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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Pace e Luce: Lebanese Hair Salon Now Open in Cairo
At long last, Maadi receives its own luxury hair salon with the first Egyptian branch of Pace e Luce, the renowned Lebanese salon brand. Housed in a palatial villa with beautifully manicured lawns and a large valet parking pavilion, Pace e Luce is a haven of sophistication and style in a neighbourhood that notoriously lacks in quality hair salon options.
The salon has several spacious stylish rooms on the ground floor, with spa treatment areas located upstairs. The interiors are sleek, with small plasma televisions next to each chair tuned to Fashion TV. Hair washing chairs are high-tech, with adjustable leg rests that prevent neck cramping during washing.
Friendly bilingual staff members greet as you enter, ready to whisk you off to whatever service that you require. Unsurprisingly, many of the stylists at Pace e Luce are Lebanese, a positive sign when it comes to their expertise in cutting and colouring.
Along with the usual menu of blow-dry, cutting, colouring and elaborate updos as well as mani-pedis, Pace e Luce also offers an extensive service menu providing many options rarely offered in other Cairo hair salons. Services include a range of facials starting at 400LE, Keratin treatments (price upon request), as well as teeth whitening, tanning and permanent makeup (prices vary according to the number of sessions required). They also offer makeup classes and bridal packages.
A basic blow-dry will set you back a hefty 100LE, a record high for a Cairo hair salon that is not located inside a five-star hotel. While the atmosphere and service at Pace e Luce are sublime, this price is difficult to justify in a city where the same service can be found for as little as 35LE. Furthermore, it is hard to prove that stylists at this upscale salon possess superior blow-drying skills that justify the insane price.
That being said, for high-quality cutting and colour services, Pace e Luce is an excellent choice. Cuts start at 200LE and colouring at 250LE, but these prices are reasonable when considering the long-term damage that could result from undergoing these treatments at less professional salons.
Relax after your treatment at their ladies’ coffee shop, which serves drinks and sandwiches made with the salon's homemade baguettes! The salon also has a VIP lounge for a private spa experience.
For a truly superior salon experience in Maadi with high standards of service, style and quality, Pace e Luce is the luxury haven for those looking for equal measures of skill and style in their salon experience.
New Cairo is currently booming with new shops, restaurants, lounges and spas, with Ahmed & Abdou being the latest chain of beauty salons to jump on the bandwagon. We can never say no to some pampering and so, amidst shopping around the growing Cairo Festival City Mall, we found ourselves heading towards the beauty parlour for some much needed relaxation.
Located on the 2nd floor of the still pristine mall, Ahmed & Abdou gives a rather luxurious high-end vibe with its grey and white colour scheme and modern furnishings. Much to our relief, there were no stereotypical, tacky decorations, or cheap and cheesy pictures of dolled up celebrities in sight.The overall design of the place was quite classy and the coveted salon offers all kinds of hair and nail treatments.
Upon entrance, we were greeted by the cashier and receptionist who asked what treatments we wanted. Upon requesting a trim and blow-dry (200LE altogether), he typed in our names and mobile numbers and escorted us inside. The place was, much to our surprise, smaller than we thought it would be and packed to the brim with customers. We were seated on the rather uncomfortable couches and remained so for about 20 minutes before we were taken to the hair sinks.
The quick and efficient staff massaged and washed our hair with top-notch shampoos and conditioners and skilfully untangled our hair without yanking almost any strands out. Our hairdresser immediately came by and patiently listened to our requests; no-fuss trims that kept the length of our hair pretty much intact. He began to snip away with our demands in mind and, shockingly, used quite unusual trimming methods - but our gut instincts told us to remain silent and trust him.
He finished cutting away, massaged some serum into our strands and began blow-drying them. Much to our dismay, we started smelling some burned hair and the heat immediately began stinging our faces; he was using extremely high heat. The finished look was not quite how we expected it would be. The trim was on-point and he definitely listened to pleads for our hair to remain lengthy but the blow-drying was nothing special, with our hair lacking the anticipated volume.
All in all, our experience at Ahmed & Abdou was satisfactory but lacked any wow factors; we were pleased with the trim, yet unamused by the overall styling. The fact that the place was crowded also meant that it was noisy and did not allow us to unwind and relax at all. We, however, thought it’s a nice staple salon to hit during beauty emergencies.