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Diva 3

Diva 3: Boutique Beauty Salon in Maadi

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Nour Motawa
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Diva 3: Boutique Beauty Salon in Maadi

Recently opened in
the Sakanat El Maadi neighbourhood near Maadi Grand Mall in Cairo, Diva 3 is a
luxurious gem of a beauty salon in an area that desperately needs it. Following
in the footsteps of Pace e Luce, Diva 3 offers a similarly glamorous, but more
low-key and affordable salon experience.

Located on the ground
floor of a commercial building, the salon is elegantly presented with
glass-panelled windows, sleek black furniture, chic glass coffee tables and
impressive hair stations featuring mini-flat-screen TVs playing Fashion TV.
Flattering lighting, comfortable styling and hair-washing chairs add to the
overall experience at Diva.

The staff is professional
and welcoming, offering refreshments and responding helpfully to customer
requests for reading material, although said reading material left much to be
desired, with the English magazines on offer consisting of telecom industry
trade magazines and a publication about yachts. Arabic magazines were better,
with a good stock of the usual women’s and gossip magazines.  

Stylists are clearly
intelligent and well-trained; a request for a complicated signature style was
received enthusiastically and executed flawlessly. A wash and blow dry will set
you back a pricey 70LE; but unlike some other overpriced salons, the result is
excellent and lasting. While the price is steep, the atmosphere and
quality of the service might be worth it.

Other services at Diva 3
include hair cutting (80LE) and colouring (250LE and up), manicures (50LE) and
pedicures (60LE), waxing (40LE and up) and threading (15LE and up).
Manicures and pedicures can be conducted at your salon chair if you are getting
your hair styled, or in the comfort of a private spa area at the back of the

The spa area, like
the rest of the salon, is impeccably clean – no need to bring your own
nail set here – and is staffed by very competent, helpful and attentive technicians.

Although it’s a very
high-end salon, Diva 3 lacks the snobbish atmosphere of some of the big-name
salons in Cairo. It feels like your humble neighbourhood salon; but cleaner,
more comfortable and a little bit more expensive. For regular salon visits or a
special occasion splurge, Diva 3 stands out from the crowd of Maadi hair and
beauty salons, and definitely merits a visit.

360 Tip

Get gorgeous nails for less: cleaning and colour is just 30LE compared to 50LE for a full manicure.

Best Bit

A cosy boutique salon with great stylists 

Worst Bit

The English reading material is strange and prices are a bit steep

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