If there’s one thing that I dislike doing abroad, it is haircuts and blow drys. As a women, when you find that amazing hairdresser who can handle your hair and leave you looking stunning, you latch on to them and never let them go. I recall one family has a hairdresser, who’s roughly 80 years old, but has worked with the same family for 60 years now! On your staff rota, the hairdresser is perhaps the most important person. It’s all good and well having a hairdresser in your home town, but our ever increasingly international lives mean that when abroad, we also need a good hairdresser.
As this is my first haircut in Riyadh, I have nothing to compare it to aside from a haircut/blow dry at Dubai airport. Mariyah Beauty Center was recommended by several people, but I was hesitant to go. However, circumstances changed and in the end I needed to go and get a haircut.
The center is easily located – it is just in front of the Ibis hotel on Olaya Street. There is a sign that says Mariyah in front of the doors. In order to enter, one must press the buzzer and be buzzed in. Then you have to go up the stairs or take the lift to the floor with the hairdressers.
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Upon entering, you will notice the salon is bright and airy. There are big comfortable sofas and a parrot who’s squawking is quite distressing. Poor little bird cooped up in the cage!
Anyway, let us move on to the haircut. You will be given a book to choose your haircut or you can tell the hairdresser exactly what you want. Mariyah is staffed by employees from the Philippines, who no doubt are some of the friendliest people in the world. (An important point to make here is that all the staff speak great English. I rwould not feel comfortable with someone who doesn’t speak English dealing with my hair.) There are the usual L’oreal Professional products, such as shampoos and hairsprays, used in the salon too.
What I loved about this place is the hairdresser was skilled, efficient and did a good job on my hair. The entire wash, cut and blow dry was 150 SAR. The center also offers manicures and pedicures. In addition, there is a snack shop and gift store. It is a beautiful place to meet and get away for a while. However, I don’t think I will go back for a haircut unless it is an emergency. Although my hair looked great, all the tugging and pulling from the blow dry meant my scalp was sore for three days. Sore scalp is a weird sensation.
I’ve attached the treatment and service list below. If you do visit Mariyah, I hope you have a great session!