyelash damage. Lashes come in four different weights 0.25, 0.20, 0.15 and 0.10. They are all synthetic and hand cut. Most of the brands do not carry the 0.10 lashes which is my favourite weight to use.

Once applied, leave them alone! Do not use oil based eye make-up removers, do not brush them! Do blow dry them for a few seconds after getting them wet. This sets the adhesive and fluffs the lashes. A good set of lash extensions should last for two-three weeks, depending on the cycle of your lash growth, sometimes longer. Basically if you are using fine, professionally-applied lashes then you can keep them as long as you want to. 

Strip lashes are safe to use but they do not look as natural as salon-applied fine lashes. DIY lashes are great if you just want to wear lashes as a one-off, such as for a night out.

Lash serum is a must if you are not naturally blessed with long thick lashes. A lash serum such as Lilash will be your secret best friend.

Avoid lash curlers as they are very damaging to the natural lashes. I personally wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. Instead I would say have LVL treatment – it curves your natural lashes for up to 8 weeks and there is no damage to the lash.

Waterproof mascara is a big no for me – I have seen many clients pull out their eyelashes trying to remove it.

Maintain eyelashes by using Lilash eyelash serum and almond oil.

Be gentle when removing eye makeup. Remove the makeup in two ways – up and down – and never criss cross the lashes.

How to help your skin cope when flying…

With Eid nearly here, many people will be catching flights this weekend, and while globetrotting can be of benefit to our work life and personal experiences, it can often have a detrimental effect on our skin.

Pressurised cabins have low levels of humidity and are very dry places to be for any length of time, making any natural moisture in your skin quickly evaporate. This means that your face, hands and other extremities will start to feel dry and look dull and parched.

What’s more, we all know that travelling can be a stressful time as there are many things to think about and flight times to meet. Stress produces the hormone cortisol, which impacts skin’s ability to function as a barrier and contributes to redness, blotchiness and breakouts. All in all, not a good recipe for perfect skin!

The good news is that it is possible to counteract these negatives effects of air travel with a bit of forward planning. First of all, always go make-up free. As scary as it sounds, flying barefaced will go a long way to ensuring that your skin remains hydrated and can breathe throughout the flight. Also, apply a luxurious moisturiser – Nimue offers terrific options that contain all the essential nutrients your skin needs to keep it hydrated for hours on end.

But the work doesn’t stop when the flight is over! Before arriving at your destination, re-apply your makeup or simply slather on a high factor SPF with UVA and UVB protection for daytime. (A favourite of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is Nimue’s option!) As you disembark, wear a hat and sunglasses for maximum skin protection. If you have travelled to a hot climate it is a good idea to apply a gorgeous hydrating mask in the evenings, which will replenish any moisture lost during the daytime. Also consider adding a lightweight serum to your skincare regime. Eminence Organic’s Citrus C and Kale serum is rumoured to be a favourite with celebrities such as Meghan Markle and Jessica Biel.

Frequent flying doesn’t need to mean dry or prematurely aged skin. Follow our tips and you will be amazed at how good your skin feels, even after a long haul flight!

Three Products Every Girl Needs for The Dubai Summer!

Julian, Stylist at Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton gives us the lowdown on what you should be using to keep your hair at its healthiest whatever the climate!

For many living here hair can feel dry and fine due to three factors which are quite specific to the UAE, namely the desalinated water, the air conditioning which saps the moisture out of the hair, and  the lack of seasons in the UAE – there is a constant stress on the hair due to excessive and prolonged  sun exposure, which dries the hair out. Hardly surprising then that people turn to hair care products to replace this lost moisture, and there are many on the market.

Kerastase Elixir’s Oil

When it comes to natural oils, Kerastase Elixir’s oil offers brilliant results. It also offers heat defence, locks in moisture and offers a terrific shine. You can use it as a serum or add it into your conditioner to intensify that product’s effect and you can use it overnight as a deep conditioning treatment. It can also be used as a blowdrying primer that cuts down blowdrying time, without compromising the effects of a blowdry.

