Here, I was sitting on my work desk even on a weekend, afraid to get out into the scorching heat of mid-August Dubai; when I thought – this is it! I have to get out today, but the big question we all face…where to?!
After driving for about 15 minutes on the busy Mohammad Bin Zayed highway, I took the little exit that said “Barari”. One step in and the whole scenery around you transforms from a hazy desert to a lush green little road where you can hear the birds chirping around! My mood was transformed in an instance, and I had only begun my journey. My destination? Heart & Soul Spa, that is housed in this little green haven, was on my list of salons to visit.
Doesn’t it automatically put a smile on your face when someone greets you with a smile? I was welcomed at the spa by Ms. Rhoda, and I must say that she has one of ‘the most beautiful smiles’. #NotEvenKidding
That was the first tick on my list. Also, the spa smells heavenly which made me want to stay at the salon for a bit longer than I usually would.
They say a good hair style can make your day a little brighter which is why my first service was a hair styling session. My hair has never been perfectly curled and requires backcombing, so I raised my concern when Farnaz asked me about the hairstyle I was looking for. She suggested a blow dry for my front hair and curls on the rest of the hair.
The entire session was great where I learnt hair tricks and hacks. We also had a lot of mutual stuff to share which included her visit to Pakistan. The major highlight was her journey of becoming a hairstylist.
Here is a picture from that day, my hair had volume and perfect curls. Exactly what I was looking for!
The second was a manicure session. Before we dig into details, the entrepreneur in me would like to ask you a question. Do you know that your nails create a big beauty salon business? Spending from a $10 to $80 at any salon on a weekly basis costs us all a good amount of money. Getting a good deal is a great idea, right? Not always!
This takes me back in time when I would look up for online deals just for the sake of getting a Mani Pedi session. If you are doing the same, then STOP!
Tip: Always look up for reviews or pay a visit to the salon before your appointment. Not to totally scare you, but a few nail salons that have been insufficiently cleaned or performed bad sanitization practices could be a breeding ground for bacteria and a dangerous place for you to “unwind”.
The nail station area at Heart & Soul spa is clean as a whistle with perfect music in the background. I got the ultra-glossy nails that last up to three weeks (as per Dorothy, my nail expert) but for a clumsy person like me, the manicure lasts for a week – maximum. I did not buy what she stated.
Believe it or not, my manicure lasted for two weeks for the first time in my life! I am very impressed with their services and cannot wait to visit them again.
Not to forget, their Mindfulness massage is one of the hottest topics right now. It is all about living in the moment, feeling and seeing without judgement, stopping to listen to the birds, hear the wind and smell the flowers, making Al Barari the perfect backdrop. With a 9 to 6 job that usually doesn’t end at 6 PM, I am a person who desperately needs this therapy!
They also have a mini Mani-Pedi station for the little princess. Guess who am I taking there next?
Yes, Ummamah (my niece). Can’t wait for a glam up session with her next!
Let me know what services would you like me to try next, I am all ears to your suggestions. ♥