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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Abdullah Halim: Affordable & Durable Hair Styling in Heliopolis
Right off Nabil El Wakad Street in Heliopolis, Abdullah Halim’s beauty salon is thoroughly Egyptian and sufficiently professional; it is a warm and friendly spot that meets your beauty needs. The interior is well organised, not over-the-top and fancy, but neat.
Our hair was washed and then dried out by two different people, preparing to style it as wavy. We asked for the shop’s owner, Abdullah, to perform the task of curling our locks. His fellow employees are great at washing your hair and drying it out but won’t produce the same styling results that last for more than one night. Abdullah does exactly what you ask him for; he won’t show off or force something on you that you don’t like. He styles hair passionately and in accordance to your requests.
A simple blow out will cost you 50LE, which is very reasonable, while an extra 10LE is for a hair wash. If you are planning to go for a more sophisticated hair style, such as a chignon, it will cost a minimum of 70LE.
Other services are also offered; you can get a manicure for 20LE or have acrylic nails done, where each one costs 5LE – guaranteed to stay put for an average of one week.
A separate area for women is available that’s suitable for veiled women or for any hair removal procedures which are offered as well. For 20LE you can have your eyebrows shaped; ask for Abdullah’s wife Nermine - she is excellent.
Other services from Keratin and the new collagen hair treatments are available. You can put extensions, change your hair colour, get a facial as well as receive other beauty treatments, all at reasonable prices.
The staff are amicable, helpful and are diligent in making sure you leave satisfied.
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.