I finally did it! My first Brazilian Blowout experience…



So if you’ve been reading anything me and Dee have been writing, you will have noticed that we have hair issues. “Blessed” with typical Egyptian naturally curly and frizzy hair, we have tried every trick in the book to escape our afro-genetic makeup. I won’t bore you with stories of my own hair destruction (rebonding! GAH!!), and how after 5 years I’ve finally grown the damage out and have succumbed to the fact that this is my hair. But that’s the truth. I’ve given up blowdrying it straight as the harsh airconditioning and sun dries it out enough already. I’m also absolutely no fun with straight hair. Once I’ve put the effort in to getting it straight I won’t do anything to compromise it! Beach this weekend? No thanks. Go for a run? Nah! Pool party? Forget about it!

Every now and then these discount voucher websites send me emails with Keratin straightening, Brazilian Blowouts and all the rest of them. I’ve bought about 4 vouchers over the years but have cancelled every appointment after researching horror stories of how women have lost all their hair doing the treatments! I became somewhat of an expert on formaldehyde content, FDA approvals and the brands to stay away from.

So when I heard about a salon in JLT offering all of the different straightening and smoothening systems I thought ‘Let me have a looksie’. I’m talking about Senses Salon in Tiffany Tower JLT. I called them up and spoke to a woman called Zaida, who turned out to be the manager/owner of the salon. We had such a comprehensive discussion on the products and my concerns that I felt my confidence levels rising. What the hey – I booked it!!

Yesterday I went to the salon and was met with the loveliest collection of salon staff I have ever encountered. The appointment started with a wonderful hair stylist discussing ALL of my hair straightening and smoothening options. I said that I didn’t want it poker straight, or even straight at all really – I don’t mind my curls I just mind the frizz! I said that ideally I would like my hair wavy and soft. She suggested the Brazilian Blowout and told me what to expect as a result – soft, frizz-free hair that’s slightly less curly than I have. Sounded perfect, but I was still skeptical, but decided to go ahead and bite the bullet! After shampooing my hair with special oxygenating shampoo to open the hair shafts, they sat me down and started applying a clear liquid to my hair in sections. They use the California Malibu system made famous by all sorts of celebs. It only has 0.2% formaldehyde and is FDA and Dubai Municipality approved. I sat with the product in for 20 minutes then they started blow drying my hair. This part I did wear a face mask for – the product can irritate the eyes and nose and I did find my eyes slightly irritated when the product was heated up and evaporated off my hair. This is the part I didn’t like – but I knew to expect it from my research and from their own warning. After blowdrying it the tedious part started – they straightened every centimetre of my hair; thoroughly!! It took about 40 minutes (when my hair is straightened it reaches the middle of my back!) and I started getting scared again that my hair would end up this straight. The poor stylists had to keep reassuring me and enduring my constant “It’s not going to be THIS straight right??”. Like I said, I’ve done a LOT to my hair in the past and know that trying to make it poker straight looks terrible.

After the straightening was over, to my delight, they took me straight to the sinks (by the way, they have the COMFIEST hair washing seats ever! They’re reclining chairs and your head rests on a flat cushion instead of those neck-breaking curvy sinks!) and washed my hair! No 3-day waiting with flat hair! They applied a neutralising mask for 5 minutes (I almost fell asleep – seriously comfy seats!) and then rinsed it out. The whole process took about 2.5 hours – much quicker than I expected!

The moment of truth – they removed the towel and to my amazement my hair was wavy and SO soft to touch. I could see that the frizz was gone instantly. They wanted to blow dry my hair for me but I insisted on leaving it wet and letting it dry naturally as this was my ultimate goal. By the time I had got to the gym to meet Dee 30 minutes later my hair was dry, wavy and soft. Dee’s hair jealously flared INSTANTLY and I was intstructed to immediately book an appointment for her which I did – she’s going tonight at 5pm so lets see how hers turns out!

I’m so happy with the results and cannot recommend this product more. More than that, I cannot recommend a salon more that Senses in JLT for this treatment – wonderful staff and a wonderful professional application of this Brazilian Blowout. The whole process will set you back 1000-2000 AED depending on your hair length which, might seem pricey, but with the right care (no sodium chloride in your shampoo, etc) it should last for 6 months. Best part? It doesnt grow out and give you stodgy roots – it washes out so your hair is back to it’s natural state in 6 months. I’ll let you know how long it lasts, but I’m quietly confident that I’m totally hooked!!

If you want to know more about the product and what it can do for you, speak to my new friend Zaida at Senses Salon on 04 4572290.

Toodles for now.

Dal xx


The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Compact Foundation – A review

I’m always on the lookout for my next favourite foundation. I go through phases of loving certain brands then I get bored, and want to try something new. So me and Dee hit the mall to do a bit of make-up research and try out some brands. The first place we went was The Body Shop as Dee had run out of her favourite liquid eyeliner from there and wanted a new one. Now I’ve always loved the body shop for their moisturisers, soaps, body washes and, of course, their famous Christmas gift baskets that they make and everyone loves. So when Dee said her best ever liquid eyeliner was from there, it intrigued me. We went into the Mall of the Emirates branch and took a look around. Then something caught my eye. Was that cream foundation? It had ‘Extra Virgin’ written on it and was in an appealing black compact case. I didn’t know The Body Shop made cream foundation. The texture looked just delicious even from 3 metres away. So I took a closer look.



The texture was creamy, not oily, just soft and delightful. I tried a bit on my jaw (don’t use the back of your hand to test colours it is not the same colour as your face!) and went out into the daylight for a better look (shop lighting can be deceiving!). I find that because I’m a yellow brown (wheat as I like to call it) colour matching one foundation to my face is difficult – I tend to mix a few together, which gets tiresome and takes up a lot of make-up bag space! The colour match was fantastic (I got shade 305 – Natural Beige, but it is available in 8 shades). I went back into the store and bought one immediately (only 99 AED!). It comes in a compact with a mirror and the cutest little flat brush that is actually useable! Cream foundations tend to come with a sponge which some people like, but me and Dee rarely use sponges when applying make-up to ourselves or our clients – we’re brush people – so to find a brush, a useful one at that, was a nice surprise. 



I applied the foundation to my face and left it on all for the duration of our shopping day to review when I got home. My skin looked amazing. It goes on creamy and stays dewy looking – not like many cream foundations which turn chalky once you put them on. But it doesn’t make you look oily either. The coverage is medium, but you can thin it out or layer it up for lighter or heavier coverage also. The staying power is really good as long as you’re not too much of a face toucher. You can seal it with powder if you’re going for a night out, but if you want a natural looking daytime foundation with the easiest application, I cannot recommend this product enough. The only people I think who wouldn’t necessarily like it so much, are those with oily skin. I fear it may not stay on well and might look greasy without powder, etc. Dee has drier skin than me also and found that the foundation clung to the dry parts of her skin emphasising them – so perhaps the conclusion is that normal to combination skin 

I’m going back to The Body Shop to check out the rest of their line of products. In my opinion they have seriously stepped into the luxury make-up market, and this foundation is a true contender to the top of the range designer brands. Oh, and their whole line is animal cruelty free. Always a bonus for me! I’ll be back with my reviews of the rest of their products soon.

Toodles for now!

Dal xx