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Agouza, Cairo, Egypt.
Hair Extension: Extension Shop & Salon in Agouza
Ever wished your hair was a bit longer, thicker or more interesting? Hair Extension in Agouza might be the place to visit. In the evenings, the illuminated, large red signage is noticeable from every angle and the glass shopfront and tall walls proudly display, as the name suggests, the extensions and hair pieces for sale.
We were greeted by a smiley shop assistant who was more than happy to help with our browsing. Hair extension stock real, Indian hair, rather than the cheaper polystyrene mix which is less durable. Real hair allows you to treat the extensions as if they were your own; it gives you the ability to curl, straighten and blow dry, without frazzling them.
The extensions come in a multitude of different lengths, colours - including various blondes - and with a range of fixing methods. If they don't have the exact colour of your hair, for an extra fee, the salon upstairs are able to dye the packed hair to match. The attachment options include bonding and micro rings, weaving and clip-ins. Bonding and micro-ring extensions are glued to the root of your own hair, creating a long-lasting, natural effect. These may possibly be the most convenient, but they are however, the most expensive.
The shortest length of these extensions cost 700LE and the longest will set you back 1470LE per packet. Depending on the length and thickness of your own hair, you may need several packs to create a big-volume effect, and of course, you'll need to pay a professional to put them in.
The clip-in extensions are more reasonable, costing 7LE per gram. A thick weft of hair, suitable for a whole head, would cost 686LE. If you're a newbie to hair extensions, it would be advisable to get a hairdresser to sew on the clip bits and demonstrate how they are put in and taken out as it may take some practice. We were quoted 400LE for this process but we reckon this could either be haggled down or found cheaper elsewhere.
Along with natural looking hair extensions, the shop also has wigs and colourful party pieces; you can change your hairstyle for an evening or add temporary, small streaks of colour without the hassle of hair dye. The on-site hair dresser can also order in hair extensions if they haven't already got exactly what you're looking for.
Hair extensions are a convenient, fun, and (supposedly) long-lasting way to achieve a desired look. Although Hair Extension seems to be a little on the expensive side, they will guide you through the extension process from start to finish in order to give you those perfect hair days.
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.