Red Carpet Beauties

AS MOST OF you know, ladies here in the Kingdom are all covered up in public. We’re required to cover our hair (with our tarhas of course) and wear our abayas whenever we go out of our house. The idea of a beautiful woman isn’t exactly glorified (and/or exploited) in this part of the world, but as young and sassy Pinays, you know we’d find loopholes to express our beauty one way or another. Whether it is underneath our tarhas and abayas or through this blog! You better know that we bring it. Can I get a B for Beautiful? Right on. ;)

So, how can ladies in this desert city be fab and stay fab? Well, there are plenty of ladies-only salons peppered throughout the town. If you’re Filipino, chances are you get a regular home-service haircut/manicurist from fellow kabayans who do it for some extra income. But if you miss the hustle and bustle of your local beauty shop, fret not. There are lots to be found here. Though you might miss your regular gay hairdresser as all these salons are for women only. Nevertheless, you’d feel right at your feminine comfort zone with the sounds of snipping scissors, loud gusts from the blower, bubbles from the foot spa machine and the snickering between gossiping girlfriends.

Members of the Pink Tarha Team, along with other girlfriends decided to try out The Red Carpet Hair and Beauty salon. It is co-owned by a well-known Filipina entrepreneur here in Riyadh located in the Suleimaniah District. We have been hearing from our titas and other common friends that they have been to the place and they gave us enough good feedback to try it out for ourselves.

Now readers, you all know my birthday just came to pass… :P and it was before my birthday extravaganza that we opted to try out the salon. You know, to glam it up for an upcoming big day. So my friends and I set up an appointment via telephone and we arrived at the salon at around 5:30pm.

Reception area

Lounge area

A mini-snack bar, I suppose.
First thing I noticed was, “They don’t have a red carpet!”. Hahaha. You enter the salon here like you do a neighbor’s house, via doorbell and intercom. When I arrived inside, I didn’t personally feel like a “royal treatment” was headed my way (as described on their flyer). The salon looked like any ordinary hair salon in the Philippines. I wouldn’t say that it looked like a glam spot on the LA strip. But I suppose the ambiance was welcoming enough not to intimidate potential customers. It was clean and quiet. A little house music wouldn’t hurt in my opinion.

I was booked for a haircut and a facial while my girlfriends were still undecided on either getting a pedicure or threading for their eyebrows. I hadn’t had a haircut since January and my hair has lost its shape and volume. According to the grapevine, the hairdressers that this salon hired were all trained or were previous employees of David’s Salon in the Philippines.


Their styling trays were clean and organized.
Hair care products used are from L’Oreal and Wella.

The “spa” area where they do the facials and body massages.

Facial products used are from Nu Skin

Apart from the areas seen here, the salon also has a space for their foot spa/manicure/pedicure clients. They are also known in the Filipino community for adding nail decals to their polish and I have heard good things about their foot spas. In an interesting note, as one of my friends was getting her eyebrow threading done, we learned that they also do “Brazilian waxing”. *wink wink*

I opted for a ‘Galvanic Facial Spa’ which is an upgrade from your regular facial where they use this special device and gel that is supposed to further energize the skin. The facial was painful as it should be when they pierce your pores to take out the bad stuff. I just chanted in my brain, “Pain is beauty…pain is beauty…pain is beauty”. LOL.

Voila!

My hair all done and my skin is still glistening from the facial (with my friend, J).

The service was fair enough. I just think that they were a bit understaffed. The mini bar wasn’t even stocked I guess because no one offered us to have some snacks or something. I was satisfied with my haircut, but it wasn’t like a “Wow!” moment. The facial was good, but when I started asking the lady about the benefits of what she was doing/applying on me, all I got were generic answers. It would be beneficial if she educated me along the process so that I too, can care for my skin better.

Overall, the Red Carpet Hair and Beauty Salon offered what it could. We all came out of that salon looking better than we did going in, so that means they did their job right, right? Right.

So, if you are in Riyadh and have been long searching for a salon to treat yourself to…Or if you are an incoming OFW having withdrawal syndromes with your local beauty shop in the Philippines…worry no more. You can try The Red Carpet Hair and Beauty salon and see if it fits you. If not, then rely on your Pink Tarha Ladies to scout out more salons in this city in the days to come. :)

Cheers!
-ec-

The Red Carpet Hair and Beauty salon offers hair design and style, hair treatments, hair coloring, nail care and nail art, facial and body treatment, massages and waxing treatments.

Contact them at:
Near RKH/Military Hospital
Suleimaniah District
P.O. Box 64115
Riyadh 11536, KSA
T: +966-1-293-3497
M: +966-55-651-0758

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10 Comments

  1. niqabi Reply

    I had my haircut there also..hehehe yung primary pic ko sa fb courtesy of red carpet. i have been planning to come back there since last month kaso lagi namomove.. nakakatuwa naman, ang liit ng mundo..<br /><br />One thing na nagustuhan ko sa red carpet is that they stick to their sked and di sila nagpapasindak hehehe. Kahit pa merong Saudi na nagpupumilit sumingit, dedma lang nila. Sa iba

  2. the doctor is thin Reply

    there&#39;s a new one, just near our homebase :) will check it out and let you guys know how it is

  3. aha ganyan pala ang itsura ng mga salon for ladies here ang tataas kasi ng mga bakod at saradongsarado lol

  4. Anonymous Reply

    I just go there for foot spa with pedicure ,i love the two ladies doing it, thumbs up for the both, and that&#39;s all! spa chair is not comfortable and i didn&#39;t fell a royal treatment, a kitchen sink for the foot spa? Is the owner saving money or just don&#39;t have taste or knowledge about spa…? Or maybe I expected much, don&#39;t blame me blame it to their advertisment.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    I was personally very disappointed in the treatment i received there….. the palce is run down, there was NO client communication…… they turned my hair pink and charged me 700SAR for a hair cut and colour…grrrrrr would never recommend

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Is there a male barbershop around Riyadh where they do the usual hair coloring and haricut, plus the usual pedicure and massage?

  7. Anonymous Reply

    hello beauties if you are really looking for a royal treatment try HEADS UP salon and spa, perfect, I never saw a salon in my life until I tried them .Double thumbs up!!! location very near Military hospital , beside Al Rajih super market, see you there addict na kami ng friends ko doon , they have a lot of services na wala sa iba, you&#39;ve got to see it to believe it Tarha beauties,,, GO!

  8. Anonymous Reply

    you&#39;re right, grabe, ang galing ng services walang wala sa red carpet….its incomparable, no match. So if you really have good taste you should try them and I,m hundred percent sure babalik balikan nyo rin , GO pink Tarha beauties!

  9. Anonymous Reply

    wow, great news, HEADS UP SALON have a branch now for men….yes a barber shop with spa. This means that they really have good services huh.

  10. Anonymous Reply

    Need to know the location of the Salon for men. please. thanks

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