Have you been suffering from hair loss ever since you moved to the UAE? Join the club! A common issue among many residents, we thought it was about time to get to the root of this hair-pulling problem. Whether it’s work, water or wayyyy too much stress, our fast-moving lifestyle can be especially tough on our tresses. Hair fall is a huge worry for both women and men, so we’ve done some digging to find you the best ways to keep your luscious locks lookin’ reaaaal good.
1. Go Blu and say #yesfilter
Apart from hot summer weather, our tresses deal with a number of stresses, from air conditioning to chemically-treated water in our showers, A simple way to combat this is by adding a Blu filter to your shower head. It reduces the amount of chlorine and minerals in the water, resulting in healthier and better looking hair. Wondering where you can pick up this miracle maker?
2. Get a head massage
An easy (and super relaxing) way to kick-start new hair growth, studies show that head massages can increase blood flow to your scalp and enhance the strength of your roots. While most salons offer fabulous massages, we’ve tried (and loved) the personalised head massage at The Works Salon & Spa.
3. Make it organic
An age-old ritual from South Asia, oiling the hair with natural products such as coconut, avocado or amla oil has been the secret ingredient to Indian women’s enviable curls. We picked up a bottle of organic coconut oil from Down to Earth Organic and oiled up at least once a week. All we can say is that it’s the real deal!
4. Mask your mane
If you’re not keen on heading to the hair salon to keep on track with your deep conditioning treatments, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to. Browse through Net-a-porter’s haircare section online, and discover a range of moisturising masks and treatments from exclusive haircare brands like Onira Organics and Oribe.
5. Take vitamin pills
If you’re living it up Dubai style, chances are you may not be taking care of your diet. Boozy brunches, extravagant meals and late-night noshes take their toll on your body. An easy way to give yourself and your hair a quick boost is to start taking vitamins like Biotin and Niacin. Proven to help keep hair happy, healthy and shiny, you can pick up these supps along with a number of healthy ingredients from well-being stores such as Holland & Barrett and GNC.
6. Keep it fresh
One of the easiest ways to keep your hair in tip-top shape is with regular maintenance. Most hair stylists recommend getting haircuts every 6-8 weeks in order to get rid of any damaged ends. In need of a good trim? Visit any one of the experienced hair stylists at SLaM for a cut that’ll give your look an instant lift.
7. Go for deep conditioning
While most salons offer some form of deep conditioning to help bring back moisture to your mane, our fave treatment has got to be the Kerastase Kerathermie, which takes place in 4 stages to create reaaallly long lasting effects. Available at both Jetset and Pastels Salon, prices for Kerastase services start at around AED 110.
8. Invest in the best
The ‘Hair Guru’, the ‘Hair Wizard’ and the ‘Hair Doctor’ are just a few of the titles bestowed upon celebrity Trichologist, Philip Kingsley. From his signature pre-shampoo treatment the ‘elasticizer’ to his intensive hair regrowth kits, your locks are in very good hands with any of his products. You’ll find several of his kits available at either Bloomingdale’s or Harvey Nichols; we’d suggest doing some research beforehand to find the products best suited to your hair type.
9. Smooth things over
Created by renowned hair colourist Shaun P and loved by countless A-list celebs, The Tangle Teezer hair brush is a must-have accessory for any Dubai resident that’s dealing with knotted, rough locks. Order yours online at desertcart.ae and receive it within just a few days.
10. Fake it ’til you make it
If all else fails and you just can’t get your mane back to its original glory, you can always opt for hair extensions (no one ever has to know!). Offering everything from wigs to clip-ons, you’ll even find natural and synthetic hair pieces available at Karkafi Hair Boutique.