Kerastase Moisture Mask

There are many treatments that you can have in a salon to keep – or put back – moisture in the hair. One such example is KeraStraight Intense Boost, which utilises KeraStraight’s latest groundbreaking Moisture Masks to repair, re-hydrate and renew hair from the inside out. Intense Boost rebuilds what the hair lacks and locks in moisture and strength for up to 30 days to leave you with head-turning, luscious hair. This is a great treatment to have pre-summer and there is a range of take-home products to keep its efficacy.

Kerastase Fusio Dose

One of the best-sellers in terms of treatments is Kerastase Fusio Dose, a range of intermixable shots that can be combined to create a bespoke treatment cocktail perfect for your hair. One thing you should remember is that there is a misconception that if the hair is damaged, it lacks moisture but often the case is that if it is broken; by adding moisture you just smooth over broken hair, whereas, in reality, you should fix the hair with protein products before expecting treatments to enhance the condition of your hair.

In the Middle East, the style icons tend to be based around women with long, voluptuous, healthy-looking hair.  So when it comes to cutting techniques, we want to create thick-looking hair.  This means layers should be kept long as the longer the layers are; the more hair collects to the exterior shape of the haircut, ensuring hair looks thicker and longer. But to have styles like this, hair needs to ​be in optimum condition, healthy and shiny so you should always use professionally-recommended products that will either repair broken hair or lock in moisture, depending on your needs.

Meet the treatment the region’s beauty editors swear by for sleeker, smoother hair…

Let’s face it, if a beauty editor gives a treatment her seal of approval it’s highly likely the treatment does boast terrific results; however, it could also be the case that while the treatment might have suited her, it might not yield the same impressive results for you. But, when multiple beauty editors – especially in a place as multi-cultural as Dubai – clamour to endorse a treatment, it’s a sure thing that the treatment will achieve iconic status and become a must-have. This is exactly what’s happened with the much-hyped KeraStraight treatment.

While many permanent straightening or smoothing treatments rely on harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, KeraStraight’s innovative KS Complex does not. The treatment’s advanced protein technology is a game changer in the hair care industry. It encourages the re-building of keratin, which in turn repairs and strengthens the hair shaft, adding elasticity and moisture and protecting against environmental effects such as UV rays, smog, dust and smoke.

According to Vogue Arabia, the results included “Swingy, smooth strands that instantly appeared healthier” and two weeks later, the curl-haired editor was still delighted admitting “my hair still boasts its curl but is significantly more manageable, cutting my morning mirror time in half.”
The digital editor of Emirates Woman was just as wowed, saying “If you spend half your life fighting with your hair, this is the treatment for you – it not only vastly reduces styling time, but the effects last for up to four months. “

So while humidity, air conditioning and the water in the UAE can all wreak havoc on hair, leaving it dry, dehydrated and frizzy, this will be your haircare saviour as the treatment promises to eradicate that hated frizz, repairing the hair and leaving it shiny, healthy and far easier to style.

Call any of the branches to discover more, including our exclusive summer pricing available for this miracle treatment!

Need help to Face the Summer Holidays with Confidence?

The summer is almost here and for many, it means a visit back home to see friends and family. Of course, it’s natural that on these visits you will want to look the best possible version of yourself and enjoy endless compliments!
While make-up can, admittedly, camouflage certain skin imperfections, wouldn’t it be much better if you had glowing, youthful skin as your make-up canvas, rather than relying on the touch of a hefty concealer?
We have three fabulous facials that promise to give you skin that is so perfect you will want to be taking selfies all summer long!
For a Goddess-like glow…
We recommend the Nimue Active Glow. This rejuvenating and stimulating treatment is perfect for dull, tired skins who need some TLC. Alpha hydroxyl acid, Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid give the skin a “wake up call” to ensure it looks so refreshed that you will appear as if you have been on one long holiday, even if in reality you can’t remember the last day off you had!

