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.