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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.
Big or small, fancy or basic, there's no end of beauty salons in Cairo. Tucked away in the heart of Masaken Sheraton, Ahmed Taha first started as a neighbourhood salon that fostered a reputation based on quality and integrity. With another Heliopolis branch established since, we decided to visit the original venue, built underneath the apartment building that the founder lived in.
While the salon cannot boast high-end status, their team of hairstylists and beauticians have either been trained in certified institutes, or have extensive experience. The shop has two entrances; the main one opens to the hairdressing floor where Ahmed Taha’s prized stylists work, whilst a smaller, private entrance was recently created for veiled women who feel uncomfortable walking through the main area to reach the back room.
The salon was recently renovated and now boasts sleeker whitewashed walls and gleaming ceramic floors as well as new equipment, including full-length mirrors and leather chairs. Offering all the services expected of a beauty parlour, Ahmed Taha does cuts (70LE), styling (40LE), colouring (200LE), waxing, threading (+15LE), and an assortment of beautifying hair masks and facials – though on good conscience, we can’t recommend that you receive your facials here.
Although we’ve had decent haircuts on previous visits, our trusted hairdresser was at their second branch, and unavailable for the day. Instead, we opted instead for a blow-dry, curling and eyebrow threading treatments. Immediately tended to, we were lead to the wash basin where our hair was shampooed and conditioned, as well as detangled with a wide-toothed comb.
While most of the hairstylists operating on the main floor are men, we found that they were much chattier than most female beauticians we have come across; the conversation was forced even during the loud roar of the blow-dryer.
Excessive small-talk aside, the styling process was efficient and full of interesting quirks as our hairstylist incorporated rarely-seen methods of volumising and curling, which made the whole experience quite exciting. Locking in the strands with a quick comb-through of a gloss serum by popular-brand, Chi, our styling was complete.
Next, we moved to the backroom where the waxing, threading and private hairdressing takes place. The environment was much livelier as most of the salon’s patrons reside in the surrounding neighbourhood, making the shop a gathering place for sewing-circle gossip. With efficient aptitude, our beautician expertly threaded our eyebrows with almost no discomfort felt on our part. Besides threading, she also plucked when needed and trimmed the longer hairs down to equal length.
Ahmed Taha may not be the most glamorous hair salon to be found in the capital, but it’s affordable prices encourages loyalty and makes the parlour a sociable, beautifying haven.