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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Kriss: One of Cairo’s Top Hair Salons
There’s nothing like a little trip to the salon to make you feel like a million pounds. While Cairo is definitely not short on coiffeurs, Kriss is arguably one of the top hair salons, having gained a popular following and established a strong reputation over the past decade.
With several branches spread out through Cairo, our favourite Kriss salon happens to be in Korba. Located on Baghdad Street and next door to TBS; the salon's entrance is on the 1st floor. As it can get quite busy, it is recommended that you book your appointment ahead if you require a specific stylist; or you could try your luck with a walk-in and expect to wait a while.
Kriss’s love for a little modern flair is easy to spot with the all silver and black decor. Once you pass the reception desk, cosy velvet couches and chairs are waiting for you. The upbeat jazz tunes provide just enough energy to get you revved up about the treatment you’re about to receive.
The nail bar is located in the waiting area; it’s impeccably organized and pristinely clean. Black detail lamps compliment the tables nicely and with a wall of OPI polishes on the back wall, you know that the nail technicians take their colour seriously. Manicures and pedicures start at around 30LE.
When it comes to the hair, though; the staff at Kriss are armed, ready and intent on mastering the task at hand. With a little extra groove than most, the hair washing bowls are definitely comfortable; but the wash itself could use some work. While we proudly admit that getting our hair washed is more pleasurable than the cut and style itself, it just didn’t last long enough. Nonetheless, it was a relaxing and thorough experience, so maybe we’re being too picky.
The hairstylist is appropriately sensitive and never pulls too hard when it comes to getting all of those tangles out. The hairdressers are aplenty; but if you’re looking for a fuss-free and efficient haircut (70LE), Beshu does a great job. He doesn’t stay quiet about his expert advice, but he won’t take the scissors anywhere that you don’t permit him to. When it comes to a hair blow dry (80LE), he’s a master with the brushes.
Other services include hair colouring, formal up-dos, and skin treatments as well. Kriss has been popular for some time now; and seeing as how we were quite satisfied with our services; we now know why.
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.