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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Kriss: A Funky Beauty Salon in Mohandiseen
In theory there is nothing more relaxing than spending a morning or afternoon at a beauty salon to get pampered and spoiled. Numerous adverts, films and brochures give the impression that all it takes is to lie down and have someone take care of you. Of course, in real life we all know this is not exactly the case where most of us have probably witnessed a fellow patron breaking down in tears because eyebrow shaping can be so painful. After all, the saying ‘beauty is pain’ didn’t come from nothing.
With summer approaching we felt the need to head down to a beauty salon for some necessary maintenance. We decided to try Kriss by Aswan Square in Mohandiseen, just across from Gouthe and Tornado. Kriss has several branches all over Cairo and is quite a big name in the beauty salon market.
The entrance to the salon is bright and very white; the amicable staff will help you from that point onwards. Downstairs is a section for men only, where gentlemen can enjoy a haircut for 50LE, while the upstairs division is all for the ladies. After specifying our waxing and sugaring wishes we got led into a private room with a very friendly practitioner.
The waxing (45LE) was done swiftly and with precision. After finishing, the practitioner made sure to remove all the wax residue and applied oil to soften the skin. The sugaring (70LE) process was as painful as ever but very thorough; thankfully the practitioner works really fast so you are only in pain for a maximum of ten minutes. There is a shower conveniently located in the room, making it easy to rinse off afterwards – upon finishing we were presented with a cosy towel. Though the venue is very clean overall, we still spotted some hairs on the floor and in the towels.
After finishing these treatments we decided to have a pedicure (50LE), it is shibshib season after all. The manicure/pedicure department has two chairs for pedicures and a few seats for manicures. The design is quite funky and the flowery chairs are without a doubt some of the coolest we’ve seen in a beauty salon. The pedicure started off with a nice hot bowl and afterwards came a lot of filing, buffing and cuticle cleaning; our feet also received a scrub and our nails were perfectly cut and filed. Though we wanted to have our nails polished, the pedicurist advised against it because we didn’t have flip flops. While we didn’t get our own hair done, we couldn’t help but notice how great other ladies’ looked after styling.
Apart from the treatments, Kriss also has a little shop where you can buy hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, blow dryers and hair stylers. The same brands used by the salon are on sale such as Chi and L’Oreal. With its pleasant staff and good service, we definitely wouldn’t mind returning to Kriss.
With hair salons in Cairo ranging from high-end boutiques to small-time neighbourhood parlours, it’s often a gruelling task to find a decent hairdresser at a justifiable price. Hidden inside a residential apartment building in Heliopolis, Diva Line aims to provide a team of professionally trained hairstylists at reasonable prices.
Boasting a modern, chic interior, the white décor is coupled with gorgeous neon green and purple accents. Entering the salon, the tiny, cramped reception area contains just a couch and the cashiers’ desk, as well as a glass display case featuring well-known branded beauty products, such as Global Keratin.
The hairdressing area is split into two parts; the main hall has six hairdressing stations, a waiting area, washing basins and special seating for the hooded hair-dryers. The back area, meanwhile, is reserved for threading, waxing and make-up, as well as a separate closed-room for veiled women.
We requested a fringe trim (30LE-50LE depending on hair type), followed by curling (70LE). Leading us over to the basins, we were robed before a towel was draped over our shoulders. The assistant made quick work with the shampooing and spent a few extra minutes conditioning our hair, complete with a luxurious scalp massage.
We were then moved to the hairdressing area; each station is equipped with roomy leather chairs and full-length mirrors. Lebanese hairdressers are employed in all of their chains, and are strictly there to cut and style hair as needed and after a short explanation to our selected expert, he got to work. The hairdresser showed an impressive aptitude, not limiting himself to just the fringe; he went on to make sure that the rest of the locks were the proper length to compliment our new trim.
After he finished, an assistant was called over to blow dry our hair straight; the assistant was not only gentle, but kept the scolding air turned away from our skin. Next, a slim straightening iron was employed to add loose, yet shapely, curls which were held in place with a quick spritz of long-lasting hairspray. Although thorough, the entire process took too long for our liking, though, and admittedly, we grew a little impatient.
Chic and professional, Diva Line provides professional hairdressing services at affordable prices that unsurprisingly results in unwavering customer loyalty.