In this clutter of salons and spas in the city, with clusters of little “polars” in every other street (each pretty much worse than the other) it’s very hard to find a place you are comfortable with. Where the girls are nice and the ambiance is relaxing.
So when I came across Joie Salon – situated in Khayaban-e-Bukhari (behind Chatterbox Cafe), I was not only awestruck by the swanky interior but also the great, calming vibes the place has to offer. If you are a stickler for peaceful salon experiences, this is your place. Soft music, mood lighting, no loud noises. Just a great atmosphere for you to unwind in the midst of an otherwise crazy day that Karachi has to offer to most of us.
Other than being just really pretty, the place is well thought out. So you have your pedicure stations with mini jacuzzis for the feet. And pretty cool disco lights inside – yeah, I was clearly fascinated! The staff member doing my pedicure was rather amused by my fascination and even offered to change colors for the disco lights inside the jacuzzi. Not to mention, she was thoroughly professional and really very good. So there was none of that unnecessary chatter and absolutely no comments on the horrendous appearance of my feet. Just her occasionally asking me if the pressure was good and if I was comfortable. Which I definitely was. Any time my feet are being pampered is a time loved by me.
Now the one thing I discovered – which probably NO other salon in Karachi has is these Maletti Wash units. So you’re not sitting on an uncomfortable chair cringing and crying in pain as the hair dresser washes your hair – no! You’re sitting on a luxurious massage recliner – with buttons on the side to adjust your position and massage speed. Yes, you can start going crazy in excitement right about now. I was really fascinated by this because this is the kind of stuff fancy hotel spas like the Four Seasons have!
However, the one thing that makes this salon stand out from the rest is that they will not sell you treatments that will ruin your hair for life. So there’s none of that Chi and Extenso crap that every salon out there wants to give you. I have great hair but I have also been offered Chi at most places I go to. And since I know how harmful these treatments are in the long run I never get them done. But I know many are duped by the false premise of temporarily shiny hair and victim to long term shedding, bald patches, dryness among other issues. So Joie has none of these treatments. They just have masks and routine treatments for your hair that will help you manage it effectively. So if you have frizzy hair, you can regularly come in for a protein mask and feel the difference yourself.
I have come back from my salon date happy. With shiny toe nails and an irresistible urge to go back. You deserve this feeling too, so I say go try it out and see for yourself.
My OPI pedicure cost PKR 1700 (yeah I was shocked at how reasonable their prices were considering the level of luxury they are offering) and the full list of services is available on their Facebook Page.