As the gloves are slowly peeled off and any excess wax is wiped off, everything – my hands, my nails, my cuticles, my forearms – feel softer and more hydrated than they have in ages. I’ve long known that paraffin wax is popular as it’s a natural emollient, and all that hype suddenly makes a lot of sense. The finishing touch is nail polish, of course, and I deviate from my signature sheer-white hue and go for a hint of gold sparkle instead. Dessange Bahrain is decked out with white and gold decorative accents for the festive season, so it only feels apt.
As Jeany, my nail technician, transitions from base coat to polish to top coat, I’m reminded of the good old days (yes, pre-pandemic), when weekly trips to the salon meant a little pampering and muchneeded me time. Life may have gotten more complicated as of late, but it’s time to return to those little rituals. Because self-care is not a destination – it’s a journey. My self-care journey at Dessange continues onto the Precious Treatment Phytodess, which starts with the TERRE PRÉCIEUSE Perle clay mask by Phytodess. Rich in minerals and designed to recharge, it’s applied onto my scalp, then massaged for a deep cleanse. Even with my face mask on, I get a whiff of its scent, and it’s lovely. I detect a hint of lavender and peppermint, which is relaxing yet revitalising.
It’s the perfect combination. And while the clay mask works its magic to tone and add density, a haircare milk is combined with a laminaria cream – again, both by Phytodess. Formulated to deeply nourish dry and damaged tresses, the mixture is meticulously applied, section by section, tackling any tangles along the way. Expect to have this left on for about 20 minutes before it’s washed off, which brings me to the shampoo chair that I’m soon escorted to. Designed with a built-in massage mechanism, it’s quite literally what was missing from my life. As the vibrations move from my shoulders down to my lower back, I feel all my pent-up stress just melt away. All my life, I’ve awkwardly squirmed around while my hair was washed, wondering how the women beside me looked so relaxed – but not here. Sensing my state of bliss, the attentive staff at Dessange offer to carry out the final step of the treatment – the Phytodess Crème Précieuse – right here by the sink. And I happily agree.
This particular blend brings together silk proteins, precious minerals, amino acids, and an ester based in coconut oil, resulting in a rich cream that provides the type of nutrients that my dry and sensitive hair is in need of. We all know that 2020 has been the year of DIY haircuts and hair colour, so the fact that our locks can do with a little replenishment is no secret. The Crème Précieuse is applied, massaged in, and then left for a further 15 minutes. And by the time it’s washed off, I practically have to pry myself off that shampoo chair. Luckily, a hair trim