At Last My Curls Have Returned!

My story goes like this: Since 10 years old, I’ve always had curly wavy hair and not one hairdresser until now has known how to cut it to bring out my curls. Despite my enduring desire for Sarah Jessica Parker curls, it was always the same story: “Sorry honey, stop wishing for what you can’t have. You have beautiful hair, why do you want to change it?” Frustration!!

Curls

Sammy’s great haircut returned my long lost curls to me.

But what I didn’t know is that the truth is I had curls –  it’s just not one hairdresser knew how to bring them out!  Why? Because my hair was so chopped, teased, and chemically treated, the curls never had a chance to develop – and I never waited long enough between haircuts to let them come out.

But after so many years, luck was finally on my side: My mother’s friend suggested I try her hairdresser at Salon Ilan in Jerusalem’s Leonardo Plaza Hotel on King George Street.  And suddenly there they were – my curls had returned!

First of all, I don’t know about you but I already feel like a celebrity when I walk into a smart elegant hotel. The presence and ambience is in the air. You can smell it! photo-26

Once you’re in the Salon, you’re in for a real treat: a mix of personal care and highly skilled treatment tells you that you’ve come to the right place. This is not your run of the mill beauty salon – it’s the place where class meets perfection. The staff’s magic touch, unusual imagination, and careful, precise skill, bring out the beauty that you knew you had all along. And it’s all done in an easy, friendly atmosphere that makes your transformation an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

Everybody seems to know each other. Customers hug and kiss the staff and thank them for doing such a beautiful job. The hair stylists listen to what look you want and the result is what you actually thought of.

Coffee and Israeli fashion magazines are offered.

Sipping and reading while hair is being styled. Who could ask for more?

Sipping and reading while hair is being styled. Who could ask for more?

Salon Ilan has been serving its customers for 35 years! The salon was started by Hairstylist Guru, Ilan Naveh.  I spoke with Sammy, the hair specialist who takes care of me. He has worked with this salon since he was a student from the Bet Elisheva Hairdressing School in Jerusalem over 30 years ago.  Since the salon is part of the hotel, the clientele is Israeli, Anglo, and foreign. Lots of tourists. I asked Sammy what styles and cuts the customers usually ask for. He said the trend is now haircuts with long layers. People like something they can manage to do when they are alone at home. Although, I overheard one customer say that her haircut was so beautiful, she will never be able to do it as nicely  He said the best part of his job is seeing his customers happy with their haircut, blow dry, or color and the beaming smiles on their faces.

The worst part? Blowdrying the hair if it’s difficult to stretch and straighten like mine. I know.  My arm aches just watching the process.

Kerastase Hair Styling Products
Kerastase Hair Styling Products

Products? The Salon uses mainly Kerastase. Popular days? Thursdays and Fridays. Hours? Sunday to Thursdays 9am-6pm. Fridays 9am-1pm. Contact Details: 02-625-1018

If you are looking to get your nails and toes done,  there is an in-house manicurist, but make sure you book her in advance! She also take care of bridal make up and other cosmetic/skin needs.

 

 
 

Trendy Hair Salon Amongst Nature’s Finest

Do you ever ask yourself where you can get your hair done in a cozy intimate setting without the buzzing traffic? Moris’s Hair Salon in the trendy Baka Area of Jerusalem just might be what you are looking for. The salon is nestled in a neighborhood full of beautiful flowers and trees that never seem to lose their vibrancy.  82 Rechov Derech Bet Lechem.  photo-9

photo-10An interesting fact: The hairdressing studio is situated next to the only apple tree in Jerusalem with one green apple hanging in the middle.

A lonely apple hanging on Jerusalem’s only apple tree

Moris’s salon has clients traveling to them from all over Israel; Eilat, Aco, and Nahariya are a few cities that were mentioned. Moris himself has been in the hair cutting business for the last 17 years. How did he know he wanted to be a hair stylist? As a little boy, he used to go with his mother to hair salons and at age 13 he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Well, according to his clients, he is doing a fantastic job!. I spoke with Yaron who’s specialty is making brides look beautiful on their wedding day. He said clients are asking for short asymetric styles. The former Victoria Spice look is back on the market. I had that haircut a few years back.  http://www.short-haircut.com/best-bob-hairstyles-2013.html

Usual orders for colors are medium brown with honey highlights. Blond and red is also back. Best part of his job? Seeing his clients thrilled with the end results and the great service the salon provides. Also on hand is their own private cosmetician for mani/pedi/bridal make up/facials, etc. Busiest day? Sunday and Friday. It’s a small shop so while you wait grab a seat on a few leather cozy chairs waiting for you outside the cafe while sipping a hot cup of your choice…  Cappuccino, expresso long and short, cafe hafuch(cafe au lait), decaf, and tea. There is a fashion catwalk video in the background showing the latest fashion styles. Products they use? Schwarzkopf. The salon’s hours are Sun-Thurs-9am-7pm. Friday and holidays, 9am-3pm. Contact number is 026722952.

