Sign in using your account with
Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Le Figaro: Zamalek Beauty Salon Stuck in Time Warp
If there is one shopping centre in Zamalek that is often neglected it’s the Degla shopping centre on Hassan Sabry Street. Many people are completely unaware of the existence of the centre and when you arrive there the entire place is often empty. Le Figaro is the one hairdresser located in the shopping mall. You can find it on the second floor tucked away in the corner close to Ghazl El Banat.
The interior of Le Figaro is so outdated it’s retro; the 70’s prevail. However, everything looks very clean and well taken care of. There are fresh flowers on the counter so you can’t say they aren’t trying to make something out of it. It’s best not to look at the pictures of brides on the wall above the cash register. The brides featured in these pictures are probably already celebrating their 25th anniversary and so are their haircuts. Most of the products on display are L’Oreal and Chi which are of course known to be very good brands for hair products.
We decided to go for a wash and blow-dry (80LE) and a manicure (35LE). The best thing is that we had both done at the same time which is a huge time saver. It did mean, however, that our manicure lady got blown away by the hair dryer every once in a while, but she seemed able to cope with that. After having our hair washed we took place on one of the seats and let the hairdresser do his thing. The only instruction he was given was: volume. The manicure started off well but the end result wasn’t too pleasing. Instead of making the nails pink or leaving them clear, they were covered with light white polish. This would have been ok had she applied just one layer instead of two and if the nail polish wasn’t expired. Unfortunately we see a lot of old nail polish being used around town, resulting in ugly, unevenly polished and messy nails.
Our blow dry fared well but just like the interior it was 70’s inspired. Though we don’t mind looking like Farrah Fawcett every once in a while, it wouldn’t hurt the stylist to keep up with trends. However, we woke up the next morning with our hair still looking good. The hairdresser advised regular hair masks; he isn’t just there to make you look good but he takes care of your hair too.
Though we were satisfied with the blow dry, 80LE is a bit on the expensive side and we hope Le Figaro will use that money to invest in new nail polish.
While the pulsing neon lights and energetic pace of the capital provide an atmosphere that cultivates adventure, the arid winds and dense smog easily extinguish the verve of even the most zealous city dweller. The healthy balance of mind, body and spirit is an integral aspect to surviving Cairo and there's no better way than pampering the barrier that protects you from the harsh elements of the city.
Skin Säde is a Finnish skin clinic that promotes natural and non-invasive treatments and facials that diagnose and provide skin with exactly what it needs. This attitude is what differentiates Skin Säde from other dermatology centers in the city.
Located in the El Motameyaz District of 6th of October City, Skin Säde operates from a large villa shared with a dental clinic. After reserving over the phone, we walked into the beautifully decorated reception area and were immediately greeted by our selected clinician. The clinic has a framed 'menu' with all the provided facials from the Classic Facial Massage (100LE) to the more inclusive Lift BTX Facial (500LE).
We were then led inside to the treatment room and given a general medical sheet to fill out and then told to remove any jewelry and loose clothing.
We were left for a few minutes to soak up the relaxing atmosphere and soothing music. In addition to the warm environment, the tools and machines were impeccably organised and were either completely sterilised or used disposable parts.
After getting comfortable in the plushy chair, our therapist began the Hydrating Facial (450LE) by first cleansing and removing make-up with a cleansing milk, then followed by a toning gel. The products used are all of the same line by renowned brand, Oxynergy Paris. After the cleansing process, our therapist began inspecting our skin under a light to assess the type and the following procedures required.
Determining that our skin type was 'oily' and identifying the areas that need extraction, our therapist prepared a chemical peel with the active ingredients of salicylic and glycolic acid. She explained the difference between chemical and enzyme peels and how each is appropriate for a specific skin type. Talking us through each step, she assured us that the peel will cause a slight tingling and heat sensation that is completely normal and is no cause for alarm.
After a few minutes, the peel was removed and the steaming process began. Used to open pores to prep the skin for the extraction process, the steam was kept at a comfortable distance and allowed for normal breathing. Including ozone in the steam, we were told that it would disinfect and soothe our skin after the chemical peel.
When our pores were sufficiently opened, the extraction process commenced. Gentle and entirely delicate, our therapist expertly tended to our problem areas with extreme tact and dexterity.
To close our pores after the extraction, a frequency machine was used. Completely painless and rather relaxing, the nozzle was made of a felt material and was used on the entire face. After the frequency machine, a serum was applied and a galvanic machine was used to aid the skin to completely absorb the serum.
The final treatment was a luxurious shoulder massage using essential oils and a face massage using a collagen pack and, as our appointment was in the evening, a night cream.
Comprehensive and professional, Skin Säde employs the most experienced skin therapists that we have personally encountered in the skin care industry. With reasonable prices and amazing packages, Skin Säde has a reputation built on honesty and professionalism.