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Hair today, gone tomorrow - Dubai’s best kept style secret. - By Rebecca Wicks

I’ve been wearing my new hair a lot lately.

Now that’s not a phrase you’re used to hearing, is it? Unless of course you’re prone to surrounding yourself with bald people, or very old ladies who’ve lived in Dubai so long that they can’t let go of their looks, even though their looks tried to leave them naturally, years ago.

I may be verging on 30 and lucky enough to still have my hair, but it’s never quite long enough, never quite soft enough and... dammit...the fringe never blends into the pesky front bits the way I want. So when a very nice lady called Kate at Jewels Salon (opposite JBR in the Jewel Towers) offered to show me the way to fabulousness via hair extensions, well, who was I to turn down a chance at renewal? No woman in her right mind who’s experienced the envious glances of a girl with shorter hair, would turn down an opportunity to turn heads once again, basking in the glory of having luscious long locks. Even if she didn’t grow them herself.

These certain extensions are branded l.u.s.h, which stands for and are clip in, quite cleverly, so although they’re made from 100 natural human hair, there’s no messing about with weaving things into your scalp, or gluing them onto a toupee, Elton John style. These, Kate tells me, you can fix in and take out as often as you like. You can curl them yourself, straighten them yourself, wash them yourself and leave them out to dry on the clothes line (just in case your neighbours didn’t think you were weird enough already).

When I left the salon, my head felt slightly heavier but as we drove off in the car with the top down and the sun blazing, I felt like a movie star. People were definitely looking. It’s funny how longer hair can you make you feel slimmer too. Perhaps because it sits above the waist line, it emphasizes curves, makes your legs appear longer... who knows, but over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling extra confident, prettier, and appreciative of a woman I’ve never even met, who grew it all on my behalf and never even left a number so I could say thanks.

So far, I’ve been out to three dinners, wearing my new hair. The first was Nobu, which I thought would be a true test of hair power � only the super rich, beautiful and fashion conscious dine at Nobu, right? Well, maybe not, but I definitely felt a few admiring glances as I tucked into my seaweed salad and seared tuna. The second outing was Mango Tree. My hair loved this one. I was trying not to drag it in my sesame chicken when a past date walked past, stopped for a second, then turned to say hi, having not recognized me to begin with. He didn’t mention my hair but I could tell he was thinking something along the lines of “I’m sure you had shorter hair last time I saw you, and it wasn’t that long ago... surely.” I think men are less receptive to these subtle changes. Still, bonus points for the natural look � he would have said something if I had clips sticking out of my scalp, for sure.

The third was at a great new restaurant in Barsha, next to the Seven Sands hotel, called Chimes. This was one of those media-dos, where lots of people you don’t know sit around and talk about work. A perfect opportunity for a stranger to whisper something about “the girl with fake hair”, one would think. However, no one said a thing. At least... I don’t think they did. Chimes is lovely by the way, if you get the chance to check it out. They do the most delicious Singapore Pepper Crab I’ve ever tasted, and promise a mixture of Far Eastern cuisine to rival that in any 5 star hotel � definitely worthy of a look in. In fact, my hair and I took a delivery menu, in case we don’t feel like traveling next time.

The next test for my hair of course, is a catamaran outing. If it can survive the blasts of wind one can experience on board a boat, in an afternoon oceanic adventure, I’m pretty sure it can survive anything!

Ladies, get your own l.u.s.h clip in hair extensions from Jewels Salon, Jewels Tower 1, (opposite JBR).
Call 04 430 8719.
One pack costs 500 AED.

Posted: 04 February 2009

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