By Mahlia Lone

Dessange, a legendary name in haircare in France with its flagship salon just off the Champs-Élysées in Paris, has been brought to our country by Dessange Pakistan CEO Farooq Alvi.

Founder Jacques Dessange started his career as the hairdresser of Dior and Chanel models and progressed to mega stars like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda; he’s famously the originator of the coiffé-décoiffé, a modern, easy, gradient cut that emphasizes natural movement and gives a mussed up and tousled, “touch me” look. Dessange also pioneered the balayage (shaded hair colour) technique and, ironically, the “California Blond.” Dessange salon products and services come highly recommended by Vogue magazine and the salons cater to men as well, not just women.

With so much expertise under their belt, I decided to try out a cut by Dessange Pakistan, Lahore branch, hair style director, Peter Bhatti who took me through the steps.

First his assistant prepped my locks with the five minute shampoo protocol. A clay application was applied to my scalp and a protection crème to my strands—a procedure unique to Dessange salons, which ensures your hair is at its peak health all the time, and is built into each hair service. Then, I experienced my first ever super luxurious shampoo locally in a sleek massage chair with a wash basin that actually adjusted to accommodate my head comfortably. Lastly, a mask was applied as a last step. The fragrance of the products was heavenly. Best of all the Phytodess range is sulfate free as well as 90 per cent organic. Sulfate, Peter said, has salt in it, which over time dries up the hair and scalp.

Trainers from the Dessange training centre in Paris came to town earlier this summer to train the local hire in cut, colour, product knowledge, mani-pedi and skin care, Peter said. Every three months, two trainers from Paris will routinely visit to teach the staff two latest cuts and every six months the local directors will attend the training school in Paris for refresher courses. This way the clientele will be assured up to date services.

Sounded impressive. I was now curious to see the results of my cut. Peter expertly advised me what would suit my face as he applied hand sanitizer just as his assistant had done earlier. Not only did the cut freshen up my look, but the blow dry he then gave me was out of this world. He unwrapped fresh-from-the-package brushes (tools are never used twice), which didn’t at all get snagged in my hair like it happens at other salons here. After the blow dry, he used a cold blast and mussed up my hair to give an unbelievably sexy bed hair look that I could never even dream of duplicating myself.

Already happy with my hair, I was then shepherded to the makeup room for the five minute complimentary makeup application. Vicky B., makeup stylist, applied natural looking makeup using Dessange cosmetics. The peachy pink blush he used was exceptionally flattering imparting a fresh and youthful look. The idea is that the clients should leave the salon perfectly polished. There is no need to go home to get ready after a Dessange appointment; you can directly go to lunch or an evening out. Convenience at its best!

I was shown the blue lit hair spa and the body spa with its massage tables and sauna, but the service hadn’t started yet since I had gone at the soft opening. That is for another day.

As I was leaving, I scheduled my next appointment; I was so pleased with the results and left feeling completely relaxed,  happy and pretty.

Good Times

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