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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 hair and beauty salons being some of Cairo’s most essential businesses, it’s a surprise that so many fall short of expectations. Harbouring a reputation as the city’s food-court Island, Zamalek is steadily expanding into – and arguably hogging – the salon scene. Newest spa and salon, Nails & More, has opened up almost next door to Toi, on El Gezira El-Wosta Street.
With valet parking close-by, the small salon is easily noticeable with their large motif spread over the front facade. The frosted glass front door is locked for extra privacy, concealing the girly haven beyond; using shades of aquamarine, hot pink and soft creams, along with pretty chandeliers, the salon is both trendy and cosy.
Calling only a little in advance, we were graciously slotted in at our desired time for a manicure (50LE), as well as a full leg wax (80LE). The salon also offers hair treatments such as brushing (70LE), cuts (100LE) and highlights (300LE+). A full range of spa treatments are also available including Moroccan bath (250LE), massages and body scrubs, facials, makeup and acrylic nails.
Reputable hair, nail and beauty products are sold from behind the counter; namely Orly nail polish.
Before being shown through to the waxing room, we were offered a complimentary drink, and took it upon ourselves to choose our nail polish; the tidy displays sport numerous shades and brands. The waxing room is a little cramped, but adequate and clean nonetheless, with fresh towels strewn over the bed. Aside from a couple of wires hanging from the wall, the room carries the same, homely feel as the rest of the salon. Seen to by the owner herself, the process was fast, thorough and virtually painless; afterwards we were handed a fresh towel to clean off any extra oil, and left to re-dress in private.
With just three seats, side tables and fixed pedicure basins, the nail-care area has a relaxing vibe and due to limited seating, is unlikely to ever become over-crowded. Our manicure – carried out by a technician named Marwa – was equally as thorough as the waxing, with the usual filing and cutting of cuticles, before our hands were exfoliated and oiled with a delicious smelling perfume. Two coats of our chosen nail polish was applied absolutely flawlessly, with both top and bottom coats to improve longevity.
Nails & More is a cutesy, professional addition to the growing number of salons in Zamalek, we just hope that - as its popularity grows - the schedules are managed effectively to avoid overcrowding.