For tighter, more toned skin…
The Guinot Hydradermie Lift is one of those rare treatments that enjoys a cult-like status amongst beauty editors for its unrivalled results. This 75-minute treatment is a well-recognised alternative to a more invasive aesthetic therapy. In essence, it lifts and rejuvenates the skin and re-contours the shape of the face. Prior to stimulating the muscles, lymphatic drainage takes place, which aids in the removal of toxins from the muscle to brighten the skin. The patented Guinot hand-help device plumps up the small muscles of the face that flattens with age, for a younger looking skin – it’s like a workout for the face!

For eco-beauty lovers who still want results…
The Eight Greens Facial by Eminence Organics Skincare is a deceptively simple sounding facial. In reality, this deluxe 90-minute facial, loved by the likes of Jessica Alba and Meghan Markle, is a supercharged experience. The core of the facial comes with the double whammy an Arctic Berry Enzyme Peel and the Eight Greens Phyto Mask made with plants and seeds that are rich in phytoestrogens and antioxidants to stimulate hydration and elasticity. Immediately after it, you will have a radiant and youthful-looking complexion that is guaranteed to get people talking!
Let us help you get your skin sorted for the summer. Call our Jumeirah branch now to book an appointment and say bonjour to beautiful skin!

Your Beauty Wish is On Demand!

Great new beauty lovers, Pastels Salon has teamed up with bgX to deliver an unrivalled beauty experience straight to your door, wherever that may be!

bgX is a groundbreaking global beauty tech platform connecting beauty salons to consumers at their location on a hyper-localised basis, enabling not only on-demand mobile beauty services but also e-commerce product delivery to them in – wait for it – less than 30 minutes! That’s right, you can browse, buy and enjoy from the comfort of your sofa/office chair/gym (delete as appropriate!) in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favourite Netflix show!

bgX is the first company to announce a global partnership with Uber for business and as a result it has seamlessly integrated into the Uber drivers’ network to deliver hair and beauty services – and thanks to a debut collaboration with us – products to customers.
Currently active in London, Paris, Dubai, NYC and LA, it will soon launch across an additional 40 cities in the US with the potential for almost 600 to be bgX destinations, thanks to amazing strategic partnerships which will support the global expansion of the platform. For the first time, premium brands such as Kerastase, Shu Uemera, Redken and Essie can delivered from our salons to a location convenient to you!
It’s so easy – to start enjoying this service beauty fans, simply download the bgX app and go to SHOP .

Are You Ready To Join Our Team?

Are you passionate about the hair industry? Are you an optimistic, outgoing person who thrives on new challenges and wants to experience new cultures? Would you like to work in one of the most exciting cities in the world, enjoying year-round sunshine? If the answer to these questions is yes, then read on!

The multi award-winning Pastels Salon Dubai is currently scouting for new hairdressing talent!

The dynamic salon brand is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, creative and talented female stylists to join its amazing and sought-after team.

The ideal candidate would have completed NVQ training to a high level and have completed further training to ensure she excels at all aspects of hairdressing. She would have a minimum of seven years salon experience and an expert knowledge of all the latest trends and techniques in the hair industry. She will also need to be an outstanding team player who is committed to building a client list and be responsible for her column.

Aside from a generous commission structure, working at Pastels Salon offers fantastic and unrivalled opportunities for your career to thrive. This includes the chance to participate in advanced training programmes, the opportunity to feature in media outlets such as Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Vogue Middle East, as well as be involved in fashion shows and become a member of the salon’s artistic team who create the internationally-acclaimed annual in-house photoshoot supported by L’Oreal.

Trade tests will be held in London very soon so if you believe you have the skills, talent and positive go-getting attitude that the salon is looking for; then Pastels wants to hear from you now!

Email recruitment@pastels-salon.com  with your CV, a recent photo and the reasons why you have what it takes to be part of the next – and even more successful – chapter of the Pastels Salon story!



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