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Indulgent Hand Creams Made in Israel

It’s almost the end of October in Israel and the weather is still relatively warm. Short sleeves, sandals, sun cream is still the norm. The leaves here don’t change colors, unfortunately.

As you know, the sun’s rays make your hands and nails dry. Women are always using hand cream to keep their hands moist and smelling great! . They rub the cream all over their skin, nails, and cuticles. Whether it’s on the bus, in the office, or right before eating at a restaurant. The smell is blissful. Some creams have the notorious smell of the Dead Sea water and salts while others have a smell of honey or fruits.  The trend used to be that when you thought of hand creams made in israel, you only thought of Ahava or other Dead Sea products. Things have changed. Other hand creams on the Israeli market made with different ingredients and are selling like wildcats. I went to a few different stores in Jerusalem to show you the latest on the market.

The first was Laline. photoThey have branches all over the country.  Five in Jerusalem. I visited the one on 6 Rechov Ben Hillel Street. The salesgirl was very nice and let me browse and look at the creams without watching my every move. Thankfully, she left me alone. Don’t you hate when you enter a make up counter at a department store and they almost jump on you?

There were rows  and rows of hand creams: Some had better scents than others. The lavender hand cream was wonderful. It made me feel calm and cozy, while the strawberry milk one smelled good enough to eat! For 54.99 NIS, you can get fig, lavender or vanilla patchouli in a pretty plastic bottle with a gold or silver pump! You choose.

Next was Sabon,  http://www.sabon.co.il/index2.html, who photo (1)unfortunately didn’t let me take any pictures except the banner which I took outside the store’s premises. The salesgirl was very friendly until I told her I was writing a blog and would like to promote their store for free publicity on the web. She said no pictures. I guess she didn’t understand even though I asked her and she said yes, she understood. They are an international chain with branches all over Israel. The store is very elegant and inviting.  There were two rows of hand creams. Some in boxes i.e.: musk, lavender rose, patchouli lavender vanilla, and lavender apple for 43 NIS. The creams also come in pretty plastic bottles with pumps for 59 NIS. If you want to give your hands a vigorous treatment, you can get a hand scrub for 56 NIS. Moisturizing gloves are 82 NIS and come in white. If you need to wash your hands without water when you’re on the go, you can buy a small bottle for 22 NIS that can fit right in your purse.  Gift baskets of different creams were on display in big and small wicker baskets tied with a silk white ribbon. If you don’t like their choice of items, you can choose and make your own.

Sabon has many unique deals. There is always a discount. This week it’s 30 percent off all lavender apple products. Don’t forget to sign up for their club card. You get points everytime you buy a product and they give you a free gift at birthday time. This year it’s choose a tube from four scented hand creams!

bowl of hand creams

bowl of hand creams

If you are looking for a bargain hand cream, go to a Dead Sea Store. You can find these shops all over downtown Jerusalem.  When you see their inviting bowl of hand and foot creams, you know you are at the right place. These fit right into your purse. To my surprise, those tubes were the only hand creams in the shop.

The famous Ahava, ltd. store I stopped in at the Mamilla Mall. Their two bestseller hand creams are Mineral hand cream for daily use and Dermud Intensive Hand Cream for dry and cracked hands.  The smell is wonderful. You feel you are at floating in the Dead Sea already!

Last but not least, I went to Superpharm. This is just a very big pharmacy that sells everything:  from diapers to cosmetics  to medicine to hand creams. There were so many to choose from. Prices range from 9 NIS to 35 NIS. The Life company has three types: Brazilian, Japanese, and Indian. Alas, they didn’t smell at all like their description on the bottle; but still were pleasant scents.

All these creams make great gifts for you or your friend. Go on indulge. It’s worth it…

To check out other hand cream, try clicking here:
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