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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Diva Line: Affordable Hair Salon in Heliopolis
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.
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.