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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
La Coupe: Luxurious Salon Now in Zamalek
With a few branches already running in Mohandessin, Heliopolis and Sheikh Zayed, La Coupe recently made its debut in Zamalek, located on Mohamed Anis Street.
Down the block from Didos, their Zamalek branch is conveniently located within walking distance from Maraashly and Taha Hussein Streets. Decorated in white, black and grey, with a large window to the side, the shop feels spacious and luxurious.
With our roots growing out and our locks calling for a trim, we decided to let Marwan, their stylist, make recommendations for improvement. After consultation, we decided to go ahead with a chocolate brown dye and a trim. Beginning with the colouring process (250LE–350LE), the colourist worked on the roots while an assistant mixed the main colour under Marwan’s supervision. The colourist was careful that the mix was solid and well-blended, but gave it room for natural sun colouration as well.
After the colouring, we opted for a Kérastase ampoule treatment (100LE) to hydrate. The end result was exactly as we wanted – a chocolate brown hue that was rich and deep with reddish undertones.
We’ve been told Marwan works miracles with short hair, and having had a bad run-in with a pair of scissors recently, we decided to throw caution to the wind and let him snip away. After about 15 minutes of what seemed like random cutting, the result a messily styled bob that hit the mark.
Next, we decided to get a manicure (40LE). Led into a room with little foot-baths and a long couch, we resisted the temptation to sink into the sofa, and instead surrendered our hands. Like many parlours that don’t specialize in nails, they don’t accommodate you for just a manicure, the set-up is designed for a full hand-and-foot treatment. With an assortment of funky-coloured nail polishes to choose from, we sat through a thorough filing, brushing, clipping and polish. We did however have to remind the manicurist to apply a topcoat.
The parlour also offers waxing and sugaring (60LE for arms, 80LE for legs); Moroccan facial treatments can be done by appointment for 500LE.
Other hair treatments include hair masks (150LE) and Kérastase Caviar Treatment (400LE). A haircut ranges between 100LE to 120LE, while Keratin hair treatments start at 800LE for the Crystal treatment and a hefty 1,800 LE for the regular treatment.
With the busyness of city life, the growing scope of Cairo’s health and fitness establishments is not only essential, but also thoroughly appreciated. Tucked away in a side street of Heliopolis’ classy Ard El Golf district, Bliss Spa offers a complete spectrum of beautifying and relaxing treatments necessary for a total rejuvenation.
The venue opens into an expansive reception area that houses a front desk, a waiting area and the hairdressing area. We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation and entertained ourselves with the wide array of glamour magazines provided. This also gave us time to appreciate the cleanliness and the refreshing aura, as well as the smooth jazz playing quietly in the background.
Not long after, we were led by our masseuse to the massage room located at the back past the spacious ‘hamam’ used for the Moroccan/Turkish bath. Bliss Spa also has areas reserved for pedicures, makeup and threading, as well as a private room for waxing.
Out of the massages available at Bliss Spa, we selected the ‘Best Value’ option (280LE) – a tailored massage that incorporates a variety of techniques based on the concerns of the client.
Entering the massage room, we were greeted by a rejuvenating bouquet of floral scents, candle lighting and a small garden arrangement. The masseuse left us in the room for a few minutes to change out of our clothes and soak up the relaxing ambience. A soothing mixture of lemon grass and lavender oil was used for the duration of the all-body massage. Thankfully, we were treated to an hour-long process in which our masseuse expertly kneaded out every knot from our feet and legs, up to our shoulders and neck.
Next on the program was the generic, 60 minute facial (250LE) that started off with a makeup removal and a facial massage with a deep cream-based cleanser. This was followed by a refreshing swab of toner and then ten minutes under the facial steamer. Afterwards, the meticulous extraction process began, and though it felt a tad uncomfortable we were grateful that our masseuse seemed to know when to ease the pressure. After another quick toning to disinfect from the impurities pushed out, a clay mask was applied and left for a good 20 minutes. The mask was sponged off with lukewarm water, before a viscous layer of face cream was applied, massaged in and then patted down with warm hands for extra absorption.
With such sensitive skin, we were slightly wary of the products used. However, thankfully all the brands used were incredibly gentle and did nothing to aggravate our skin’s condition.
Although not as high-end as the city’s renowned hotel spas, Bliss Spa has an impeccable aura and a great team of professionally trained beauticians which makes visiting a rewarding experience in itself.