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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.